Struggling with Insanity Weight Loss?
If you are doing the program, sweating your brains out, getting your high knees higher and cursing out the power jumps then you are expecting huge numbers in your Insanity weight loss. Shoot, I’ve expected to see a noticeable difference in my body after just one or two workouts since they are so crazy and I’m working so hard. BUT, it doesn’t always happen. I get a lot of messages from people, mostly females, working hard and boggled as to why the scale isn’t budging. Let’s figure out how to get your Insanity weight loss on track!
Insanity Weight Loss vs. You
It’s not a lost cause! If you are doing the Insanity workout or any workout, for that matter, I do want to encourage you, first, to not let the scale run your life, dictate your happiness, control your mind! It’s JUST a scale. And the beauty of a scale is that nobody even sees the number on it except you (and maybe your doctor)! Change your thought process. If you are losing inches or if your clothes are fitting better and you are FEELING better, why do you still let the scale showing no weight loss with Insanity bother you? Retrain the brain! But, I am still here to give you some ideas on why your average weight loss for Insanity isn’t up to par.
Why the Scale Might Not Be Moving for the Females
Chalene Johnson, creator of Turbofire and Turbojam, said it best. Here is her explanation for no immediate Insanity weight loss:
When someone starts a new exercise program, they often experience muscle soreness. The more intense and “unfamiliar” the program, the more intense the muscle soreness. In the first few weeks of a new program, soreness is the body trying to “protect and defend” the effected or targeted tissue. This type of soreness is thought to be caused by tissue breakdown or microscopic tears in muscle tissue. When this happens the body protects the tissue. The muscle becomes inflamed and slightly swollen with fluid retention. This temporary retention of fluid can result in a 3- to 4-pound weight gain within a few weeks of a new program. Keep in mind that muscle soreness is not necessarily a reflection of how hard you worked. In fact, some people feel no signs of muscle soreness, yet will experience the muscle protection mechanisms of water retention and slight swelling.
Most people are motivated enough to put up with this temporary muscle soreness. Yet, many, especially those who really need immediate weight loss to keep them motivated in those first couple of weeks become discouraged and quit!
When I worked with a group of 70 test participants during the development stages of ChaLEAN Extreme, this happened. Who was the most upset and discouraged? You guessed it… the women! I’m happy to report with absolutely every single woman (and man) in our group, the weight increase was temporary and never lasted more than 2 weeks before they started to see a major drop in the scale. However, these people had the advantage of working with someone who was able to explain to them why this was happening and assure them the weight would come off if they stuck to the nutrition plan and stayed true to the program.
My own personal example of this is running 10K’s. I don’t do it very often, maybe 1 or 2x a year. Even though I run on a regular basis, when you run a race you push much harder. It’s natural for me to be “insanely” sore the next day. Its also very common for me to see the scale jump 4 pounds the next day from forcing fluids post race. Even though I know the cause of it, it’s still a bummer. We’re all human and hard work should mean “results”. Hard work equals results, but our bodies are amazing machines and they know how to protect us from hurting our selves. Soreness forces you to give those muscles a break. Ultimately you will lose the weight and you will change your metabolism in the process.
The key is understanding that this is a normal and temporary and stick with the program!! (this means YOU– all of you wanting some Shaun T Insanity Weight Loss!)
When to be concerned:
If you experience a significant weight gain (exceeding 5 pounds) which does not begin to decrease rapidly after the second week, guess what it is??? I’ll give you one hint… you put it in your mouth and chew it. You know it! Your food (or calorie laden beverages). Newsflash friends.. exercise doesn’t make you gain weight. Consuming more food than you burn makes you gain weight!
So if after two weeks you are not losing weight, have gained weight that’s not coming off, it’s time to take a close and honest look at your food intake. It’s time to find out what you’re burning in calories each day. Knowledge is king.
Moral of the story: Be patient young grasshopper. You’ll be lean and mean in no time!
The Insanity weight loss is ON ITS WAY and you are becoming a CHAMPION in the process!
Digging Deeper, Jessica Bowser Nelson