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Gained weight
11/26/12 7:19 PM
Hi,
I have gained 10 pounds since I started Insanity and I'm only half way through... Is that normal?
I'm female and used to be 130 lbs but now I am 140. A girl doesn't feel great when she gains weight so I was expecting to lose some. Will I keep gaining if I continue?
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11/26/12 7:39 PM as a reply to Nanita3.
Hi,

In my experience, weight gain isn't the norm especially with an intense program like Insanity. Are you following the nutrition plan closely? Are you taking supplements like creatine? Pay particularly close attention to not only the amount of calories your taking in but the carbs as well. If your on point with those, it could be water retention. Hope that helps. Good luck.

Regards,

Steve
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11/27/12 11:49 AM as a reply to Nanita3.
That's hard to say without knowing what your diet is now and what it was before you began Insanity. BUT DON'T GIVE UP! Do you feel like you're getting a good workout when you do Insanity? One big misstep some people make, especially when first starting out is not learning correct form. Over time this can drastically affect your results. One person can do exercises with improper form and still be fatigued, but over time this person's results will pale in comparison to the person who did the exercises with proper form consistently. Unfortunately this happens a lot, but anyone can learn the proper mechanics over time with practice. These are just a few of the variables you need to be aware of before you start looking at a root cause. If being healthy is something you plan on maintaining your entire life, then you shouldn't worry about your weight so much right now, the weight will come off just keep pushing and if you want to talk more about exercise form and/or nutrition feel free to message me.

Coach Palmz

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11/27/12 6:11 AM as a reply to Nanita3.
Nanita3:
Hi,
I have gained 10 pounds since I started Insanity and I'm only half way through... Is that normal?
I'm female and used to be 130 lbs but now I am 140. A girl doesn't feel great when she gains weight so I was expecting to lose some. Will I keep gaining if I continue?


First question I have is what is your diet like?

Can you show us an example of a day's worth of eating, complete with serving sizes and food choices? Please be as specific as possible so that we can help.
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11/27/12 11:51 AM as a reply to TheBandit27.
Bandit is right. It's a question about your eating more than about Insanity. It's possible that the difficulty of the program is making you exceptionally hungry and you're not controlling your intake enough.
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11/27/12 5:10 PM as a reply to AdStaffAndrew.
I'm having a very hard time eating healthy. I don't eat much, but whatever I do eat is not healthy. However, I haven't changed my diet at all since I started working out. I didn't expect great results for that matter but didn't expect to gain either.
Let's see... I drink one to two protein shakes a day, cereal in the morning. Often I have frozen dinner (Smart ones) and at least once a week I would have fast food (I know it's bad). I drink V8 daily and juice up fruit and vegetables before going to bed.
I have will power to work out, but the food is another story. (I may go overboard sometimes with dairy and bread)
Thanks for your help
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11/27/12 5:32 PM as a reply to Nanita3.
Ok, so it's not the workouts...it's your nutrition plan. You need to be eating 4-6, smaller portioned meals per day. This seems counterintuitive to most people, but metabolically it's much more conducive to losing fat.

Here are a few things I noticed from what you said. "One or two protein shakes a day" is good, but you have to make sure you are taking them at the right times. The most important time is within 30 minutes of working out, when your body needs those nutrients. The morning is good if you are in a hurry and before bed is good as well so you can bypass eating an entire meal later at night and fuel your body throughout the night. For example, I have a protein shake every night before bed because I can't fall asleep if I'm anywhere near hungry and I don't like cooking at night!

Skip the frozen dinners...they are still processed. Have oatmeal instead of cereal. You need to eat foods that undergo the least amount of processing, you'll feel so much better and leaner after awhile. A better choice would be 8 oz. of chicken breast, a serving of cottage cheese and a few ounces of kale and/or spinach (just a quick example). I don't think I have to explain the fast food emoticon. In my opinion, V8 is processed sugar juice. If you want real juice, buy a juicer and juice organic fruits and vegetables, but make sure they are ORGANIC! You don't want to juice organic produce with ones that have pesticides and such on them or it defeats the purpose. For me, the only liquids I intake are lots of water, coconut water and organic juice that I make and the difference is unbelievable. I understand we all have cravings, but after awhile you start to just forget about those old cravings when you see results and don't want to diminish them. "Going overboard" with dairy and bread does not sound good haha. It sounds like you just need a solid plan and then all you have to do is stick to it. Just set out a food budget and then just buy only healthy foods so you have no choice/means but to eat them!


