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To do or not to do, that is the Question - Body Beast or P90X Again
To do or not to do, that is the Question - Body Beast or P90X Again
p90x weight loss p90x2 body beast comparison
2/9/13 5:02 PM
Greetings All,
I know this has been hit on quite a bit online, but I just wanted to hear some feedback.

I am down 72 lbs thus far, after p90x, Insanity, and I finish LM Combat today. I still have approx. 25-30 lbs to go before getting down to the weight and body fat percentage that I want.

I am all set to start Body Beast Lean on Monday, but I am having second thoughts, wondering if I should do another round of P90x or try p90x2 before trying Beast, to get off the remaining pounds.

I realize weight loss is primarily diet related, and either way my diet will continue to be great.

Anyone out there that has had successful weight loss with Body Beast? I realize that I won't be able to 'Bulk' as much with a low calorie intake that weight loss needs, but my question is, would I be better of doing Beast with extra cardio, or a different program. I will admit, I am not anxious to do P90X again, I think I still have the videos/script somewhat memorized and I bore easily.

Thoughts? Input? Ideas?

Thank You All,

Chance Christensen
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I'm no expert, and it'll be great to hear others, especially others who are really knowledgeable about the meal plans combined with the programs, and how they affect folks, all in light of the fact that we all vary!

BUT in the meantime my two cents: I am currently wishing I was at a lower body fat percentage, and in the midst of a Body Beast Lean round. I have modified the meal plan for myself to go at a slight calorie deficit, and thus I don't have much in expectations for muscle mass growth. I have seen slight decreases so far in my body fat and my waistline (I'm in 6th week overall). I don't think, however, I can expect to lose a lot; I'm hoping to lose about 1.5 inches in total off my waist (and I'll be OK if I lose less), and I bet I won't lose more than 5% body fat over this round. I.e., an improvement that I personally am OK with, but not huge compared to other programs' results.

So, for boredom's sake, you could go into Body Beast.

BUT IMO, you might want to sacrifice your happiness on the "boredom" dimension and go for for the weight loss/body fat percentage goal first. ILike you suggested, perhaps P90X2, and maybe even ramp it up with a bit more cardio. That's not fun for me personally, but workable.

But if you're not in a rush, you could do a Body Beast lean and enjoy it, just don't expect to lose much if any weight; ie., I'd keep an eye on your weight and body fat, and consider modifying the meal plan instructions accordingly.

Talk soon,
Lee
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Congrats on the weight loss so far! I am down 90 lbs with P90X and Insanity throughout 13 months, and wanted something different, so I am starting Body Beast tomorrow. I am at my ideal weight, but my BF is still up there. I am trying lean beast to start with. My maintenance and build/bulk calories aren't too different (maybe 300 or so calories) so I might try the higher end and see what happens. I am looking to add more muscle though. you could try lowering the calories a bit and see if that helps, but it might affect your workout too. You could also try the Beast macros 30 carb/40 protein/30 fat which is meant to shed fat.

Let me know what you decide and how it goes! This will be a bit of an experiment as well for me!
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FitFrenzy:
I am down 72 lbs thus far, after p90x, Insanity, and I finish LM Combat today.


Congratulations on your weight loss so far.

FitFrenzy:
I still have approx. 25-30 lbs to go before getting down to the weight and body fat percentage that I want.


Body Beast burns a lot of calories and the proof is in the number of people who end up eating more than the recommended calorie level in the Bulk Phase. They eat more because they start losing weight (my case) or they level off in weight (typical).

One advantage of Body Beast is that the workouts are shorter in time (35 min to 45 min), and if you have had weight training then the moves will be familiar. They designed the program to get gains using all of your existing P90x weights (5 lb - 55 lb) is plenty for most people. Even if you outgrow your existing weights there are Tempo workouts that give you a crazy pump at slower rep counts (i.e. less weight). So for some people it makes financial sense to get the Tempo DVD versus buying heavier weight. I pretty much lift at a tempo pace right now anyway and my results are getting better.

If you choose Body Beast to lose weight I would recommend creating a 500 calorie deficit from your calculated CIM amount, BUT STAY ON THE BODY BEAST MACRO. That is...50% carbs, 25% protein, and 25% fat. Personally I like to eat at 50% carb, 30% protein, and 20% fat. I put all of my weight loss clients on this macro as it builds muscle. I would just stay on this macro all the way through Build and Bulk and maybe switch to a higher protein in the Beast Phase. It is your calorie target that determines your weight direction.

Also if you do Body Beast and have access to a treadmill I would walk at a light brisk pace for 15 minutes after each Body Beast workout to burn a little more fat.

Maybe after a round of Body Beast you do another round of P90x GUNS BLAZING as you should be significantly stronger...and then you should be pretty cut up for summer.

Robert
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My 2 cents:

When it comes to these sorts of decisions, I tend to focus more on the mental/psychological side than the technical/phsyical side. IMO, where your mind is at is much more important than what your body is doing, atleast in the long run. To give a somewhat related analogy, losing weight and improving your body is a lot like getting out of debt. A lot of experts will tell you that the best way to pay off debt is to pay off the debt with the higher interest first. It makes mathematical sense. But with something that takes alot of willpower, psychology is more important than math. So others will tell you to pay off the smallest debt first, then keep on going as you pick up momentum.

A lot of people will tell you that Body Beast is a fun and rewarding program. I agree; the workouts are a bit shorter, Sagi is a great host and motivator, and it's just good, hard work. Perhaps a different program could technically be a better approach, but the difference won't be severe. I would recommend giving it a try. At the very least, it will be a good change-up from p90x. Having done p90x, I know it can get boring at times. More likely, you will find a new program that you love and will do more of in the future.
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Well, I am on Week 2 of Body Beast now, 1 lb down so far, and feeling much stronger!

I will keep posting my progress through this journey, thank you for everyone's input!!
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dsprenger3:
To give a somewhat related analogy, losing weight and improving your body is a lot like getting out of debt. A lot of experts will tell you that the best way to pay off debt is to pay off the debt with the higher interest first. It makes mathematical sense. But with something that takes alot of willpower, psychology is more important than math. So others will tell you to pay off the smallest debt first, then keep on going as you pick up momentum.

A lot of people will tell you that Body Beast is a fun and rewarding program. I agree; the workouts are a bit shorter, Sagi is a great host and motivator, and it's just good, hard work. Perhaps a different program could technically be a better approach, but the difference won't be severe.


Brilliant Analogy.
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