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February 17, 2011 3:41 PM
did anyone here do the insanity and not follow the guide and still get good results? I haven't been following it, I'm on my 4th week of insanity and haven't seen results and finally today Ive decided to follow the nutrition guide... I am hoping this was the problem and will start seeing results now. Has anyone else had this problem?
February 17, 2011 3:47 PM
I can't even tell you how many people I know who just did the workouts, but didn't follow the guide and were disappointed with their results. Nutrition is 90% of the whole thing! It's really important - I've been saying this for years now, but only recently did I finally understand how much you really have to eat to fuel the beast! I'm up to 3,000 calories and still losing weight (actually to my dismay...)

February 17, 2011 3:47 PM
I have eaten a few things from the book, but not too many (besides the protein shakes and tuna salad in a tomato thing) Just many of the recipes aren't meals I would eat.

I just completed week 4 and I started at 141.8lbs and am now down to 133.4 (on doctors scale) /135 (on my home scale) I should be starting Recovery Week, but was getting bored with Insanity so doing TurboFire for a week before moving onto either doing Insanity Month 1-don't think I am ready for Month 2 yet
February 17, 2011 3:51 PM
I have been doing the Insanity workouts and not following the food guide. I have been combining the workouts with 30 day shred as well, and have lost 10lbs so far.
I started with just Insanity but hit a plateau after about 3 weeks hence adding the 30DS.

As long as you eat healthy and sensibly I think you will still loose or even tone up using the Insanity DVD

February 17, 2011 3:51 PM
I don't follow the guides that come with Insanity or P90X. I don't like the way they're written. Basically if you follow a clean eating meal plan, you're doing what they tried to explain to you - only whoever wrote their guides sucks.
February 17, 2011 3:53 PM
I haven't tried that. Just following the nutrition guide and trying to exceed my daily protein intake by 20 percent. It really works for me. I'm trying to gain some weight... Insulin spikes is the enemy! When insulin is spiked no fat burn will happen. Keep your sugars down low and you'll lose weight.
February 17, 2011 4:49 PM
I am on week 5, and I didn't have but one pound drop until the 4th week! I have read that many don't se changes till month 2! I know how you feel we want to see pounds come of with all that hard work! About the nutrition guide I just started after week 3 eating closer to the meal selections! So far it's been good and it's not hard tO follow Idk why I didn't just start with it!!
February 17, 2011 4:50 PM
You don't need to follow it but you do need to use their calculation in the guide to get the calorie load you need. It tells you subtract 500 for weight loss.
February 17, 2011 4:52 PM
My husband just does the workouts..I havent started on insanity yet, because im still on turbo fire-but honestly, every beachbody work out I do, I skim through the nutrition guides for pointers and then go on my own a bit. Insanity has a great one though (reasonable food-not too expensive) so if I HAD to pick on to follow, it would definitely be that!
February 17, 2011 4:54 PM
I have finished week 7, I ate clean (not to their guide), and I didnt lose a pound. I feel more toned, and I can start to see my abs, but other than that...nothing :)
February 17, 2011 4:56 PM
Insanity is going to change your body composition. If you are at maintenance calories with insanity you won't lose weight , maybe gain some, but you'll have less fat and a little more muscle on your frame.
February 17, 2011 5:04 PM
thanks for the pointer everyone! i just have to be patient i just see all these people online that have had great results with in 60 days and expect the same but i have to face it everyones body is different! i will cont. to be patient i know its working because something new is always soar in my body and i am already on week 4 so it must be working somehow..
February 17, 2011 5:04 PM
I have finished the first month of Insanity and decided to take this week off before starting the recovery and second month. I did not follow the nutrition guide, but I followed the calorie and nutrition count from MFP and have already lost 13 lbs and 4.5 inches off my waist alone. I think if you control your portion sizes, then you should be fine.
February 18, 2011 2:42 PM
I don't really follow it. Or actually I can't really follow it since I am vegetarian. I looked it for reference and see what things I can substitute and still follow the nutrition guide a little bit. I am just trying to eat the calories that MFP gave me and eat back some of the exercise calories. It seems like it's working though. Although I think I can do better with the eating. So I am trying to work on that.
I have lost about 2 lbs this week though. But I want to work on eating better and see if I can lose more.
Edited by pragya728 On February 18, 2011 3:19 PM
March 12, 2012 11:01 AM
We just finished week one.. about to go into week two and we are sticking to the diet... week one I lost 0 pounds, my husband lost 5.... we will see what happens.. I keep you posted.
March 12, 2012 11:36 AM
The guides never helped me. The best info I've found is here
March 12, 2012 11:40 AM
With Insanity, use your measurements as your guide. As for the nutrition guide, I never used it, but ate sensible. I lost about 16 lbs the first month.
March 12, 2012 12:01 PM
I just finished month 1 and on recovery week now. I've lost 5 pounds and 5 inches since I started the program.
April 2, 2012 9:03 AM
I am going to start the workout today......I have A LOT of weight to lose so im hoping this will help me and tone me up. I have been fat for far to long and it is time for a change.
Does anyone have any advice for me just beginning? I probably won't follow the meal plan but will stay to the recommended calories.


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April 2, 2012 9:06 AM
I just finished month 1 of Insanity. I didn't follow the nutrition guide, just counted calories on MFP. I lost 9lbs and a total of 15 inches of body fat all over. After a month you should see either some toning or weight loss. You may not be eating enough calories as the workouts are pretty intense?
April 2, 2012 10:05 AM
You don't have to follow the FOOD they list in the guide, those are just ideas for meals. You do need to follow the calorie count though-and you can do that along with MFP. Thats what I do. I cook far more than the nutrition guide calls for but they are trying to keep it simple.

I thought the P90X guide was designed & explained horribly! This one is much better.

Eat 5x per day and reach your caloric goal based on the formula & get your workouts done-you'll do great!
April 20, 2012 7:14 AM
I just finished month 1 of Insanity. I didn't follow the nutrition guide, just counted calories on MFP. I lost 9lbs and a total of 15 inches of body fat all over. After a month you should see either some toning or weight loss. You may not be eating enough calories as the workouts are pretty intense?

How many calories were you eating while doing Insanity. I am thinking about starting insanity but it says i have to eat 2050.34 cal/day and 410.068 per meal, using Harris Benedict Equation. I am scared to even try and eat that much.
April 23, 2012 10:10 AM
I just finished month 1 of insanity and starting the recovery week today. when i first started i wasn't following the nutrition guide and found out i wasn't eating "ENOUGH" but still lost 3lbs. between week 3 and 4 of the first month, i started following the nutrition guide and began eating just about 2300 calories per/day and lost 3lbs in less than a week. I was a little hesitant thinking thats a lot to be eating, but since the workouts are so rigorous, it burns it away anyways. if you can just base a lot of what u eat off of Michis ladder in tier 1 and 2 without following a specific meal plan, you should be fine that way
April 25, 2012 8:08 AM
does anyone know approx. how many calories are burned during and average insanity workout? I havent started yet but getting ready to.
April 25, 2012 8:16 AM
I've done both. The first time I did it I followed strictly to the work out plan and the nutrition guide and lost 15lbs (after losing 15 doing P90X) after that I did a round where I wasn't sticking completely with the plan or nutrition and didn't see the results. They tell you that it's a commitment. You have to commit to the schedule, the time, and the nutrition. With Insanity I will agree that at least 80% of it is nutrition. And you need to eat clean but eat more calories than you'd think. When I did it and was losing good I ate strict but I ate almost 1900 calories a day. And for a 5 foot woman that seems like a lot to me!


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