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caloric intake+weightloss
12/16/12 3:05 PM
I'm one wk into Insanity. Finished 2 rounds of P90X, first classic then dbls. I started at 195lb/ size 16-18 and am now 168 and a size 10. I am proud of myself for just sticking with it and pressing play! But I have to say I think I could have done better with those numbers. Now doing insanity I really wanna get focused and really kick up the wieghtloss end of things. Till now I have been fairly good about eating 1300-1400cals. I have tried cutting carbs, that didn't really work as I died during the cardio workouts. I tried watching my percentages of fat, carb and protein but that didn't last. So Now I'd say I basically eat clean/cut sugar, barely have a drink ever, eat carbs in the AM and try not to eat any starches the rest of the day. I'm not finding I am hungry ever but everything I am reading till now is telling me to eat more eat more..... I'm kind of worried I'll start gaining. I did add more carbs to my diet for insanity as it really is more intense I find then P90X. And I have added about 200 more cals to my diet this past wk. I have put on an additional 2lbs. Now would you say this might be just an adjustment period and to just hold out for a month to really get a better picture? Any advice on how to approach my diet as I know the workouts are ok. I burn about 300-320 cals during insanity and then I also use the treadmill almost every day for another 40 mins and burn about 350-400cals more. I use a polar HRM and track every thing... use loseit and a fitbit! I'm over kill right!? LOL
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12/16/12 3:55 PM as a reply to Natacha1973.
you ROCK!

Great job keeping track of everything and being so committed. Don't get discouraged about the 2 lbs, you will reach your goals for sure with this kind of commitment emoticon

I would agree it is adjusting to the extra calories. Before I can really pinpoint what the problem is, what is your age and height? I can figure out a good estimate of calories for you. I think you made the right choice in adding some carbs, you definitely need it for Insanity.

Andrew
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12/16/12 5:19 PM as a reply to AndrewK09.
Thanks Andrew!! I'm 39 and 5'5". This has been a long time coming. I've been overweight for most of my adult life but before 20 I was very active. Went to the gym. Biked everywhere and walked. Then I got a car went away to school and the story bad eating and gain began. I know what things I shouldn't eat ie: sugar, processed crap, and the likes. The majority of the time that's no problem. I will admit once in a blue moon I falter but I account for all of it. I'm the kind of person who needs information. Maybe too much at times. So at the moment I think I'm looking for proof that if I eat more ill still shed. I can deal with adjustments but if I gain back 10lbs right now ill be seriously demotivated as it took months to drop those 10! Fear is eating me up. :0
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12/17/12 12:28 PM as a reply to Natacha1973.
Tell us how you arrived at your current estimate for how many calories worth of food you should eat every day. If you've been eating in the 1200 to 1500 range and not losing as much weight as you'd like I would really try upping the number a bit.

Natacha1973:
Thanks Andrew!! I'm 39 and 5'5". This has been a long time coming. I've been overweight for most of my adult life but before 20 I was very active. Went to the gym. Biked everywhere and walked. Then I got a car went away to school and the story bad eating and gain began. I know what things I shouldn't eat ie: sugar, processed crap, and the likes. The majority of the time that's no problem. I will admit once in a blue moon I falter but I account for all of it. I'm the kind of person who needs information. Maybe too much at times. So at the moment I think I'm looking for proof that if I eat more ill still shed. I can deal with adjustments but if I gain back 10lbs right now ill be seriously demotivated as it took months to drop those 10! Fear is eating me up. :0
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12/17/12 7:01 PM as a reply to AdStaffAndrew.
Well I started out on WW and got fed up not really knowing how the hell the system added up intake. So I went to my loseit app and used their formula. I tracked both ways and it seemed to pretty much equal out so I stuck with loseit. At first the weight was coming off and all was good for round one of p90x I took a month off and started rd 2 dbls. My cals worked the first go round so I figured I stick with it. I've tried adding more cals in here and there for like one wk here or there but every time I seemed to gain. Maybe I didn't give it enough time to equal out. I dunno? But I look at my loss results at both rounds and def did not have as good results 2nd time. So to be fair, my loseit app says I have x-amount of calories still to eat. But sometimes I look at the numbers and I'd be eating 2500. I'm just in disbelief I guess. I can't imagine eating over 2000 cals and still shedding. I'm feeling kind of crazy saying that right now as it seems like there are tons of ppl here (women too) who do. So AdstaffAndrew, would you say I'm prob over training and under eating? Ill eat more calories, goodness I know how to do that emoticon just don't want to back pedal.
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12/17/12 9:28 PM as a reply to Natacha1973.
Natacha.

