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NEED HELP!
NEED HELP!
2/10/13 6:34 AM
Hey all!!! Ok so I'm at the end of week 2 of insanity....beginning of week 3 and I just don't know.... I'm not getting the results I thought I would be getting. I haven't lost ANY weight. If anything I've gained...a pound, but a pound is a lot to me because I've been working sooo hard to get weight off and it's just coming back on. U see I started over on the 30th of December. Eating right, exercising EVERY DAY (not Insanity, but other exercises) and while just doing that I lost 8 pounds in a month. Now I've started insanity thinking I would get BETTER results and I'm not emoticon What am I doing wrong?!?!?

I ordered a heart rate monator that I should be getting tomorrow. I'm hoping that will help me see how many calories I'm burning so I will know exactly how many calories I should be eating. Maybe I'm not eating enough??? Its juat really hard for me to eat SOOOO much more when ive finally taught myself to eat less!!! Can anyone help me figure out what I'm doing wrong?? I'm 29 years old, weigh 175 and I'm 5'4" PLEASE HELP!!

THANKS Cara
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RE: NEED HELP!
2/10/13 6:47 AM as a reply to Carabear83.
have u tried to take the activit supplament that helps 2 accelarate ur metabolisim and lose dose pounds
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RE: NEED HELP!
2/10/13 6:54 AM as a reply to Carabear83.
First off I saw in your profile that you've already dropped 60 lbs. That's an amazing accomplishment. I would just say that try not to focus on the numbers of a scale so much. Use before and after photos as well as improvements in your fit test numbers to judge whether the program is working for you or not. Now to the part you want to hear. Using the information you provided I think you should be consuming around 1300 calories a day. If you've been eating under that I would try to increase your calorie intake slowly over a week or two. If you aren't tracking your nutrition closely, start. A popular approach is using a free app called myfitnesspal. You're doing great. Just hang in there and the scale will start dropping again.
Larry Shelton
EnduraFIT
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RE: NEED HELP!
2/10/13 8:21 AM as a reply to Carabear83.
Carabear83:
Hey all!!! Ok so I'm at the end of week 2 of insanity....beginning of week 3 and I just don't know.... I'm not getting the results I thought I would be getting. I haven't lost ANY weight. If anything I've gained...a pound, but a pound is a lot to me because I've been working sooo hard to get weight off and it's just coming back on. U see I started over on the 30th of December. Eating right, exercising EVERY DAY (not Insanity, but other exercises) and while just doing that I lost 8 pounds in a month. Now I've started insanity thinking I would get BETTER results and I'm not emoticon What am I doing wrong?!?!?

I ordered a heart rate monator that I should be getting tomorrow. I'm hoping that will help me see how many calories I'm burning so I will know exactly how many calories I should be eating. Maybe I'm not eating enough??? Its juat really hard for me to eat SOOOO much more when ive finally taught myself to eat less!!! Can anyone help me figure out what I'm doing wrong?? I'm 29 years old, weigh 175 and I'm 5'4" PLEASE HELP!!

THANKS Cara


Hi Cara,

There good be various reasons. Sometimes is takes at least 30 days to start seeing real weight loss with any workout program, because we need to get you nutrition correct, consistency on exercise, etc. You good be eating to little calories or not enough of clean calories. Most woman should be between 1700-1900 calories. Feel free to reach out to me for some help. We have an awesome facebook community of people just like you that are receiving help, accountability and results!

In Health,

Coach Jeff Morgan
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
Team motivFIT
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RE: NEED HELP!
2/10/13 3:40 PM as a reply to Carabear83.
many people experience this, and a large part of it could be water weight gained because your muscles are sore and they need it to repair themselves. Also, nutrition plays a huge role. how many calories are you eating per day?

Tom
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RE: NEED HELP!
2/10/13 6:21 PM as a reply to Carabear83.
It's normal. I'm pasting in some advice from Chalene Johnson about this subject.

Probably the most common question I get when I release a new exercise program is, “Help! I’m gaining weight! Am I doing something wrong?” This is a common phenomenon with any new exercise program, Turbo Kick, Turbo Jam, Hip Hop Hustle, you name it! It’s especially common (and temporary) with intense strength training programs like ChaLEAN Extreme or Tony Horton’s P90X.

