Hi Jackie, First I’d like to challenge you on …
Hi Jackie, First I’d like to challenge you onOct 2nd, 2010 | By Nancy Andrews | Category:
Comment posted If I want to lose weight, should I do the ‘Classic’ or ‘Lean’ P90X routines? by Coach Nancy.
First I’d like to challenge you on the weight loss targets. If you think about it, focusing on weight only is short sighted. What are your real goals? I’m guessing if you answer that honestly, it’s not a number on a scale but how your body looks. Where I’m going with all of this is that what most women really want is to remodel how their body looks. We want to lose fat but don’t we also want our booties to be high and tight? Don’t we want lean, ripped abs? Weight loss does not get us there. Fat loss coupled with lean muscle gains does.
So if you can agree with that, then Classic is the way to go because you do far more resistance training which will add lean mass in all the right places. And research now shows that the metabolic lift you get from resistance training lasts almost 2 days while all you get with cardio is a metabolic uplift for a few hours. Finally research also shows that the amount of fat burned from weight lifting is far more post workout than what you get from cardio. It’s not what you burn while you exercise, it’s the metabolic impacts post exercise that matter most. In the end resistance training can both add lean mass and burn fat.
Moreover, I would not overdo the cardio. Too much cardio is just going to be counter productive to the end goal of adding lean mass while you burn fat. Too much cardio ends up raising your cortisol levels which then tends to eat away at your lean mass. Moreover, chronically elevated cortisol levels can raise your blood sugar levels which then causes your body to product insulin to bring your blood sugar levels down and that can put a quick halt to any fat burning and throw you into a fat storage mode.
So is your goal attainable? Forget the weight loss goal and set one that is body composition related. Switch to Classic and be sure to eat right (the P90X nutrition guide is all wrong for women, please see my article at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/06/my-p90x-diet/) and you can have the body you really want by January.
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