Hi Nancy – Just stumbled upon your site. …
Hi Nancy – Just stumbled upon your site.Oct 2nd, 2010 | By Nancy Andrews | Category:
Comment posted If I want to lose weight, should I do the ‘Classic’ or ‘Lean’ P90X routines? by Ddawn.
Hi Nancy – Just stumbled upon your site. I’m impressed with the amount of info here, and I like your approach!
I am a 37 yo female about to complete my first round of P90X Lean. Stats: Ht 6′, wt 160#, bf approx 30-ish% depending on measurement technique. Athletic background of outdoor sports as well as weight training and yoga to varying degrees of seriousness in the past. Over the last few years I’ve put on 15-20# due to less activity and a stressful work situation. I decided to do P90X Lean b/c it seemed less intimidating schedule-wise and would allow me to still do some of my outdoor activities (rock climbing, biking, etc) without being wrecked. I am now in week 11 of 13, and unfortunately my stats (including measurements) have really not changed. I’m a bit disappointed, but I have noticed gains in my fitness; ie, I can do more push-ups, more Dreya Rolls, use heavier weights, in general feel fitter and like I’m getting back a good base of fitness.
I am still feeling positive despite the lack of results because I am realize I have some things working against my fat loss goals – I work a lot of hours, sometimes involving alternating night/day shift-work with fragmented sleep, I only average about 7 hrs, and my diet isn’t always perfect. For the most part I eat paleo low carb 1800-2200 cal/day with at least 160g protein/day. My normal macronutrient ratio is 40% pro/40% fat/20% carbs. But I have a stressful job and am prone to emotional/stress eating, which occurs more frequently than I’d like… instead of one “cheat” meal it usually turns into two-three per week, and it’s usually sugary/fatty stuff like baked goods/candy… those days needless to say are usually higher carbs and calories. I know, I need to work on this!
Anyway, the reason I’m giving all this background info is that I would like to figure out what to do next. I am considering P90X Classic, Insanity, or a hybrid of each. Needless to say, my goal is primarily to lose fat. Would like to get down around 20% bf where I used to be. Any advice about which program I should try, given the information above? I have really enjoyed the P90X workouts, but I don’t want to stagnate or stall fat loss any more than I already have. I have heard that Insanity is good for fat loss, but I’m concerned that it will be too stressful on my body given my already chronically elevated cortisol situation and lack of ability to really optimize my sleep and recovery time. That’s not goo for fat loss either! Alternatively, I could combine the two… I look forward to hearing your opinion. Thank you!!
Ddawn also commented
- Nancy –
Thank you so much for your thoughtful response. That was exactly what I needed to hear. I like your direct approach. I just requested that BeachBody change my coach to you (I have never used the one assigned to me).
Your answer about how to direct my future workouts was kind of what I expected, so I’m psyched to start your plan!
Regarding the food, I am very motivated to try your technique of strict 1600 cal 6 days/week with the one higher-cal day. I am hoping that having that “cheat” day will help me to turn down the “cheat” foods when they appear on other days, and I will do some hard thinking about healthy substitutions for comfort foods when I need them. I had been trying to be strict paleo so no dairy, no whey, low fruit… but I have been eating lots of fat and lots of nuts, which I don’t think is helping me at all. I feel deprived (have a sweet tooth) but still eat too high of cal due to all the fat!
I am going to add whey protein back to my diet (around workouts), which will help with the sweet tooth but still provide good protein. There are lots of concoctions you can make with whey that taste dessert-like, as your mentioned. You are right, I only eat grains as a cheat. I’m going to try to cut my fat down and do 40/30/30 ratios at least… I think not eating grains will make 40/40/20 hard but I’ll strive for that. I will limit my fruit to 1-2 servings/day and no other dairy (except on cheat days!).
I do already take melatonin, which helps. Normally my sleep quality is good when I’m not on call in the hospital. I will watch my cardio amounts to keep the stress as low as I can and keep increasing my weights. I wish I had found your site sooner b/c I feel like I’ve wasted some time, but it’s all been a positive learning experience. I really appreciate your advice and look forward to implementing these changes! I’ve joined your forum and want to get on your newsletter list too.
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