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WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/25/13 2:20 P

No one sees the number on the scale. If you're losing to fit into a dress or even just look better at a wedding this fall, isn't losing inches ultimately your goal?

Or do you plan to carry the scale around with you and show everyone that number?

CUDA440 SparkPoints: (85,707)
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7/25/13 12:08 P

You need both Strength and cardio.
I don't have the 30DS, but I do have other Jillian workouts. I have made sure that I know when I need to up my weights for her workouts so that I can get a good workout. I am up to 8 and 12 pound weights.
1 DVD for the next 5 months is not going to work. You will need to mix things up. So you may want to look at other DVDs to add to your weekly routine. If you LIKE Jillian's, then try some of her other ones. Like Banish fat boost metabolism - 45 min (no weights) or No more trouble zones - 45 min (with weights), or ripped in 30 will give you 4 - 30 min workouts to pick from.
If you want more intense workouts check out Bob Harpers DVD's. They are usually an hour long and use weights and cardio mix. his site usually has them marked down to around $5 each.


JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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7/25/13 10:59 A

Don't follow any dvd for strength training. Lift heavy (put down the 5-20 lbs pastel Barbie weights), low reps to muscle fatigue and do compound exercises; deadlifts, lunges, squats, pull ups, push ups, rows, bench and overhead presses, planks, leg lifts, swiss ball crunches, etc... it shouldn't be a "race", it's about control, form and strength.

That said; I do circuit training videos for endurance and hey, because I find them fun but they do not substitute my regular strength training program.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/25/2013 (11:05)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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7/25/13 10:58 A

30 DS is fine for cardio; you just need a decent strength program that's separate from it. Sparkpeople's workout generator (under the fitness section) is a great place to start!

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7/25/13 10:14 A

So do you think Insanity would be a better exercise program? If not what.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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7/25/13 10:05 A

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)
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7/25/13 9:51 A

I have been doing 30 day shred for about 2 weeks now. For those of you that don't know it mixes cardio and strength daily. I have read online and also have noticed that losing weight with those program is not very fast. You lose more inches than weight.

I have about 40 pounds to lose and really want to lose quickly since I am in wedding in December.

My question is should I stick with the DVD's that mix cardio and strength or do pure cardio to maximize weightloss. I am really at a loss of what to do but it is very discouraging when the scale is not moving and I know my food is right on.


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