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Gained Weight AND Inches During TurboFire/ChaLean Extreme Hybrid
Hey guys,

My name is Lindsay, and I've just signed up to Team Beachbody out of frustration and a bit of a freak-out, though I probably should have signed up years ago after buying my first BB program. So, onto the reason for my mini-freak-out...

So, this is my story:

I started using Beachbody products a few years ago. My starting stats:

Age: 18/19
Weight: 140
Height: 5 '2'

So, basically, I was a little too soft everywhere and unhappy with my body. So I started with Insanity. I completed the 60 program, doing a decent job of tracking calories (not perfect), and only lost 5 pounds and honestly I didn't get the results I wanted.

Next up, I moved onto P90x. Did this twice, did an okay job of tracking cals once again, and my weight (and appearance) stayed the same.

Finally, after frustration with my results I bought ChaLean Xtreme. BEST THING EVER. With ChaLean's program I lost 20 pounds, a bunch of inches and I AM NEVER GOING BACK! ;)

Fast forward to now: I've completed ChaLean a couple times now and I recently added TurboFire in to the mix, making my own hybrid if you will. When I started I was steady at about 115-120 pound range and the same inches as when I first lost the weight/inches. Doing ChaLean by itself kept me there for a while, so I decided to amp it up a little with TurboFire to see if I could get down to 110 pounds, if not, cool, I have a fun new cardio element to my regimen. For the first month of my hybrid (aka Burn Circuit 1 + modified first month of TurboFire), I stayed the same weight and I didn't measure myself after the first 30 days.

Enter the Push month of ChaLean coupled with month two of TurboFire, where I was doing HIIT workouts before each Push circuit and then the regular Fire/Cardio workouts on the other 2-3 days a week (I know I always got my rest day in). At the end of the month, I felt a little heavier, a few pounds max, but I figured that was just weight gain due to the heaviness of the weights in the Push month (which I've read/found is pretty normal).

Where I'm at now and why I'm freaking out: I'm currently STARTING the third week of ChaLean's Lean Circuit with the third month of TurboFire, and I'm freaking out because I've gained both 5 pounds AND inches (roughly 1-2 inches all over except my arms and abductors), however, if I'm correct, my body fat percentage is down, weirdly.

What is happening??? I expected to be down an additional five pounds, not up any, but what's really weird is that I DEFINITELY didn't expect to gain any inches! I'll admit, I have gotten less strict with my diet--I have added more a little bit more carbs and I eat less clean than I probably should--but I know my caloric intake isn't so insane that I should be gaining weight. I'd guesstimate it at about 1300-1500 on good days, 1500-1800 on "bad" days, always with more good days than bad days (I'm generally pretty good during the workweek). But my BMR is 1352.504 if I'm doing the math correctly, and with working out 4-6 days a week I'd say I'm pretty active (in addition, though I sit down at work I live in Chicago and don't own a car, so I walk a lot).

In fact, I would say I'm eating roughly the same as I was a few months ago JUST doing ChaLean. So what's the deal? I'll be honest with you, I am very upset. I do not want to be where I was 2 years ago, at 140 pounds and unhappy, and to me weight loss/maintenance is a slippery slope. Any help or advice or even better, an explanation you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I am also going to post this in a few of the other Beachbody message boards and see what I get. Here are my current stats for your reference:

My current stats:
Age: 22
Weight: 120
Height: 5 '2'

