30 Day Shred really is pure cardio. The way she does her strength, it's not challenging enough to qualify, and since you're mixing it in with cardio, you're not getting the full benefit. If you want the full benefit, an actual, challenging strength-training program is far more beneficial. If you do nothing but cardio, (i.e. all you do is 30DS) then as much as 25% of your weight loss can come from lean muscle tissue, resulting in what's unfondly known as "skinny fat", where you have a low number on the scale but a high body fat percentage.
There's a few things to understand here.
1) If you are losing inches, you are losing fat. The scale is not necessarily the best measure of progress you may have. This is doubly true when you start an exercise program to lose weight. Water retention from intense exercise can mask weight loss, but that doesn't mean it's not coming off. If you are losing inches? You are making measurable progress.
2) This is not a fast process. The less you have to lose, the slower it will come off. Time-based goals are most likely to leave you frustrated because the body doesn't respond well to rush jobs. A safe weekly weight loss goal for your size is about 1 lb - 1.5 lb per week. Faster than that, you're going to hurt yourself, and risk gaining it all back and then some (the way most people do.)
3) It can take as much as 6-8 weeks for healthy lifestyle changes to show up on the scale.
4) Weight loss is primarily about the food you eat. Exercise is a complement that makes the process easier, but contrary to popular belief, your focus needs to be on your eating. Eating too little while working out too much, for example, can sabotage your efforts and slow you down.
The most important thing you can do is to get scale and measure your food. It's still possible to overeat on healthy things, and the vast majority of us cannot accurately estimate how much we are actually eating.
One thing that can help us is if you share your nutrition and fitness trackers. We can provide specific tips on your program based on what you're actually doing.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 7/25/2013 (10:08)
Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
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