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11/22/09 9:28 PM
Hey everyone..I am a little discouraged because I am in week 5 of Insanity and have not even seen one pound of weightloss. I am very close to my ideal weight but nonetheless am frustrated. I also have problems with gluten which doesn't always help. Was wondering if anyone had any motivation or advice for me. I am so frustrated because if I am gonna work this hard, I want to see some results (previously I did p90x doubles)-- with interval x plus as cardio! ?? I mean should I be doing easier programs? Kind of confused?? help emoticon
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RE: not losing weight on Insanity yet
11/23/09 9:30 AM as a reply to P90XMC2Insanity.
I am about where you are (week 1 of month 2). I have seen about 2 lbs of weight loss, and I have about 25lbs to loose so I thought some of it would come off with ANY workout regime (5'4" and 150lbs). I am gonna guess that since you are so close to your ideal weight it is even more difficult to loose weight.

My clothes fit a lot looser, though. especially in my hips. I am hoping month 2 accelerates the loss of inches. Weight loss would be great, but if I have to choose I'll take the inches!

Cindy
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RE: not losing weight on Insanity yet
11/23/09 10:30 PM as a reply to clk975.
That's true Cindy, Just trying to stay positive! I think we will start to see more results in month 2!emoticon
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RE: not losing weight on Insanity yet
11/23/09 11:09 PM as a reply to P90XMC2Insanity.
im in week 5 also
i actually gained 3 pounds?
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11/25/09 11:13 PM as a reply to element506.
LOL I gained 2 or 3 as well...must be muscle...emoticon??
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RE: not losing weight on Insanity yet
11/26/09 1:13 PM as a reply to P90XMC2Insanity.
sarah11083:
Hey everyone..I am a little discouraged because I am in week 5 of Insanity and have not even seen one pound of weightloss. I am very close to my ideal weight but nonetheless am frustrated. I also have problems with gluten which doesn't always help. Was wondering if anyone had any motivation or advice for me. I am so frustrated because if I am gonna work this hard, I want to see some results (previously I did p90x doubles)-- with interval x plus as cardio! ?? I mean should I be doing easier programs? Kind of confused?? help emoticon


Hi, there....as I will be finished with Insanity this Saturday, I had to comment.

First...Insanity, like P90X is designed to have you peak with ur results in the latter part of the program. That's what happened to me. Like U, I was very close to my ideal weight; that being the case, I knew it would take longer to drop that weight.

The workouts pick up SIGNIFICANTLY in Month 2 - in both time and intensity. U will see what I mean. I attribute most of my results to the 2nd month. The kicker - U can't get to Month 2 without doing Month 1 first emoticon

A few things to consider:

1. Weight isn't everything. Is ur body composition changing? Things 'shifting' around? I didn't drop much weight in Month 1, but my midsection was flatter, tighter and stronger. Which means I look better. By the middle of month 2, my shoulders rounded out, were more defined and I definitely had more muscle in my back.

2. Make sure ur eating right. If you are not taking in enough calories, U will not drop the weight. If U have a gluten problem...then stop eating bread, etc. U can replace those items that U can't eat with brown rice or oatmeal. AND...the closer U are to goal, the more critical ur diet is (no sugar or refined carbs).

3. DON'T do doubles with Insanity. U could burn out. And the more activity U do, the more U have to eat.

4. The extra pounds could be water (try to curb ur sodium intake). Or muscle. That's why women need to IGNORE THE SCALE.

If I were U, I would finish out the program. Then, if U still feel U have weight to lose, try a lighter program like RevAbs or Turbo Jam to get rid of that last bit of fat. My plan is to to do RevAbs, then an Insanity/P90X Hybrid program to finish things off. Realistically speaking, I'm thinking at least 6 months (maybe more) to really look like I want to look. Like I said before, the closer U are to goal, the harder it is going to be. If ur young, it might not take U that long. I'm 40, so it will probably take me longer than U.

