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3-DAY REFRESH: GET YOUR BODY BACK ON THE FAST TRACK TO WEIGHT LOSS AND HEALTHY EATING HABITS

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Frustrated and Unsure
Frustrated and Unsure
diet first plateau
12/18/12 8:47 AM
I have just completed my 5th week of P90X. My boyfriend and I started the workout journey together on 11/14/12 and unfortunately because of some family circumstances, have only begun the diet about 3 weeks ago. I have been diligent with the diet and we have done all of our work outs--aside from Xstretch, we use the rest day for cooking/grocery shopping etc. So far I have only lost 3 pounds while on the diet, but the 2 weeks I was just eating a bit more "healthy" I lost 8 pounds. I'm diabetic so this is all very important to me and we're trying to get on the right track. I follow the Phase 1 Fat Shredder diet to a T, using the nutrition level 1 and I just can't seem to get the scale to budge. Is there something else I can do? I'm a big girl, currently at 221 lbs, so I feel that I should still be losing before I hit my first plateau.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, we're not going to quit, it's just hard to be very excited about any of it when I am not seeing the numbers move.

I am able to see definite improvement in my performance and what I'm able to do in the work out. My measurements are definitely improving as well. But what about the weight?
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RE: Frustrated and Unsure
12/18/12 8:53 AM as a reply to JStar2012.
Hi,

First, remember this is a 13 weeks program, you will see improvement if you compare week 1 with week 13. Everybody is different , some lose weight fast in the beginning, some at the end, so don't get discourage if you don't see a faster progress. The body takes time to adapt to the new way of eating and workout. I'm thinking you might be in Level 2, not one. Maybe you are not eating enough, I will need your age and high to give you a more accurate opinion on this.

Do not focus on just your weight on the scale. You will see improvement in strength and measurements too. As long as you see improvement, keep pushing!

Coach Alberto
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RE: Frustrated and Unsure
12/18/12 9:05 AM as a reply to JStar2012.
JStar2012:
I have just completed my 5th week of P90X. My boyfriend and I started the workout journey together on 11/14/12 and unfortunately because of some family circumstances, have only begun the diet about 3 weeks ago. I have been diligent with the diet and we have done all of our work outs--aside from Xstretch, we use the rest day for cooking/grocery shopping etc. So far I have only lost 3 pounds while on the diet, but the 2 weeks I was just eating a bit more "healthy" I lost 8 pounds. I'm diabetic so this is all very important to me and we're trying to get on the right track. I follow the Phase 1 Fat Shredder diet to a T, using the nutrition level 1 and I just can't seem to get the scale to budge. Is there something else I can do? I'm a big girl, currently at 221 lbs, so I feel that I should still be losing before I hit my first plateau.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, we're not going to quit, it's just hard to be very excited about any of it when I am not seeing the numbers move.

I am able to see definite improvement in my performance and what I'm able to do in the work out. My measurements are definitely improving as well. But what about the weight?


Hey the big thing is that you have already lost some weight. Most people do get frustrated when not seeing the scale make that drastic jump. The thing with programs like P90X, is that you are adding muscle. Muscle is more dens than fat, so you can lose inches and actually gain weight. You are adding muscle, losing fat. This will help because muscle at rest burns more calories than fat, so your resting metabolism will be higher and you will continue to burn more fat. That is probably where you are at. Keep pushing play and you will see the weight go down.
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RE: Frustrated and Unsure
12/18/12 9:17 AM as a reply to CoachAlbertoRo.
I'm 5'5 and 27 yrs old. I went with the nutrition level 1 because the other, seems to be too much food to me. How can you eat too little to lose weight? I appreciate your advice. It's just difficult to not get disappointed when I am working so hard
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RE: Frustrated and Unsure
12/18/12 9:23 AM as a reply to JStar2012.
Hi, you should be eating about 2,300 calories. I'm not sure if that is level 2, probably it is. Remember this are clean calories, in level 2, they are 40/40/20. Do not be afraid of eating more, remember you are building muscle too and at the same time losing fat.

Coach Alberto
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RE: Frustrated and Unsure
12/18/12 10:22 AM as a reply to CoachAlbertoRo.
Wow--that seems like so much... Thank you for your help. I'll try that starting out on week 6 tomorrow.
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RE: Frustrated and Unsure
12/18/12 10:35 AM as a reply to JStar2012.
Remember, it is a more of a marathon, not a sprint! They always tell us, "it didnt take us 4 weeks to gain the weight, what makes us think we can lose it in 4 weeks..."

I started the team beachbody fitness journey in March of 2012. I did Insanity, P90X, then Insanity again... This year I lost 50lbs and still have 35 more to go. I lost those pounds in very small increments 2-3 lbs a pop, some weeks no weight loss at all.

Like Alberto says, you compare week 13 to week 1 and you will see. It does get frustrating when you compare week 3 with week 1, the early results may disappoint.

Focus on the sense of accomplishment you feel by just getting active, health aware and making the effort!
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RE: Frustrated and Unsure
12/18/12 1:35 PM as a reply to JStar2012.
Yes, it seems to be much, but it will help you lose weight (believe it or not). You can add calories little by little to get to that level in 2 more weeks. Check the nutrition guide and create a meal schedule. Protein shakes and bars will help you get to that number.

Coach Alberto
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