I just completed my week 2 of Insanity and I'm in LOVE with the program. I had to make a challenging decision after the first week based on my health and fitness goals. The bottom line is I want to have a lower body fat percentage. Based on this chart by the ACE (American Council of Exercise),
my body fat of 28% (I got it checked by a trainer at the gym) is within the "average" range but I want to be in the "fitness" range of 21-24%. I know I can do it with the right program for ME. And right now, Insanity is that program. The challenge I had earlier in the week was whether to continue with Insanity or not. I debated this because I kept reading that Insanity is not a "weight loss program". Many people actually GAIN weight even though they LOOKED leaner while following the program. The reason for this is that since Insanity is a super high intensity program, you need to fuel your workouts properly. This means it's hard to create the caloric deficit needed to loose "weight" - after all, the ONLY way to loose weight/fat is to create a caloric deficit - and with Insanity, it is hard to create that deficit through food alone (more on this later).
And of course, I thought if I'm not creating that caloric deficit through eating less, I won't lose weight and I want to lose weight. But you see, I was not accounting for the caloric deficit being created by virtue of my workouts. Those workouts burn a substantial amount of calories and that counts toward my 500 calories a day deficit needed for 1 pound of weight loss a week. After reaching out to so many people whose opinions I value, I decided to stick with Insanity and I'm so glad I did because I FEEL.SO.GOOD after my workouts that my intuition tells me there is everything right with that even when the scale is not moving as I wish it to.
It is therefore important to use not only the scale but also other metrics to measure success: i.e. measurements, body fat percentage, how I look in the mirror etc
- I lost 3 pounds in 2 weeks: 179 - 176
- I LOOK a little bit leaner :)
- I FEEL stronger
- Clothes FIT better
- I'm HAPPIER
TAKEAWAYS for next week:
- Protein shake after my workouts for optimum recovery
- create and maintain a moderate caloric deficit (through workout and diet)
- research and invest in a good Heart Rate Monitor
- PUSH myself HARDER!
- and have FUN
I hope that you enjoyed the post and if you are debating whether you should do Insanity or not, do your research and assess your fitness level and go for it!