Stick with it!!
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RE: not losing weight on Insanity yet
11/26/09 3:29 PM as a reply to P90XMC2Insanity.
Insanity, like P90X before it, is NOT a weight-loss program. It's a conditioning program -- one that aims to achieve peak cardiovascular endurance and recovery.

If you're following the diet of the program, then you're consuming the number of calories required to achieve those two goals. Not to lose weight.

You'll definitely gain improved musculature over the 90 days (both in terms of mass and definition). And you'll likely continue to look leaner as the weeks go by.

But you really won't lose a lot of weight.

If you want to drop weight, you really need to reduce caloric intake by burning more than you're consuming.

But Insanity is a program that demands proper nutrition. If you don't eat enough, your body won't have the energy to finish the program.

If weight-loss is your ultimate goal, you'd be better served by more moderate programs that focus on restricted calories and less intense physical exercise.
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RE: not losing weight on Insanity yet
11/26/09 6:11 PM as a reply to leeial.
LeeiaL:
sarah11083:
Hey everyone..I am a little discouraged because I am in week 5 of Insanity and have not even seen one pound of weightloss. I am very close to my ideal weight but nonetheless am frustrated. I also have problems with gluten which doesn't always help. Was wondering if anyone had any motivation or advice for me. I am so frustrated because if I am gonna work this hard, I want to see some results (previously I did p90x doubles)-- with interval x plus as cardio! ?? I mean should I be doing easier programs? Kind of confused?? help emoticon


Hi, there....as I will be finished with Insanity this Saturday, I had to comment.

First...Insanity, like P90X is designed to have you peak with ur results in the latter part of the program. That's what happened to me. Like U, I was very close to my ideal weight; that being the case, I knew it would take longer to drop that weight.

The workouts pick up SIGNIFICANTLY in Month 2 - in both time and intensity. U will see what I mean. I attribute most of my results to the 2nd month. The kicker - U can't get to Month 2 without doing Month 1 first emoticon

A few things to consider:

1. Weight isn't everything. Is ur body composition changing? Things 'shifting' around? I didn't drop much weight in Month 1, but my midsection was flatter, tighter and stronger. Which means I look better. By the middle of month 2, my shoulders rounded out, were more defined and I definitely had more muscle in my back.

2. Make sure ur eating right. If you are not taking in enough calories, U will not drop the weight. If U have a gluten problem...then stop eating bread, etc. U can replace those items that U can't eat with brown rice or oatmeal. AND...the closer U are to goal, the more critical ur diet is (no sugar or refined carbs).

3. DON'T do doubles with Insanity. U could burn out. And the more activity U do, the more U have to eat.

4. The extra pounds could be water (try to curb ur sodium intake). Or muscle. That's why women need to IGNORE THE SCALE.

If I were U, I would finish out the program. Then, if U still feel U have weight to lose, try a lighter program like RevAbs or Turbo Jam to get rid of that last bit of fat. My plan is to to do RevAbs, then an Insanity/P90X Hybrid program to finish things off. Realistically speaking, I'm thinking at least 6 months (maybe more) to really look like I want to look. Like I said before, the closer U are to goal, the harder it is going to be. If ur young, it might not take U that long. I'm 40, so it will probably take me longer than U.

Stick with it!!



Well said!!! Thank you for your post. I was able to relate to both the concern and response. Next Monday, I will be starting week one of month 2. As you guessed, I have a few days left of recovery. Your insight certainly helped provide a little extra excitement as I prepare to fight through this four week stretch. Funny thing, but my biggest challenge is trying not to think too much about the Hybrid I plan on starting up right after this. I miss my weights. Anyhow, thanks again for your post.
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RE: not losing weight on Insanity yet
11/27/09 1:46 PM as a reply to apachechief.
My opinion:

Don't feel guilty about abandoning the 60-day Insanity program if what you really want to be doing is a hybrid program.

