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I've been doing Insanity for 3 weeks now, (monday starts week 4) and I'm gaining weight.emoticon I know that it's muscle but I'm wondering if anyone else has has this issue. I don't want to bulk up, but rather lose weight. Does anyone know when the muscle building and fat loss intersect and I'll start slimming down? Hope that makes sense! Thanks in advance for any advice or experiences.

Melissa
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RE: Insanity weight gain question.
3/13/11 9:53 AM as a reply to oxford82.
You shouldn't really "bulk-up". You're body will build the muscle it needs for the program, but instead of looking at the scale, look in the mirror and how your clothes are fitting. Don't be afraid of the muscle, keep in mind that muscle is what burns calories.
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3/13/11 9:57 AM as a reply to oxford82.
How many calories are you taking in?? I'm on the same day as you are and I too am NOT seeing much results. The nutrition guide had me taking in 2000cal/day and thats not working so, I'm cutting down to 1700 and doing low carb. Because, it's not the workouts........it has to be the diet. so try adjusting calories.
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RE: Insanity weight gain question.
3/14/11 8:39 AM as a reply to oxford82.
I wouldn't sweat it Melissa, pun intended. emoticon

Gaining a few pounds when you start an intense program isn't a surprise, and do not take it as a bad sign.

You're basically causing your body to go into shock, in a good way. One of the responses is that you may start holding more water in certain places. Your body needs to do this so that it can shuttle nutrients around, and extricate waste.

Like someone just said, let the mirror be your judge.

If you eat right, sleep right, and workout hard; there is one way that your body will respond, and you will be happier for it.

All of that said, I can relate to you here. My legs grow like weeds when I hit them hard; and Insanity is certainly doing that. So much so that I need to space my workouts out to every other day. My legs started thickening up to the point that my wife said that I started to look "shorter". And my pants started fitting tighter in the thighs.

I'm genetically pre-disposed to have muscular legs, and I have to train them carefully. I'm also a martial artist, which makes strong legs a great thing! But not so much for Insanity!

Just keep at it, and you'll get the results you're seeking.
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RE: Insanity weight gain question.
3/14/11 11:11 AM as a reply to chokeu2.
Thanks guys!!

@ ed4246 My jeans are more loose in the waist which is great but tighter in the thighs and my sleeves are tighter on my biceps.. Guess I'm hulking out..lol. And yes, the scale and I aren't friends right now so I'm taking a break from it.

@ 1superstar I am having about 1800-2000 cal a day depending if I get super hungry after 8pm and grab a 1/3 cup of nuts for snack or apple w/ peanut butter. I need to curb the after dinner snack but without dessert it's hard not to get hungry after a couple of hours.

@ chokeu2 Glad to hear that gaining a few pounds isn't unheard of. I am only 8 lbs off my preprenancy weight and I had awesome legs before and it's discouraging to see the scale going back up and my legs feeling bigger. I do feel like I'm tightening back up so that's a plus. As you said, I'll keep at it and see what I look like once the program is finished. Insanity is not going to make me look bad! emoticon

Melissa
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RE: Insanity weight gain question.
3/14/11 11:14 AM as a reply to oxford82.
WOW, I ACTUALLY WANT TO GAIN WEIGHT!
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3/14/11 12:04 PM as a reply to Amichele.
Amichele:
WOW, I ACTUALLY WANT TO GAIN WEIGHT!


Ah, I remember saying those exact words before I had my son! When I was trying to gain weight I just took in more calories in the form of protein and other healthy foods, though I still worked out as well because I didn't want the extra weight to turn into fat. Good luck in whatever your goals are!emoticon

Melissa
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RE: Insanity weight gain question.
3/14/11 12:35 PM as a reply to oxford82.
Month two is when most people see the weight coming off, myself included. If you need to reduce hunger and cravings, I highly recommend Shakeology. Good luck on your fitness journey.
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3/14/11 2:53 PM as a reply to oxford82.
When i started Insanity i weighed 108lbs. It fluctuated down to 98 and up to 120. I've done two rounds and am at 115lbs consistently, but i've gotten a really nice shape and whittled down all of my problem areas. It's really hard to bulk up with insanity alone, so no worries about that! You'll notice the scale less and the way your clothes fit more as you go, i promise
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RE: Insanity weight gain question.
3/14/11 3:42 PM as a reply to oxford82.
@Oxford82::: try not to go for fruit at night....Instead have a low cal/low carb protein shake.
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3/14/11 6:34 PM as a reply to oxford82.
Hi Melissa,

