Stop the Insanity! My Take on the Insanity Workout.By
I know I have been quite remiss in updating my fitness blog but thought I would catch it back up now. I kind of fizzled out after a couple of weeks of Insanity.
I ordered my Insanity workout and was excited to get started. I went through the nutrition guide and figured out my meals, calories etc. I liked that it incorporated a lot more carbs than P90X. I was really shocked to see how many calories they recommended me to eat. For Step 1, they used the Harris Benedict Equation which for women is 655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years). This calculates the basal engery needs which is basically how many calories you need to maintain your current weight without exercise. For me it was 1715, which seemed like a lot to me. For Step 2, you take the number from the Harris Benedict Equation and multiply it by the “exercise factor” which they assured me would be moderately active to very active while doing Insanity. I picked moderately active (1.55) just to be on the safe side. Step 3 is taking the number from Step 2 and subtracting 500 calories for weight loss.
Here is what I ended up with: 1715 x 1.55 = 2658 – 500 = 2158 the magic number of calories I was supposed to eat every day.
Now I don’t think I’ve ever consistently eaten over 2,000 calories a day in my life, but this sure sounded good to me. Carbs and more calories woo hoo! They made it sound like I would just burn hundreds and hundreds of calories doing the Insanity workouts.
I started out happily on week one eating meals specified in the meal guide. It seemed like a lot of food but they must know what they are doing right? I did the workouts religiously, they were tough but I made it though them ok. I figured P90X helped me get in shape for them.
Then came weigh day for week one. I gained 1.5 pounds! How could this be?! I recalculated everything to make sure I hadn’t miscalculated the calories, but I hadn’t. I decided to be extra religious on the food for week 2. Weigh day for week two was even worse, I gained 2 pounds! The horror! I was extremely upset to gain 3.5 pounds in two weeks after working so hard to lose weight doing P90X. I decided then and there to abandon Insanity and go back to P90X. I was totally disgusted.
In hindsight, I should have known something was wrong with eating that many calories and carbs. I think they totally over-calculate how many calories are being burned on the workouts. If I had used a heart rate monitor, I would have known how many calories I was actually burning. I have since invested in a good heart rate monitor. Perhaps I will try Insanity again but eat a lot less calories and also use the heart rate monitor so I will know how many calories are being burned.
The moral of the story: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.