My experience with Insanity (as a standalone program) was largely negative. Most of the routines involve fairly similar exercises with relatively high levels of impact...which I found really took a toll on my legs and joints over time. I also found it mentally exhausting putting my body through that same grind every day.

I also strongly believe that Insanity is not a very good "physique" program. You'll get in really good cardiovascular shape...and your legs might get really defined...but it largely ignores most of the "glamour" muscles of the upper body. Sure, you touch on those areas, but you're not going to build a nice upper body with this course.

I can assure you that none of the "ripped" gentlemen in the video got that way by doing Insanity exclusively. They may have tightened up their bodies, but they certainly didn't build their mass with Insanity.

Having said that, I think Insanity is an AWESOME set of workouts when rotated into a hybrid program. I'm currently doing a P90X, 1-on-1, Chalean Extreme (for Abs) and Insanity hybrid program and I'm seeing more positive change in my body than I've ever seen in any one of those programs alone.

I love the variety of a hybrid program. And my BRAIN and BODY love the variety too.

So bottom line: do what you are inspired to do. Not what you feel obliged to do.
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11/26/09 10:59 PM as a reply to leeial.
Thank you so much for the thoughtful response! I am going to try and relax and finish it out...I guess I have to stop worrying about the scale- but just distressing to work so hard and not even lose any weight...I am going to pay closer attention to my food choices..but with Insanity it seems difficult because of the energy you need to complete the workouts! I totally hear you on Month 2...a lot harder for sure! Here's to hoping I lean out some more. And yes, I really like salty things which also makes it hard to watch my sodium intake!! Am thinking of rev abs next possibly, not quite sure yet
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11/27/09 7:07 AM as a reply to DaxMontana.
DaxMontana:
My opinion:

Don't feel guilty about abandoning the 60-day Insanity program if what you really want to be doing is a hybrid program.

My experience with Insanity (as a standalone program) was largely negative. Most of the routines involve fairly similar exercises with relatively high levels of impact...which I found really took a toll on my legs and joints over time. I also found it mentally exhausting putting my body through that same grind every day.

I also strongly believe that Insanity is not a very good "physique" program. You'll get in really good cardiovascular shape...and your legs might get really defined...but it largely ignores most of the "glamour" muscles of the upper body. Sure, you touch on those areas, but you're not going to build a nice upper body with this course.

I can assure you that none of the "ripped" gentlemen in the video got that way by doing Insanity exclusively. The may have tightened up their bodies, but they certainly didn't build their mass with Insanity.

Having said that, I think Insanity is an AWESOME set of workouts when rotated into a hybrid program. I'm currently doing a P90X, 1-on-1, Chalean Extreme (for Abs) and Insanity hybrid program and I'm seeing more positive change in my body than I've ever seen in any one of those programs alone.

I love the variety of a hybrid program. And my BRAIN and BODY love the variety too.

So bottom line: do what you are inspired to do. Not what you feel obliged to do.


I agree that everyone has to do what they feel is best for them. In the beginning, I was somewhat disappointed with the program and results, but I stuck with it and the results have been worth it. It depends largely on what ur goals are and what ur looking for.

As an athlete (elite level tennis), I was looking for increased endurance (muscular and cardio) as well as some upper body definition. I got both. Of course, Insanity isn't designed to get huge muscles and I understood that going in. But chances are, especially if ur a woman, U will end up with more upper body definition and strength than U had going in. What U mean by 'physique' largely depends on what ur looking for. I looked in the mirror yesterday and I was happy. My body shape definitely changed for the better, I had curves in the right places and the right places were smaller and tighter.

Now, P90X is a different story. U can build impressive 'vanity' muscles with that program (which is what it was designed for+increased strength). But I did find with Insanity that I increased the number of pushups and strength-based moves that I could do as the program progressed.

Hybrid programs are great, 'cause U get the best of both worlds. Lots of people have done Insanity and P90X alone, then did a hybrid of the two with great results.