For starters, congrats on what you have done thus far. 27 lbs is awesome. And you actually lost more than that in fat because I guarantee you gained a few lbs in muscle (I'm thinking 32 lbs fat lost).

I've been down this road with 100's of customers. Those that have taken my leap of faith and bumped up, have seen a change. Honesty! First thing that happens is that you bump up a few lbs. After 1-2 weeks at that new higher weight, you starting ticking downward again. By 3-4 weeks you are back at that starting weight (168). But, here is the catch, you will continue to lose and finally break that plateau.

So what should your calories be? 1800. 1800 will still put you at a daily 400-500 calorie deficit.

I hope that helps. Again. Be proud of your accomplishments and keep pushing.

Coach Jason
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12/18/12 5:25 AM as a reply to CoachJasonW.
Ok, Thanks Jason, I'm diving in! Last night I was still only at 1350 for the day and went to the kitchen and had some more protein and a bit of slow carbs just to bring me up another 300 cals. Today I am jet set intent on eating 1800. I'll give this a good month to work itself out. I'll toss the scale and keep pressing on and just focus on pushing it in my workouts and burning between 600-800 cals a day. If in one month I'm not at least back at my starting point I'll revisit this post and look for some help again! Thanks!
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12/18/12 7:53 AM as a reply to Natacha1973.
A great way to bump up calories is with good fats like almonds and avocados.

Talk more later.

Jason
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12/18/12 9:20 AM as a reply to CoachJasonW.
This is good advice. Also olives, olive oil...
CoachJasonW:
A great way to bump up calories is with good fats like almonds and avocados.

Talk more later.

Jason
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12/18/12 9:21 AM as a reply to Natacha1973.
Natacha, do me a favor and go to the Beachbody Caloric Needs Calculator and input all your data. I'd be curious to know what it says.
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12/18/12 5:10 PM as a reply to AdStaffAndrew.
Jason Thanks for the tips! I do eat all over the above. I usually always make a salad at dinner with olive oil, eat olives too, almonds and almond butter in my shakes and breakfast cereal, but I just want to confirm... would you say adding these calories are like packing a punch but intaking a small volume of food? @Andrew, I did the numbers from your link and I should be eating a little over 1900.... emoticon! New to site and have not explored that part yet... So yesterday and today I made sure to intake at least 1800. I truly feel rediculous as I have been thinking I have not been eating enough for a LONG time!!! As I mentioned before I would try to add more food but would get freaked out as soon as the scale went upward! I was just going with the motions and doing what I was doing as I was seeing some results, but I would always plateau every so often and then not drop for a while. To top things off the more I am listening to my body and now doing insanity I am soooo achy! I was walking inside my bldg for steps today and did the stairs a few times and even just after one flight my legs hurt. Thats so not normal.... I'm totally not trying to be sexist here but I wish one of you was a woman speaking from personal experience. I find most men shed weight easier then women do... it would just be a nice reassurance to hear a ladies input is all.... but I am taking all the advice. I have packed away my scale and I am pressing forward. Thanks a Mil!
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12/19/12 8:21 PM as a reply to Natacha1973.
Awesome.

We lose faster for a few reasons.
  1. We naturally have more muscle and therefore a higher faster metabolism.
  2. Hormonaly we don't have those monthly swings as you beautiful ladies do.
  3. Women have been told their entire lives to eat less to get smaller. The metabolism ends up being shot.


You will find a large group of ladies on my FB page that you found that have taken the higher calorie plunge and have succeeded. Ask them.

Jason
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