We are exactly in the same spot in the workout. I, too, am getting very frustrated with the scale but my problem is not getting enough calories. You are always told not to eat when you're not hungry and that's exactly what I'm doing. During my workout in the evenings, I drink a lot of water and therefore not hungry afterwards. There has been several days I've come up about 500 calories short. Therefore, I'm going against what has been told to me my entire life....I'm eating when I'm not hungry. The frustrating part of this is that we're having a weight loss competition at work and I still need to lose 4.75 pounds in 4 weeks. I'm getting worried I won't make it since I'm moving so slow on the scale. I started out at 148 lbs and I need to get down at 133 lbs (10% loss). I have to admit, I slacked through the first part of the program. I currently weigh 137.75 lbs. During Insanity I'm buring about 500-600 calories. How many calories do you think I should eat in order to reach my goal? Trust me, once I meet my 133 lbs goal, my next goal is 125 lbs. Any suggestions would be great!!
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3/14/11 8:37 PM as a reply to vtepe.
@loveinit - Thanks for the heads up. I am looking forward to month 2! I'll look into shakeology because I'm sure it's the right thing that will help me.

@KelsiNS - Thanks for the encouragement! Glad it worked so well for you and I'm looking forward to my problem areas being whittled away too. And cute horse in your picture!emoticon

@1superstar - Thanks for the suggestion for the low cal/low carb protein drink. Is it because of the sugar I should stay away from fruit at night?

@vtepe - Ugh, hate to hear that you're frustrated as well, but nice to have some company..hahaha! Good luck with the workout competition at work. I'm not too knowledgeable on calories for your body type etc, but there are some really helpful people on the boards so I'm sure you'll get the answers you need. I look foward to hearing/seeing your end results!

Melissa emoticon
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RE: Insanity weight gain question.
3/18/11 10:17 AM as a reply to oxford82.
oxford: I am guessing that your caloric intake is probably too high. If you are talking about dessert then you definitely should cut down on calories. Im 25, 5'9" and ~160lbs and I only eat 1600 calories a day and have plenty of energy for Insanity and hot yoga afterwards 3 days a week. You might feel like you're 'starving' yourself but that is just your body crying for food then realizing it needs to delve into your fat stores to get what it needs, meaning that's when you lose the weight. After about a week this feeling will go away as your body has 'trained' itself what to do.

1superstar: I totally disagree with the 'don't eat fruit if it's late' argument, unless it was a banana (or something without a lot of fibre). Even though, yes, a fruit does have sugar in it it's not the worst thing in the world. Fibre that comes with eating a fruit will keep the metabolism going for a LONG time afterwards and keep cravings away as it will take a lot long to metabolize. This is just my opinion though, I don't mean to start an argument in this thread!
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3/20/11 7:35 AM as a reply to chokeu2.
Choke-
I'm in the same boat. Haven't lost a pound in 3.5 weeks of Insanity and my legs and waste are bigger. My legs are huge anyway as I'm built like a fireplug so this isn't exactly what I had in mind. I have to skip days too or my legs blow up and I can't get my pants on. How has your progress been since you posted this?
Thanks.
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3/21/11 7:18 PM as a reply to Musabi.
Musabi--no biggie! Everyone is different and everyone's body responds differently. As for myself, eating fruit makes me more hungry and a protein shake fills me up.

To the people who are gaining weight...lower you caloric intake! I followed the book also at first and didnt see much change. So, I took it upon myself to lower from 2000 to 1700 low carb. Working great! Inches and weight came off in one week of changing calories!
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3/22/11 12:47 AM as a reply to 1superstar.
Dropping your caloric intake close to starvation mode and removing the few carbs you'd be getting is in no way the proper nutrition needed for this workout program. The nutrition guide WORKS. The problem for people is it's a lifestyle change. You didn't pack on the pounds in a matter of weeks, you can't expect to lose them that fast either. Crash dieting while attempting rigorous exercise is only going to result in constant fatigue and sore muscles.