By nature, Insanity is hard on the joints. That's to be expected with the amount of plyo moves each day back-to-back; that's just the way it goes, U have to decide if U can deal with it or not, but there ARE precautions U can take.

Insanity isn't for everyone, just as P90X isn't for everyone. I found P90X to be rather monotonous and boring after a while, but I stuck with it because I wanted results. Contrast this with Insanity - I wasn't bored at all and the continuous grind was, for me, very challenging.

Bottom line, U've got to take the pros and cons and decide what U really want to do. Personally, as long as the program gives me the results I want, I'm not going to waste time complaining about being bored. I do it and move on.

My 2 cents.
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11/27/09 2:26 PM as a reply to leeial.
I guess I just approach physical exercise as an ongoing experience rather than a modularized one.

Advertisers love to push the modularized approach...with "30 Day" programs, and "60 Day" programs, and "90 Day" programs -- because people love to believe that they can achieve great results in a reasonably short period of time. And the truth is they can.

But many people complete a modular program (or almost complete it) and then just go straight back to the way they used to live. I've done this myself several times (after "Body for Life", and "P90X", etc...) And I know I would have done the same if I had completed 60 days of Insanity.

The truth is, if I have a specific end-date in mind, I place so much signficance on reaching that date that I feel genuinely relieved when it finally arrives. Like I've finished a journey and can now relax.

This effect is best demonstrated in the world of casual runners. We've all known people who out of the blue declare themselves "A Runner" and decide that they want train for a half-marathon. They spend months and months training, complete the marathon, and then never run another step in their lives.

So now my approach to fitness is to find interesting new workouts and mix them into my increasingly varied hybrid program. I try to hit every body part at least once a week. And if I don't like a particular workout, I dump it. I don't continue doing it just out some sense of obligation (or because it's part of a program).

I want to find a long-term fitness solution. Not a 60 day one.
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11/28/09 7:29 AM as a reply to DaxMontana.
DaxMontana:
I guess I just approach physical exercise as an ongoing experience rather than a modularized one.

Advertisers love to push the modularized approach...with "30 Day" programs, and "60 Day" programs, and "90 Day" programs -- because people love to believe that they can achieve great results in a reasonably short period of time. And the truth is they can.

But many people complete a modular program (or almost complete it) and then just go straight back to the way they used to live. I've done this myself several times (after "Body for Life", and "P90X", etc...) And I know I would have done the same if I had completed 60 days of Insanity.

The truth is, if I have a specific end-date in mind, I place so much signficance on reaching that date that I feel genuinely relieved when it finally arrives. Like I've finished a journey and can now relax.

This effect is best demonstrated in the world of casual runners. We've all known people who out of the blue declare themselves "A Runner" and decide that they want train for a half-marathon. They spend months and months training, complete the marathon, and then never run another step in their lives.

So now my approach to fitness is to find interesting new workouts and mix them into my increasingly varied hybrid program. I try to hit every body part at least once a week. And if I don't like a particular workout, I dump it. I don't continue doing it just out some sense of obligation (or because it's part of a program).

I want to find a long-term fitness solution. Not a 60 day one.



Now this was a great post. I agree with you 100%! emoticon
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11/29/09 8:56 PM as a reply to P90XMC2Insanity.
I'm starting my 7th week of Insanity and I agree 100% with Dax.

A hybrid workout is great. Having to do the same workout twice in one week is very boring.

I was also thinking of doing RevAbs after finishing Insanity. But I read on another message board that it was pretty lame, this coming from people who have done Insanity.

I'm going to finish Insanity. I hate to quit this far in, besides I really don't have the equipment needed for the other workouts. Hopefully by the time I'm done I'll have a better idea of what to do next.

As far as weight goes, it's really just a number that only you see. There are other things that matter more, IMO. Such as, how you feel, how you look, body fat percentage, lean muscle mass, health, etc.