Coach Palmz
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11/28/12 3:36 AM as a reply to CoachPalmz.
Wow, this is more work than I thought. I tried eating like this once and lasted a week, still need to work on the motivation. You are right, I felt a lot better though.
What doesn't make sense to me is why I'm gaining now and I've always eaten like this and never exceeded my usual weight.
And the insanity workouts are definitely insane, that is, I get a great workout every time.
I have one more question (and if this is the wrong place to ask, you don't have to answer): When out at a bar for example, is it okay to have beer or is there a better alternative, since I know all the other drinks are full of sugar?
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11/28/12 5:46 AM as a reply to Nanita3.
CoachPalmz has some pretty good advice here.

The only item I respectfully disagree with is the meal frequency, as it's not really crucuial to eat 4-6 smaller meals. Eat whatever size/number of meals is convenient/comfortable for you. If it's 6, great, if it's 3, fine, as long as your food choices are clean and you're eating below your number of maintenance calories, you'll lose fat.

Hope that is helpful.
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11/28/12 5:10 PM as a reply to Nanita3.
The reason I advocate a higher frequency of meals, but in smaller portions is because
1) It controls your hunger for you by supplying you with food throughout the day rather than a few big meals. It also decreases your cravings to eat more than you normally would, which over time can affect your results.
2) It makes you plan what you're going to eat, instead of just eating whatever is around.
3) It gives you a better nutritional balance as opposed to eating one or two meals in large portions.
4) It normalizes your blood sugar levels.

Maybe it's because I'm a guy and I love eating emoticon No matter what you do, your caloric expenditure has to be greater than your caloric intake to lose weight and it's alot easier to control this with a nutrition plan and accounting for your meals. After awhile it gets alot easier. Remember, you want Consistent Control of all these factors.

As for alcohol...remember these are empty calories and when you consume alcohol, it inhibits lipid oxidation because your body wants to break down the alcohol first, which basically makes it harder for your body to burn the pre-existing fat.

Coach Palmz
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11/29/12 5:45 AM as a reply to CoachPalmz.
CoachPalmz:
The reason I advocate a higher frequency of meals, but in smaller portions is because
1) It controls your hunger for you by supplying you with food throughout the day rather than a few big meals. It also decreases your cravings to eat more than you normally would, which over time can affect your results.
2) It makes you plan what you're going to eat, instead of just eating whatever is around.
3) It gives you a better nutritional balance as opposed to eating one or two meals in large portions.
4) It normalizes your blood sugar levels.

Maybe it's because I'm a guy and I love eating emoticon No matter what you do, your caloric expenditure has to be greater than your caloric intake to lose weight and it's alot easier to control this with a nutrition plan and accounting for your meals. After awhile it gets alot easier. Remember, you want Consistent Control of all these factors.

As for alcohol...remember these are empty calories and when you consume alcohol, it inhibits lipid oxidation because your body wants to break down the alcohol first, which basically makes it harder for your body to burn the pre-existing fat.

Coach Palmz
www.facebook.com/coachpalmz


Thanks for the clarification. Don't get me wrong, I understand the mindset behind higher meal frequency, I just don't want people to think that they have to eat more often in order to lose weight or keep their metabolism high (what's funny is that the science shows--if anything--that the opposite is true).

Personally, I've tried a bunch of different things and noticed that I do much better eating 2-3 huge meals per day. It keeps me full for a longer period of time, and helps me lose fat and gain muscle faster. Again though, I found that out through experimentation, which I highly recommend for everyone.

As you pointed out, the most important components are food choices and calorie mindfulness...no getting around that!

Good tip on the alcohol too; something that gets lost in the shuffle far too often.
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11/30/12 4:08 AM as a reply to TheBandit27.
Thank you both, now I have to work on the motivation.
As far as alcohol, I guess you're saying I need to give it up completely... That is going to be a challenge since I work in the alcohol industry.
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11/30/12 5:23 AM as a reply to Nanita3.
Nanita3:
Thank you both, now I have to work on the motivation.
As far as alcohol, I guess you're saying I need to give it up completely... That is going to be a challenge since I work in the alcohol industry.


I hear ya; it can definitely be tough. My favorite night of the week used to be pizza & 6-pack night at home with my buddies (oh, and chicken wings...I live in Buffalo). The thought of eschewing it for 90 days when I did P90X was daunting.

You know what I found out? If you can skip it once, then you can skip it twice. If you can skip it twice, then you can skip it 3 times, and so-on and so-forth.

Just ditch the sauce for 60 days and you'll be thrilled with your results. Once you've hit your goal weight, there's nothing wrong about adding a few drinks back in every so often. Personally, I'm not a big drinker anymore, but I do fancy a few (2-3) glasses of red wine or a craft beers one Saturday each month. Since I'm at my goal weight, it doesn't hurt my results at all and gives me something to look forward to.

Once you're at your goal weight, you can probably do the same.

Hope that helps.
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