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Not losing weight with P90X
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Not losing weight with P90X
p90x weight loss
1/20/10 6:15 PM
I started P90X 5 weeks after having my second baby and I have 8 pounds of post-baby fat to lose. I am doing the classic program except core on day 1 instead of chest/back. I have completed three weeks and I have not lost any weight. I have lost about .75 inch around my waist and am getting stronger, but I was hoping this program would help me lose the last bit of fat after having my baby as well as help tone. I am not doing the nutrition portion, but I am a strict vegetarian and am eating healthy and smaller portions. Any suggestions or is it normal to not lose weight (maybe I am replacing the fat with muscle, which weighs more?)
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RE: Not losing weight with P90X
1/20/10 6:19 PM as a reply to karinah.
this may sound weird, but you might not be eating enough. if you don't fuel your body with enough food, your body will think you are in "starvation" mode and you won't lose weight/fat as quickly as you want. i would recommend you use their calorie formula and make sure you are getting enough protein. as a vegetarian, it can be difficult getting enough protein in your diet.
also, are you measuring your body fat percentage and comparing if you are losing that. remember that muscle weighs more than fat. so if you are losing fat and gaining muscle, you won't be losing weight as fast.
weight is an indicator, but fat content is more accurate for your body composition.
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RE: Not losing weight with P90X
1/20/10 8:00 PM as a reply to karinah.
Give us your physical stats, and a breakdown of a days meals.
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RE: Not losing weight with P90X
1/21/10 6:46 AM as a reply to FunnymanMike.
FunnymanMike:
Give us your physical stats, and a breakdown of a days meals.


I am 5'10.5" and pre-pregnancy weighed 134, size 4. Right now I weigh about 141-142. My waist is 2 inches more than pre-pregnancy. I am thin and have a straighter body shape, but gain weight in my mid-section the most when I do gain weight.

For breakfast I eat two packs of instant oatmeal

I drink a 110 cal protein drink after my workout (17 g protein)

For lunch I will eat either pasta with veggie beef in the sauce or a large spinach salad with 1 or 2 eggs, veggie turkey strips, and provolone cheese.

I will have fruit or yoghurt for an afternoon snack

Dinner is usually pasta with veggies (veggie meat in sauce) or something with beans/legumes

I have large skinny lattes 3-4 times a week and an occasional small sweet treat. We sometimes eat out at restaurants and I do eat more when we go out, but still healthy overall.

When I did the nutrition plan calorie calculator, it said to do the 1,800 calorie plan. I am eating more protein than normal.

I don't think I am starving myself, since I am not ravenous all the time. The time I get the most hungry is in the late evening.

I also drink a couple diet dr. pepper sodas everyday.
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RE: Not losing weight with P90X
1/21/10 7:31 AM as a reply to karinah.
You might be taking in too many carbs. Pasta, soda, lattes, and "sweet treats" are loaded with em and your body will use that energy before it burns any of its fat stores. Recommend you track your intake with myfitnesspal or fitday and see what your proteins/carbs/fats look like and adjust your diet accordingly. I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but that would be my first step. Good luck!
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RE: Not losing weight with P90X
1/21/10 7:42 AM as a reply to karinah.
It sounds to me like you aren't tracking your food using a software system (my wife and I like DailyBurn.com and their iPhone apps). That's the only way to really see what you're eating.

One tip from your food list - Kashi makes a couple good instant oatmeal flavors that have 8 or 9 grams of protein in them. Switching for those will help balance your ratios a bit more than normal Quaker or similar. When I eat oatmeal for breakfast I like to mix one packet of their Vanilla flavor with one packet of their Honey Cinnamon (I think that's what it is) flavor.

Also - you didn't mention that you were tracking your body fat. That's the only way to be sure if you are getting any results in the form of burning fat. If you are burning fat but also building muscle - which the nature of the P90X workouts is likely to do - you want to be able to see that. Best of luck.
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RE: Not losing weight with P90X
1/22/10 11:37 AM as a reply to karinah.
Hi Karinah- I would cut out the diet sodas, as they can cause bloating (artificial sugars + carbonation), are devoid of any nutrients and have many chemicals in them that provide no benefits at all. Have you considered using other sources of protein w/ main meal, instead of mostly beef (fish)? I would add a protein and/or veggie to breakfast (move eggs from lunch to breakfast), and take out one packet of oatmeal. Did you input your daily intake into one of those free caloric counter sites? You may actually be eating over or under 1800 calories.

