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I am not losing weight...help!
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I am not losing weight...help!
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2/7/13 8:57 PM
I am getting very frustrated. I am nearing the end of my second round to P90X and have only lost 5 lbs. How can that be? I am 39 year old female. I started my first round of P90X in June 2012 and was very religious about completing all the workouts everyday. I took a 2 month break to train and run a 1/2 marathon. i completed it in 2:20.. And then decided to go through theP90x cycle again. I am within two weeks of completing it for the second time. When I stared in June I was 157 lbs. I am now 152...really?

I have been also regilous about tracking what I eat. I used an on-line calorie and activity tracker, Fat Secret. I personally saw a nutritionist for awhile. She told me to up my calorie intake...whenI did I gained weight!

My monthy average of daily calorie intake is ...

June 2012- 1198
July 2012- 1284
August 2012- 1235
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December 2012- 1348
January 2013- 1341
February 2013- 1018..so far

fats-range 47-56
carbs- range 98-149
protein- range 60-90

I do the whey Protien shake after most workouts, eat mostly whole foods, little to no red meat.

I get up every morning at 4:45 to complete a workout, only to be sore (especially Mondays and Tuesdays). I have the discipline to do the workouts and track my food. What am I missing?

I am looking for help
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2/7/13 9:03 PM as a reply to shabegger.
Did you take before pictures?

If so, take some current pictures and compare how you look.

You might be building some lean body mass (muscle) while you are burning fat.

Are your clothes fitting looser?

Do you feel lighter and more energetic?

Compare your before measurements to your current measurements. (did you do that?)

There's a lot more to progress than just losing weight.

Also, I would have to say that eating around 1200-1400 calories might be holding you back.

Try boosting your calorie intake by 200 calories a day for a couple weeks and see how your body responds. The fact that you're sore a lot seems to indicate too few calories. You really need to eat on this program. Too few calories and you won't be able to BRING IT during the workouts.

You are BRINGING IT, right?
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RE: I am not losing weight...help!
2/7/13 9:04 PM as a reply to shabegger.
What's your height?

Coach alberto
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2/7/13 9:11 PM as a reply to miketoland.
...also, it looks like to me you're eating too much fat.

For 1400 calories on Phase 1 Fat Burner your ratios should be.

Protein - 700 calories - 175 grams
Carbohydrates - 420 calories - 105 grams
Fat - 280 calories - 31 grams

This would give you the fat burning ratio of

50% Protein
30% Carbohydrates
20% Fat

I hope that helps.

Coach Mike Toland
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2/8/13 5:36 AM as a reply to shabegger.
shabegger:
I am getting very frustrated. I am nearing the end of my second round to P90X and have only lost 5 lbs. How can that be? I am 39 year old female. I started my first round of P90X in June 2012 and was very religious about completing all the workouts everyday. I took a 2 month break to train and run a 1/2 marathon. i completed it in 2:20.. And then decided to go through theP90x cycle again. I am within two weeks of completing it for the second time. When I stared in June I was 157 lbs. I am now 152...really?

I have been also regilous about tracking what I eat. I used an on-line calorie and activity tracker, Fat Secret. I personally saw a nutritionist for awhile. She told me to up my calorie intake...whenI did I gained weight!

My monthy average of daily calorie intake is ...

June 2012- 1198
July 2012- 1284
August 2012- 1235
------
December 2012- 1348
January 2013- 1341
February 2013- 1018..so far

fats-range 47-56
carbs- range 98-149
protein- range 60-90

I do the whey Protien shake after most workouts, eat mostly whole foods, little to no red meat.

I get up every morning at 4:45 to complete a workout, only to be sore (especially Mondays and Tuesdays). I have the discipline to do the workouts and track my food. What am I missing?

I am looking for help


You are eating far, far too little. The absolute minimum anyone should be eating on P90X is 1,600-1,800 calories per day, and there are days where you're barely eating half of that. If you don't eat enough to support your metabolism, your body isn't going to want to tap its fat stores and will instead slow down metabolic processes to compensate. The only reason you'd gain weight from going up to 1,600-1,800 calories would be initial water weight gain, and that will subside within a week or two.

I'd make a concerted effort to increase the calories. Do it across the board by eating more protein/fat/carbs.

Also, I have to respectfully disagree with the above poster that you're eating too much fat. Unless you're eating too many calories, excess dietary fat isn't going to hurt you at all.