There are quite literally dozens of reasons why you've gained a couple pounds. Part of this might be muscle, water weight from being properly hydrated and/or your actual natural weight has steadied out because you're eating regularly instead of skipping meals. I'm starting week 4 and I've gained 3 pounds, however, I feel great with lots of energy and I look forward to pushing myself in the 2nd month.

The best advice I can give is to forget about the scale. I put mine away because it's not going to offer you any encouragement or motivation. Your better off judging yourself in a mirror and keeping track of your measurements every couple weeks
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RE: Insanity weight gain question.
3/30/11 2:43 PM as a reply to Atjays.
Atjays:
Dropping your caloric intake close to starvation mode and removing the few carbs you'd be getting is in no way the proper nutrition needed for this workout program. The nutrition guide WORKS. The problem for people is it's a lifestyle change. You didn't pack on the pounds in a matter of weeks, you can't expect to lose them that fast either. Crash dieting while attempting rigorous exercise is only going to result in constant fatigue and sore muscles.

There are quite literally dozens of reasons why you've gained a couple pounds. Part of this might be muscle, water weight from being properly hydrated and/or your actual natural weight has steadied out because you're eating regularly instead of skipping meals. I'm starting week 4 and I've gained 3 pounds, however, I feel great with lots of energy and I look forward to pushing myself in the 2nd month.

The best advice I can give is to forget about the scale. I put mine away because it's not going to offer you any encouragement or motivation. Your better off judging yourself in a mirror and keeping track of your measurements every couple weeks


Well, obviously the Nutrition guide isn't working for everyone...hence, all the questions and concerns! SO, people should adjust as needed and do what fits into your schedule. Not everyone works in an office and can reheat food. Lots of people are on-the-go and need to play with the clean foods.

I agree with you on the scale thing. It will vary with water retention, muscle gains, and time of day. Go with how you feel and how your clothes are fitting. Some results take longer. Keep pushing PLAY!!!
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3/30/11 2:46 PM as a reply to 1superstar.
And I never mentioned anything about a crash diet........thank you! I said low carb.... and 1700 calories is not starvation mode!!! Don't be so dramatic ATJAYS! YOU have no idea how much this woman weighs or how tall she is. It was purely a suggestion....
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3/31/11 8:39 PM as a reply to 1superstar.
I have had to play with my diet a bit. I just started week 7 and haven't had any noticeable outward results (scale, body fat measurements, clothes), although I know I'm getting stronger and more fit. I typically follow a Zone diet and get my carbs from fruits and vegetables. I tried following the program and I think it just has too much bread/grain for me. I cut back on them just a little (stopped eating them after 2:00 p.m.) and I already feel a little better after a couple of days. I agree everyone is different.

It used to be I didn't need to count calories at all as long as I ate well and stayed in the "zone". I have a friend who could live solely on Cheetos as long as she didn't surpass a certain calorie count. Of course, she wouldn't do this, but we had the same trainer and she gained weight doing my diet, but lost when she went to calorie counting.

I'm babbling, but you have to do a little tweaking to see how your body responds, keeping in mind you still need sufficient fuel to perform. I am doing Insanity as well as martial arts, so it makes no sense to scale back too much. For me, it isn't so much the calorie count as it was where the calories were coming from. If I am making any sense...
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7/6/11 7:14 AM as a reply to sharonm45.
I am in week 4 of the Insanity program and have also noticed weight gain as well as my clothes getting tighter in new areas like thighs and butt.
The most important thing to keep in mind that this workout is completely re-shaping your body by building lean muscle mass.
However, everyone is indeed different and will respond differently based on their age, gender and genetic makeup.
There is never a one-size fits all solution or results table.

I do agree that judging the effectiveness of the workouts by the way you feel and look is more reasonable than weighing yourself. But I would not go so far to consider the scale to be your enemy. How about weighing yourself only once a week or once a month instead?

As we get older we have to work a lot harder to see any results in weight loss or body sculpting. That's just the way it is. I am 37 now and have to work 3 times as hard to loose any fat tissue even though I have muscle mass underneath all that juggling jello.

Aside from figuring out the right nutrition for yourself you also have to make sure that you are getting enough sleep and avoid stress. Especially the kind of stress you are causing by beating yourself up over the weight gain.

Enjoy the workouts and how fit you feel afterwards. Be grateful that you are healthy enough to be physically active and love your body. Staying positive always leads to better results.emoticon
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