Thanks a million!
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Heyy Lindsay,
Im sorry you're experiencing such frustration. I do turbo fire too so I know it can be frustrating to gain weight when you work that hard! I think in order to answer your question you need to be able to answer a few things.... 1) Do you track all calories? Even drink calories? Sometimes people overeat of forget to log and it adds up. Weightloss really is as simple as creating a deficit 2) are you eating too few calories? You're body will hold on to anything it can get if you are being extremely active and eating too few calories. You could try a calorie zig zag to see if this might be the case, one day eat 1200-1300 the next go to 1600 to 1700 and the third day eat 1400-1500 and see if that doesn't make a difference in your metabolism.
So if you answer the above questions and find that its not the calorie intake then your body might be extremely stressed out from doing the hybrid or from life in general. When you are stressed your body releases cortisol which is a fat storing hormone, that's one possibility. Another possibility is your thyroid. Have you had it checked? You could be hypothryoid and that would explain why it's been so hard for you to lose weight even though you're doing intense programs! Ask your doctor for a thyroid panel on your next visit and if you do have low thyroid function there is synthroid which will solve the problem! A third possibility is that you may have an intolerance to something your eating. That can cause you to gain weight( or have difficulty losing it) and you might not even realize it. Try giving up gluten, dairy and meat for a few weeks (one at a time). Then reintroduce them one at a time back into your diet. If you notice gain( or lack thereof) then the one you reintroduced is probably causing some digestive issues, and some possible weight gain. The last thing I thought of, is your body might just like being 120 pounds. It depends on your bone structure really. You may have just gained muscle! That's a good thing...especially if your body fat is down. These of course are just my own conjectures. I hope you are able to find the source of your frustration. Good luck with turbo fire! It's an awesome program!
Meg
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LJScarpello:
Hey guys,

My name is Lindsay, and I've just signed up to Team Beachbody out of frustration and a bit of a freak-out, though I probably should have signed up years ago after buying my first BB program. So, onto the reason for my mini-freak-out...

So, this is my story:

I started using Beachbody products a few years ago. My starting stats:

Age: 18/19
Weight: 140
Height: 5 '2'

So, basically, I was a little too soft everywhere and unhappy with my body. So I started with Insanity. I completed the 60 program, doing a decent job of tracking calories (not perfect), and only lost 5 pounds and honestly I didn't get the results I wanted.

Next up, I moved onto P90x. Did this twice, did an okay job of tracking cals once again, and my weight (and appearance) stayed the same.

Finally, after frustration with my results I bought ChaLean Xtreme. BEST THING EVER. With ChaLean's program I lost 20 pounds, a bunch of inches and I AM NEVER GOING BACK! ;)

Fast forward to now: I've completed ChaLean a couple times now and I recently added TurboFire in to the mix, making my own hybrid if you will. When I started I was steady at about 115-120 pound range and the same inches as when I first lost the weight/inches. Doing ChaLean by itself kept me there for a while, so I decided to amp it up a little with TurboFire to see if I could get down to 110 pounds, if not, cool, I have a fun new cardio element to my regimen. For the first month of my hybrid (aka Burn Circuit 1 + modified first month of TurboFire), I stayed the same weight and I didn't measure myself after the first 30 days.

Enter the Push month of ChaLean coupled with month two of TurboFire, where I was doing HIIT workouts before each Push circuit and then the regular Fire/Cardio workouts on the other 2-3 days a week (I know I always got my rest day in). At the end of the month, I felt a little heavier, a few pounds max, but I figured that was just weight gain due to the heaviness of the weights in the Push month (which I've read/found is pretty normal).

Where I'm at now and why I'm freaking out: I'm currently STARTING the third week of ChaLean's Lean Circuit with the third month of TurboFire, and I'm freaking out because I've gained both 5 pounds AND inches (roughly 1-2 inches all over except my arms and abductors), however, if I'm correct, my body fat percentage is down, weirdly.

What is happening??? I expected to be down an additional five pounds, not up any, but what's really weird is that I DEFINITELY didn't expect to gain any inches! I'll admit, I have gotten less strict with my diet--I have added more a little bit more carbs and I eat less clean than I probably should--but I know my caloric intake isn't so insane that I should be gaining weight. I'd guesstimate it at about 1300-1500 on good days, 1500-1800 on "bad" days, always with more good days than bad days (I'm generally pretty good during the workweek). But my BMR is 1352.504 if I'm doing the math correctly, and with working out 4-6 days a week I'd say I'm pretty active (in addition, though I sit down at work I live in Chicago and don't own a car, so I walk a lot).

In fact, I would say I'm eating roughly the same as I was a few months ago JUST doing ChaLean. So what's the deal? I'll be honest with you, I am very upset. I do not want to be where I was 2 years ago, at 140 pounds and unhappy, and to me weight loss/maintenance is a slippery slope. Any help or advice or even better, an explanation you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I am also going to post this in a few of the other Beachbody message boards and see what I get. Here are my current stats for your reference:

My current stats:
Age: 22
Weight: 120
Height: 5 '2'

Thanks a million!