Another thing to consider is the training for P90X is physically intensive that alone would cause some water retention. I think you need to be patient and keep doing the workouts, use other markers for success of the program (inches lost, performance/completing more reps, increasing resistance, needing less recovery time between exercises), not just weight loss.
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RE: Not losing weight with P90X
1/21/10 4:17 PM as a reply to karinah.
I appreciate the feedback. All the "beef" I am eating is vegetarian beef from morningstar. The turkey is as well. I don't eat any real meat. I think balancing out when I eat my protein is a good idea and add more protein to my breakfast could be good, since I workout after breakfast. The 1,800 calories was from the nutrition plan from P90x and the calculations the book came with to use. I don't track all my calories everyday. With a new baby, getting the workouts in is hard enough, time-wise. I have not measured body fat, since I don't have that tool, but I am losing inches, so I assume I am losing fat. I can do more reps and have better form, so I am building muscle.

I did do breakfast, lunch, and snacks for today on the myfitnesspal.com and it said I am getting more protein than I need compared to the carbs. So I think with the milk, cheese, eggs, veggie turkey, and protein drink, I am getting enough protein. I guess I could eat less pasta at night maybe. It's hard being a vegetarian, though.
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RE: Not losing weight with P90X
1/22/10 11:50 AM as a reply to karinah.
Hi Karinah- the veggie sources of meat are lower in fat & calories than the real meat versions, so that's good. But perhaps there is additional sodium due to them being processed, that could cause water retention. Is the amount of sodium low-moderate in those products? Are you staying well hydrated though out the day (mostly water)? I don't think less carbs would work for your weight loss, as you need carbs to fuel you for the workouts, and your protein intake is high (veggie meat, legumes, protein shakes, yogurt). I just though that your breakfast would be better balanced w/ a protein or veggie vs. eating just complex carbs alone, and one of your snacks could have a carb & protein (eat the fruit & yogurt together vs. separately ), as well. Increased reps, improved form & inches lost are all positive markers of progress, so just keep plugging away w/ the workouts. And see if cutting out the diet sodas (and making sure sodium intake is not to high), has an effect on weight loss. Please keep us posted on your progress.
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RE: Not losing weight with P90X
1/26/10 7:02 PM as a reply to cardiomama.
I think that you want to remember that you're only 8 weeks out of having a baby, and your body is wanting to hold onto some of that weight to feed your young one. Now i don't know if you're breast feeding but regardless, your bodies biological reaction is to hold onto a little bit of weight initially. You will eventually smack your system out of that pattern.
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RE: Not losing weight with P90X
1/31/10 5:55 PM as a reply to FunnymanMike.
I took my 30 day measurements and photos today. I have lost 2 pounds, 1 inch off my waist, 1.5 inches off my bust (I also stopped breastfeeding during this time, too, though), 1/2 inch off each thigh, and increased my biceps by 1/4 inch. I can tell my shoulders are more defined and I can do way more pushups now. So I still wish I was losing more weight, but I guess I am losing inches and gaining muscle. I'm going to start running on my weight days to help boost my metabolism and see if that helps (basically doing the doubles routine instead of the classic).
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RE: Not losing weight with P90X
2/24/11 9:18 AM as a reply to karinah.
I'm not losing weight at all. In fact, I gained two pounds, and I don't want to hear that it is muscle because it is not. My clothes are definitely not looser on me. I was in good shape when I began the program. My cholesterol is at 130 and I was working out on the elliptical for about 60-90 minutes a day. I'm just heavier than I want to be, at 5'2 and now 130 pounds. (I wanted to get down to 118). I thought P90X would get me where I wanted to go, but I did some research when I saw zero reduction in my weight. I have read that the program is not really good for weight loss, but rather getting into shape. Also, I found that fit women who have tried the program seem to agree that the Cardio-X workout is anything but extreme. I agree. It is laughably easy. It is an okay workout, but as far as being cardiovascular, it IS NOT. The first 13 minutes are warming up and then Yoga. Yoga is great, but it is not going to get your heart in the cardio range. Anyways, the advice I've read is that we women who are in pretty decent shape may want to reduce our calories to no more than 1500 a day and replace the Cardio-X workouts (Kenpo maybe on that list as well. It is not very cardio, either) with either a run (or bike, what ever you usually do) or one of his more rigorous workouts, such as plyometrics or core synergistics. I'm a vegan, so all of his high protein diet advice and shakes are lost on me. I recently began doing doubles in hopes of making more progress. I think I'd be better off doing my own regular cardio workout and simply adding his weight training to the mix. It just isn't tailored well to us ladies, in my opinion. Good luck, sister!
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