Nancy, My husband and I are starting week …
Nancy, My husband and I are starting weekOct 2nd, 2010 | By Nancy Andrews | Category:
Comment posted If I want to lose weight, should I do the ‘Classic’ or ‘Lean’ P90X routines? by Teresa.
My husband and I are starting week 5 of P90X. Neither one of us would have passed the fit test at the beginning, but we are doing our best.
He is starting after being inactive for a long time with a repaired Achilles tendon on one side (and the other ankle is a candidate for rupture and repair also) and a couple of repaired hernias. (He’s doing a fine job of bringing all he can without endangering his weak spots.) He’s 5’11″, (started P90X at) 212 lbs, and 40 yrs old. Discovering this was a path he wants to follow was a big deal for him, and he is anxious for the process to yield quickly. His body is responding nicely, about 8 lbs on the scale lost so far, and quite a bit of strength gained, but not quickly enough to suit him. Diet-wise, he is not following any kind of rubric, although we both are eating more healthfully after starting this program because it’s impossible to do the workouts with a food hangover.
I’m 5’6″, (started P90X at) 183 lbs, and 35 yrs old. I started working out in 2001 at 280 lbs, and I plateaued at about 175 in 2007. I learned to be committed to diet and exercise by letting the process take time / be slow–my gung ho phases were not sustainable. I have ridiculously good cardiovascular health and stamina, (from doing almost entirely cardio workouts 4-7 days a week for 9 years, and I’m a singer.) I joined him in P90X for three reasons: 1) I’d love to be stronger, but I’m too lazy to lift weights by myself. 2) I realize that muscle gain may break my weight loss plateau. 3) My inspiration for exercise was flagging. I am significantly stronger now, have visibly lost fat and gained muscle, and I’ve lost about 3 lbs on the scale. I have not re-measured yet, but I’m scheduled to re-measure tomorrow. Diet-wise, I’ve been doing the same thing for a decade: I try to limit my intake to between 1600-1800 a day (but I usually I only succeed about 50% of the time–I am a textbook compulsive eater,) and I try to make sure not more than 35% of my calories come from fat. Beyond that, I have not been measuring / restraining the specifics of my food intake.
Because he is concerned about the process moving ahead quickly, he is now expressing an interest in checking out / following the diet guide. I had skimmed it and already decided that it recommends too many calories for me to lose weight. I am big-boned and big-muscled and traditionally have a very slow metabolism. His metabolism is silly fast, and his pre-injury physique was pretty scrappy. I would like to follow a simple formula, like the figures you’ve recommended to people throughout the above posts: a total number of calories for my gender / height / body weight and a content ratio, (although accomplishing the ratio will involve learning new ways to count my food….) I think I could do that alongside him whether he decides to follow the P90X diet or not.
What I’m hoping you’ll respond with are numbers.
For me: I do not want to lower my calorie intake to a level that will promote the fastest possible weight loss, because I know I simply will not sustain that. But I could work with a range, like, here’s the lowest number for fast weight loss on P90X and here’s the highest number for gradual weight loss on P90X. I am aiming for 140-150 lbs as a maintenance weight (a 30-40 lb loss, I really am big-boned!, I probably look 160 now), and I’m not going to cry if it takes another year to get there. I’ve been on this road for a long time.
For him: He wants the weight loss and visible toning to accelerate, but he is not accustomed to restricting his eating, so something very stringent and restrictive may end up being a blocker.
We’ve already discussed doing the (exercise) program twice in a row and in some sort of maintenance capacity after that.
Thanks in advance for your input.
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