Lindsay,
I can totally understand your frustration. I had some problems when I did Insanity and didn't lose until my coach physically looked at my nutrition on My Fitness Pal. My calorie intake was in line except WHAT I was eating wasn't. I was eating things that wouldn't allow my body to budge. Can you give me a sample of what you eat in a day? From the way you spoke in the post you do ok but don't focus a lot on nutrition. Remember, changing your body is actually 80% nutrition and 20% exersize. That should put it into a bit more perspective that Nutrition is HIGHLY important. I hope I can help! Talk to you soon.
Amy
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Hi Amy,

Thanks for your response! In between posting this and reading your response, I have paid more attention to my food, logging into into my Lose It! app, and just overall eating better. When I went through ChaLean the first time around I was unflinchingly strict on the diet side, so it's not that I didn't know HOW to eat correctly, I just have gotten a little more lapsed each time (and, also, back then I was single, and now I have my 6 foot tall, 150-lb boyfriend who can eat anything he wants and never gain anything living with me, influencing my decisions). I also had a period where I wasn't eating enough only 6 months ago, so it's all just a little confusing. Hello Lose It! app! I am also (post-tax return) going to invest in a HMR and new weights (ChaLean's Bowflex series). But, ANYWAY, back to business: over the past two days, I've logged everything and gone back to my 1300-ish cals (to lose 1/2 pound a week until I hit maintenance mode) after working out and I have already seen the scale and inches move a little. Not a lot, just a little, but it's put my fears at bay for now and confirmed that I need to pay more attention to what I've been eating, especially if it's contributing to bloat (if not initial weight gain).

As far as what I'm eating (when good): it's pretty much exactly what Chalene advises in her nutrition guide: a good amount of lean proteins, veggies, and fruit, only complex carbs and not too many, and lots of water. When I am strict, I'm pretty good at being strict (and it's easier when you have to log all of it!). When I was doing poorly I was eating out a lot more often, not eating every 2-3 hours, eating less meals but bigger meals, etc. I think some of those indulge moments are fine, but for me they were becoming far too frequent.

Anyway, thank you for your response--and good luck with your fitness journey!
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LJScarpello:
Hi Amy,

Thanks for your response! In between posting this and reading your response, I have paid more attention to my food, logging into into my Lose It! app, and just overall eating better. When I went through ChaLean the first time around I was unflinchingly strict on the diet side, so it's not that I didn't know HOW to eat correctly, I just have gotten a little more lapsed each time (and, also, back then I was single, and now I have my 6 foot tall, 150-lb boyfriend who can eat anything he wants and never gain anything living with me, influencing my decisions). I also had a period where I wasn't eating enough only 6 months ago, so it's all just a little confusing. Hello Lose It! app! I am also (post-tax return) going to invest in a HMR and new weights (ChaLean's Bowflex series). But, ANYWAY, back to business: over the past two days, I've logged everything and gone back to my 1300-ish cals (to lose 1/2 pound a week until I hit maintenance mode) after working out and I have already seen the scale and inches move a little. Not a lot, just a little, but it's put my fears at bay for now and confirmed that I need to pay more attention to what I've been eating, especially if it's contributing to bloat (if not initial weight gain).

As far as what I'm eating (when good): it's pretty much exactly what Chalene advises in her nutrition guide: a good amount of lean proteins, veggies, and fruit, only complex carbs and not too many, and lots of water. When I am strict, I'm pretty good at being strict (and it's easier when you have to log all of it!). When I was doing poorly I was eating out a lot more often, not eating every 2-3 hours, eating less meals but bigger meals, etc. I think some of those indulge moments are fine, but for me they were becoming far too frequent.

Anyway, thank you for your response--and good luck with your fitness journey!


Sounds like you know what you need to do then! It's crazy how nutrition plays such a huge part in our fitness. I also wanted to add a thought, you can decrease your calorie intake to lose up to 2lbs a week and be safe more than that is not recommended. So that also may help. I am glad to hear you are investing in a HRM. That will really change thing for you and you will be able to know to the T what you need. Keep in touch if you have any other questions I'm always available!
Amy
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