Shoot for at least 1,600 clean calories per day (mostly whole foods) and you should start seeing the weight come off withini another week or two.

Hope that helps.
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RE: I am not losing weight...help!
2/8/13 6:15 AM as a reply to shabegger.
My height is 5'3".
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2/8/13 6:37 AM as a reply to shabegger.
I agree with TheBandit... you are not eating enough. How long did you increase your calories and by how much? I did p90x and lost 74lbs. I am the same height as you...now at 127. I had some trouble with making sure I ate enough. My coach rode me about it. I had dieted for so long, I couldn't shake the idea that more calories was not good...lol. Sometimes you will see an initial gain when you up your calories (your metabolism has been affected by the low calories and may take time to adjust). Increase slowly, by about 100 calories per week) until you start seeing results. 1600 calories sounds about right.

Good Luck!
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2/8/13 11:29 AM as a reply to KimberBell.
Thanks for all the quick and helpful advice. OK I will try to up my calorie intake to 1600---although it seems sooo wrong. But what I am doing now is not working. I am firming up my butt and arms...I have a lot more upper body strength. I started not being able to do 1 guy push up and now I am at 30 in a row and can hang through all the workouts. Pull ups are still weak...3 in a row. My scale and gut are not budging! I am determined to get lean...but getting very frustrated.

I assume you will advise me to follow the nutritional guide in P90X. It seems to be confusing. I will take another look. I have protien at every sitting (a lot of fish and chicken), lots of salads, greek yogurt, whole wheat, and fruit.

I also started taking supplements of fish oil and bee pollen. Any advice on those??
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2/8/13 11:39 AM as a reply to shabegger.
Shabegger, thought about giving a long response, but I know simplicity is best right?

Here is your solution, pure and simple.

Use Harris Benedict Formula to calculate your recommended calories. Use the 1.55 multiplier while doing P90X, you can add in 20 min of 'light' cardio (jogging or brisk walking) post workouts each day as well to accelerate your results. But keep it LIGHT!

OK, so you've used harris benedict formula, used the 1.55 multiplier, found maintenance calories, now subtract 20%. This is your safe daily deficit.

Now, figure out your macros:

1g of protein per lb of body weight (NO MORE!)
.25g of fat per lb of body weight (NO MORE!)

1g of protein = 4 calories
1g of fat = 9 calories

After protein and fat requirements are met, fill in the rest of your remaining calories (which you figured out previously from harris benedict) with carbs.

During exercise keep 100% good form, and avoid reaching muscle failure on any given set, drink plenty of water, and most importantly GET ENOUGH SLEEP!

If you want results, weigh everything on a digital scale, preferably to the gram (it's really not that hard...) Only use volume measurements like cups for liquids. Putting fruit or veggies into cups is just silly and horribly inaccurate, especially with stuff like oatmeal.

Follow above mentioned formula and I guarantee results, or you're doing something wrong! =D
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2/8/13 12:04 PM as a reply to shabegger.
It actually sounds like you've made huge progress and are converting fat to muscle, hence the new-found strength. I agree with everyone above that you're eating too little and that you'll probably break through the weight loss plateau once you start getting enough. And I bet you'll have more energy overall

shabegger:
Thanks for all the quick and helpful advice. OK I will try to up my calorie intake to 1600---although it seems sooo wrong. But what I am doing now is not working. I am firming up my butt and arms...I have a lot more upper body strength. I started not being able to do 1 guy push up and now I am at 30 in a row and can hang through all the workouts. Pull ups are still weak...3 in a row. My scale and gut are not budging! I am determined to get lean...but getting very frustrated.

I assume you will advise me to follow the nutritional guide in P90X. It seems to be confusing. I will take another look. I have protien at every sitting (a lot of fish and chicken), lots of salads, greek yogurt, whole wheat, and fruit.

I also started taking supplements of fish oil and bee pollen. Any advice on those??
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RE: I am not losing weight...help!
2/10/13 5:20 AM as a reply to Jacob83.
Jacob83

Thanks for the tips...

I looked up the Harris Benedict formula. I am 39, 154 lbs, 5'3" so looks like I should eat 1,775 calories, 616 of them protien and 346.5 of them fat, no more. This is significantly more than what I am use to...1200 or less. But there are days I am hungry...I plan to gradually increase.

I am hoping to get into a nutritionist this week and have her help me set up meals that meets by goal numbers of protien, fats, calories. I want to get this right. I am soooo tired of being this weight.
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