Joined June 2009
Weight History

Start Weight
147.0 lb
Lost so far: 4.0 lb

Current Weight
143.0 lb
Performance: Steady

Goal Weight
147.0 lb
Still to go: 4.0 lb
I'm 45 years old, and airline pilot for Jetblue Airways, and a Team Beachbody Coach. At 40 years old I had outgrown my size 34 pants, and refused to buy 36's. I've exercised regularly since 1984, but bad diet and lack of intensity and duration lead to an increasing body fat with my age. I was desperate to find a way to stop the expanding gut when I found P90X. The program changed my life, gave me the tools to know how much I needed to eat, how often, and what kinds of foods, along with an intense exercise program. Following that program I dropped from 170 lbs down to 145 in 90 days, have gotten as low as 138 but was too skinny. Since then I have added 8 lbs of muscle to my upper body while keeping my body fat around 6-7%.

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I just can't get into eating the morning
Nimm wrote:

Muscle protein catabolism for gluconeogenesis isn't the preferred pathway. This is what glycogen is for, after all. As glycogen is depleted - which depends in part on the size of your calorie deficit, activity level, and dietary carbohydrate - then muscle protein catabolism is a concern. It will generally take at least a couple of days to get to that point, however.

Excellent response, and I agree with your points. For me, in my own experience, I see muscle catabolism, or at least a high risk for it, in people who do intense workouts first thing in the morning without putting any food in their system. Since they're coming off of an 8 hour fast (if they get the recommended amount of sleep) at the least, then their body has nothing with which to replenish blood sugars as they start to get depleted in an intense workout (the workouts I do, P90X, Insanity, Asylum, Body Beast, etc. are all intense and become anaerobic quickly). So for that reason alone I always suggest people eat at least a little something to prime their body to burn fat stores instead of just kicking themselves into a low blood sugar state and risking catabolism of muscle tissue.

And yes, I do consider putting yourself in a state where you are burning muscle instead of the preferred fat stores, for energy, to be "starvation mode."
posted 04 Aug 2012, 02:50
I just can't get into eating the morning
Shari22 wrote:
I totally agree, If Starvation Stuff were true why do anerexics continue to loose weight??? No matter what diet you are on if you eat less than you burn you will loose weight. It amazes me when people say they cannot loose.

Anorexics lose weight because they burn off muscle instead of fat. It's possible to be thin and still be obese because of your body fat percentage.

Folks, Starvation Mode is not a myth, there is plenty of documentation that by pushing yourself hard on an empty stomach you begin to catabolize your muscles instead of your fat stores. I've had conversations with some VERY smart people about this.

That's not to say that skipping breakfast causes this inherently..the biggest cause of being catabolic is getting to low blood sugar without anything in your body's gas tank for it to feed off of. Your body basically knows when there is no food in the system to digest and if you throw a really hard workout at it in that circumstance your blood sugar stores are threatened. Blood sugar are the only stores that your brain cells can live off of, and your brain knows that, so it reaches for the fastest source of sugars in your body: Muscle.

If you have just a little something caloric in your system before working out, it tells your body you are getting close to being empty and to start metabolizing fat cells. In other words your body has time to prep for being out of gas. No time to prep for it..panic for your brain cells... catabolize muscle for sugar. That's starvation mode.

Again, am I saying not eating breakfast causes this? No. Not eating breakfast and doing an intense workout on an empty stomach can cause this. Drastic undereating for an extended period causes this. I've seen it a lot; people think a little calorie deficit is good, so a huge one must be great. Their weight loss stalls, and then they start eating enough, and the weight starts to drop off.
posted 03 Aug 2012, 17:18
Insanity is a really really hard program, but it does teach you something about yourself when you're through the workouts. You KNOW you got through a challenge every day when you're finished.

Keep up the awesome work!
posted 03 Aug 2012, 17:09
DO NOT DO ATKINS AND INSANITY TOGETHER!!! Insanity has a nutrition guide geared specifically for it, and it's a 40% carb, 40% protein, 20% fat split for a reason.

You WILL get into glycogen depletion doing Insanity, and without carbs the only way to replenish those will be by breaking down your muscles for instant sugars.

If you want the results Insanity promises, follow the directions to a T, including exactly what the Elite Nutrition Guide outlines. That's what Beachbody does with the testgroups: feeds them exactly what the meal plan says, and lets the results speak for themselves.

Shoot me a message if you have any other questions about it. I've been through Insanity on its own twice, Asylum once, and 10 rounds of P90X. I might be able to help you get where you want to go.

posted 03 Aug 2012, 03:38
Why can't I lose weight
Susie Q1234 wrote:
I have been dieting for about 6 weeks but haven't been losing much. I started out at 131 lbs. and I am now at 129 lbs. I watch calories, fats and proteins with an average of 1000 calories day. I go to the gym 3-5 times a week. What more can I do?

If you're hitting it HARD at the gym, then you may be under eating. Many people think that if they cut their calories back far enough for long enough they'll lose weight, and that's true, but cut back too far and you become catabolic, burning muscle instead of fat.

If you're doing intense workouts 5 times per week you probably need a minimum of 1400-1500 calories per day. If your workouts are moderate then 1200 will probably do. Try letting your calories fluctuate in a range around there and see what happens.

Then keep in mind that weight loss takes time, especially for women. Tony Horton, creator of P90X, has been known to say, "Women have to work twice as hard, for twice as long, as men to get the same results."
posted 03 Aug 2012, 03:35
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