So while your weight might have stayed the same, I'm pretty sure your body fat percentage has gone down, and your lean muscle mass has gone up.
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12/1/09 9:40 PM as a reply to gonzox2.
I'm kind of confused, I lost weight (19 pounds in a month) from doing Insanity. I thought it was a weight loss program. Now I know from reading everyone's posts. I'm still happy with the results. I haven't started the second month yet but I hope to lose more weight and tone up.
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12/2/09 10:41 AM as a reply to aviana.
aviana:
I'm kind of confused, I lost weight (19 pounds in a month) from doing Insanity. I thought it was a weight loss program. Now I know from reading everyone's posts. I'm still happy with the results. I haven't started the second month yet but I hope to lose more weight and tone up.



I ordered Insanity for weight-loss and toning, because they do mention weight-loss on the infomercial and online. I don't want to get all bulked and buffed up.. Again, I'm just looking to lose and tone. I did Turbo Jam before and it wasn't challenging enough, so I thought this would be great for that. The fact that you LOST 19 lbs in a month really inspires me and proves that it will work for weight-loss. Now I'm more anxious than ever to receive my package! Keep up the good work!
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12/2/09 2:54 PM as a reply to stephanielr.
stephanielr:
aviana:
I'm kind of confused, I lost weight (19 pounds in a month) from doing Insanity. I thought it was a weight loss program. Now I know from reading everyone's posts. I'm still happy with the results. I haven't started the second month yet but I hope to lose more weight and tone up.



I ordered Insanity for weight-loss and toning, because they do mention weight-loss on the infomercial and online. I don't want to get all bulked and buffed up.. Again, I'm just looking to lose and tone. I did Turbo Jam before and it wasn't challenging enough, so I thought this would be great for that. The fact that you LOST 19 lbs in a month really inspires me and proves that it will work for weight-loss. Now I'm more anxious than ever to receive my package! Keep up the good work!


There's almost no chance you're going to "bulk-up" with Insanity. Your muscles will get more defined (and likely leaner), but they're not going to get big. There isn't a single exercise in the program that would foster large muscle expansion (unless you order the extra weight-lifting DVD where Shaun T. actually uses dumbbells...)

It's all about cardio and muslce-toning.

Weight loss is certainly possible, but if you're already in good enough shape to perform these exercises and if you're following the nutrition program properly (consuming sufficient calories, etc) you likely won't see a dramatic drop in weight over just 60 days.

In my opinion: 19 lbs is WAY beyond what you should expect to lose. In fact, 19lbs in a single month is really beyond what I'd even consider a healthy amount of weight to be losing in such a short period of time.
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12/2/09 9:48 PM as a reply to DaxMontana.
DaxMontana:
stephanielr:
aviana:
I'm kind of confused, I lost weight (19 pounds in a month) from doing Insanity. I thought it was a weight loss program. Now I know from reading everyone's posts. I'm still happy with the results. I haven't started the second month yet but I hope to lose more weight and tone up.



I ordered Insanity for weight-loss and toning, because they do mention weight-loss on the infomercial and online. I don't want to get all bulked and buffed up.. Again, I'm just looking to lose and tone. I did Turbo Jam before and it wasn't challenging enough, so I thought this would be great for that. The fact that you LOST 19 lbs in a month really inspires me and proves that it will work for weight-loss. Now I'm more anxious than ever to receive my package! Keep up the good work!


There's almost no chance you're going to "bulk-up" with Insanity. Your muscles will get more defined (and likely leaner), but they're not going to get big. There isn't a single exercise in the program that would foster large muscle expansion (unless you order the extra weight-lifting DVD where Shaun T. actually uses dumbbells...)

It's all about cardio and muslce-toning.

Weight loss is certainly possible, but if you're already in good enough shape to perform these exercises and if you're following the nutrition program properly (consuming sufficient calories, etc) you likely won't see a dramatic drop in weight over just 60 days.

