Hi Dawn, Thanks for stopping by. OK you …
Hi Dawn, Thanks for stopping by. OK youOct 2nd, 2010 | By Nancy Andrews | Category:
Comment posted on If I want to lose weight, should I do the ‘Classic’ or ‘Lean’ P90X routines? by Coach Nancy
Thanks for stopping by. OK you are clearly an intelligent woman but as regards your body, you are ignoring the obvious. Don’t take this the wrong way, this is very common with women. So let’s start…
First, only you can control your eating. I mean just don’t start with the fatty, sugary carbs if you can’t stop. I get the compulsion factor once you start, I suffer the same myself. That’s why having 1 cheat day a week is so great. You can allow yourself to open up to the compulsion and eat as much as you want. I’ve been know to eat amazing quantities of food on my cheat day with things like over sized crumb cake muffins, an entire box of mac & cheese, butter on Ritz crackers and more. But when the day is done, so am I. To be honest, by the time the day is done, I’m feeling so bloated and sluggish, I look forward to eating right for the rest of the week.
Moreover, what you need to do is to substitute good foods you really enjoy for those you are eating now that are bad for you. For me, a half cup of Oikos brand 0% fat organic Greek yogurt mixed with some Truvia (stevia sweetner) and vanilla extract is really yummy. And it has no fat, very few carbs (about 4 grams) but has a nice serving of protein (12 grams). I love fresh berries. I make a chocolate protein pudding. My list goes on but the point is that you need to develop your own list of foods you get comfort and satisfaction from that won’t work against you. You say you are eating Paleo so I assume you’ve ditched grain products and dairy from your diet? If you haven’t, do so. Typically though if one is eating Paleo, you would not get 40% of your calories from carbs. It would be quite difficult unless you are eating a lot of sugary fruit which you need to dump.
Next, Lean is all wrong – especially given your other exercising. And Insanity will make things worse. Do the resistance and yoga workouts from P90X and do your other activities and that’s it. So in total you should aim for 3 resistance workouts where you lift heavy in the 8 – 10 range (don’t listen to Tony suggestions that women can lift less heavy and do more reps – that’s not going to provide the stimulus you need), do 1 yoga workout and 2 – 3 cardio workouts each week. Doing more does not produce greater results, it produces less results. Sounds like you may have chronically elevated cortisol levels (the stress hormone). That won’t respond well to more cardio than what I’ve listed. Doing Insanity given where you are at right now would be insane. Don’t do it. Once you get your hormones balanced, lose the fat and increase your muscle mass, you could then consider it. Insanity is a program for really fit people. It is not a good fat loss program for most people (despite what they say on the infomercial). Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun and a challenge (I do a few workouts from time to time) but it’s just not right for you right now.
Getting 7 hours of sleep is plenty if it’s good sleep. If you are not getting good sleep, consider adding some Melatonin, 5-htp and/or GABA provided you are not on medication for depression. If you are, you’d need to run these ideas past your doctor to make sure there would not be any interaction with your medication.
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