The motivation to start a new exercise program is almost always to lose weight. However, what most personal trainers know and most at-home exercisers do not, is that a new exercise program often can cause an immediate (and temporary) increase on the scale. (Notice I didn’t say weight gain! I’ll explain.) This common increase in the scale is also the reason why perhaps millions of people start and then quickly quit their resolution to get fit.


The temporary weight gain explained:
When someone starts a new exercise program, they often experience muscle soreness. The more intense and “unfamiliar” the program, the more intense the muscle soreness. This soreness is most prevalent 24 to 48 hours after each workout. In the first few weeks of a new program, soreness is the body trying to
“protect and defend” the effected or targeted tissue. Exercise physiologists refer to this as delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS.

This type of soreness is thought to be caused by tissue breakdown or microscopic tears in muscle tissue. When this happens the body protects the tissue. The muscle becomes inflamed and slightly swollen with fluid retention. This temporary retention of fluid can result in a 3- to 4-pound weight gain within a few weeks of a new program. Keep in mind that muscle soreness is not necessarily a reflection of how hard you worked. In fact, some people feel no signs of muscle soreness, yet will experience the muscle protection mechanisms of water retention and slight swelling.

Most people are motivated enough to put up with this temporary muscle soreness. Yet, many, especially those who really need immediate weight loss to keep them motivated in those first couple of weeks become discouraged and quit!

When I worked with a group of 70 test participants during the development stages of ChaLEAN Extreme, this happened. Who was the most upset and discouraged? You guessed it… the women! I’m happy to report absolutely for every single woman (and man) in our group, the weight increase was temporary and never lasted more than 2 weeks before they started to see a major drop in the scale. However, these people had the advantage of working with someone who was able to explain to them why this was happening and assure them the weight would come off if they stuck to the nutrition plan and stayed true to the program.

For those of you who are following the ChaLEAN Extreme phase plan, keep in mind that when you start each phase, your body will be “in shock” again. Don’t be surprised or discouraged if you experience a temporary gain on the scale the first week of each phase.

My own personal example of this is running 10K’s. I don’t do it very often, maybe 1 or 2x a year. Even though I run on a regular basis, when you run a race you push much harder. It’s natural for me to be “insanely” sore the next day. It’s also very common for me to see the scale jump 4 pounds the next day from forcing fluids post race and the resulting DOMS. Even though I know the cause of it, it’s still a bummer. We’re all human and hard work should mean “results”. Hard work equals results, but our bodies are amazing machines and they know how to protect us from hurting ourselves. Soreness forces you to give those muscles a break Ultimately you will lose the weight and you will change your metabolism in the process.

The key is understanding that this is a normal and temporary and stick with the program!!

When to be concerned:
If you experience a significant weight gain (exceeding 5 pounds) which does not begin to decrease rapidly after the second week, guess what it is??? I’ll give you one hint… you put it in your mouth and chew it. You know it! You’re food (or calorie laden beverages). Newsflash friends.. exercise doesn’t make you gain weight. Consuming more food than you burn makes you gain weight!

So if after two weeks you are not losing weight, have gained weight that’s not coming off, it’s time to take a close and honest look at your food intake. It’s time to find out what you’re burning in calories each day. Have your RMR or BMR tested. This can be done for less than $50 and the information is invaluable. It takes out the guess work. Google “hydrostatic body fat testing _______ ” and insert the name of the big city you’re closest too. Companies that do HBFT also do BMR testing. Knowledge is king.

I’m gaining weight, but I’m sure it’s muscle:
Possibly, but if you’re following ChaLEAN Extreme correctly, you should be losing fat and gaining muscle and the fat loss should be much more substantial than the rate at which you can physically put on muscle. This is even true for the guys.


Of the 70 plus people in my test group, every single one of them lost body fat and gained muscle and not one of them gained weight. I believe the average weight loss after 4 months was 28 pounds with many people losing 40 plus pounds. Even the men, who as you can see put on a lot of muscle, were seeing huge drops in the scale. We tested their muscle composition at the beginning and at the end and 100% of the participants maintained or gained muscle while achieving substantial weight loss. That’s the key to keeping weight off long term, i.e. muscle. Muscle burns fat. But you’ve heard me say that before.

Moral of the story:
Be patient young grass hopper. You’ll be lean and mean in no time!
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