In my opinion: 19 lbs is WAY beyond what you should expect to lose. In fact, 19lbs in a single month is really beyond what I'd even consider a healthy amount of weight to be losing in such a short period of time.
I'm not saying that everyone will get the same results that I have, but I'm saying it is possible to lose weight from this program. I lost the weight in a healthy matter by sticking to the workout plan,following the nutrition program, eating right, taking in enough calories that will give me the energy to do the tough workouts that Insanity throws at you. It is possible to lose 19 pounds in a month, not everyone would be able to do that but my body decided to drop the weight. I can't help that, I just want to give some encouragement to people who are starting that you can do just stick to it. I did and I lost the weight.
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12/3/09 6:57 AM as a reply to aviana.
Try to remember that every body is different. Some ppl will lose a lot of weight, others not so much. There are lots of variables going on, like weight, calorie consumption, fitness level, etc... the point is do what U can do the best U can do. I didn't lose a whole lot of 'weight' (I had just 10 pounds to lose)- but I did lose inches and my body is reshaped - it looks a lot different from when I started and I definitely look better.

If it is any help, I finished Insanity a week ago. I'm now doing an Insanity/X hybrid. I last did P90X about a year ago. I found that my numbers on each exercise NEARLY DOUBLED. I can't attribute this kind of improvement to anything other than the Insanity workout. This means that I've gotten a lot stronger, AND I'll be able to hit the X HARDER this time around, which will do wonders for my results.

For a lot of people, it will take multiple rounds of different programs to look REALLY great (of course, U have to eat right). For me, Insanity was a great place to start - I can see that now. So, the benefits of doing Insanity go well beyond what ur going to see during the program. Insanity is one step along the journey...but it does what it says it is going to do!

It works, trust the process and eat right. U will come out a winner in the end.
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12/21/09 10:53 AM as a reply to stephanielr.
stephanielr:
aviana:
I'm kind of confused, I lost weight (19 pounds in a month) from doing Insanity. I thought it was a weight loss program. Now I know from reading everyone's posts. I'm still happy with the results. I haven't started the second month yet but I hope to lose more weight and tone up.



I ordered Insanity for weight-loss and toning, because they do mention weight-loss on the infomercial and online. I don't want to get all bulked and buffed up.. Again, I'm just looking to lose and tone. I did Turbo Jam before and it wasn't challenging enough, so I thought this would be great for that. The fact that you LOST 19 lbs in a month really inspires me and proves that it will work for weight-loss. Now I'm more anxious than ever to receive my package! Keep up the good work!




I take issue folks saying you can't build muscle with Insanity. Surely not what you would get with P90X but it can happen.

I have built muscle using Insanity. Doing 50 push-up jacks may not build a lot of muscle for a guy that benches 250 lbs. But it might for some others. During my first month I gained about a pound of muscle and lost 7 pounds of fat (net loss 6 pounds).

I have the "bulking up" argument with my wife on a daily basis. A pound of fat takes up a lot more space than a pound of muscle. See this gross Picture.

If you were to gain a pound of muscle for every pound of fat you lost, your weight would not change but you would lose inches and look a lot better (take up much less space). That’s why the measuring tape, body fat%, pictures and how your clothes fit is much more important than the scale weight. I have been measuring these things for a while and I don't think I have ever gained more muscle than I have lost fat in any given period….even when I was hitting weights 4x a week.

I’m doing my last fit test today (I have already blown through the initial goals I set for improvement based on the last one). I have not lost a ton of weight but body fat % is declining, flexibility is improved, clothes are looser (two notches on most belts and I need new boxers emoticon ) and in terms of athletic performance, I just don't get tired playing soccer or lacrosse.

Eating habits have been admittedly bad (holidays plus a hectic travel schedule). That will improve with round two. By my calculations cutting coke out of my diet would easily be 4 pounds over a 60 day period.

All and all, any shortcomings are mine and mine alone, not (in my opinion) a flaw with the program.
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