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Old 01-13-2014, 01:30 PM   #1
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Insanity and Low Carb. (induction)

I am contemplating starting the Insanity program again only this time I am low carbing. I just started and I don't want to overdo it. This is my first go round with low carbing and adding exercise. Last time I lost 30 pounds without exercise. Just LC. Did good. but 10 pounds have come back. Im ready to do the next 20-30 pounds.

I have a friend who insists that working out with a program like Insanity requires me to eat carbs. I just know my body will not lose if Im eating carbs. I can eat carbs all i want and maintain if Im exercising (i gained back 10 from almost a year of no exercise) but losing…..no way.

What do you guys think of an intense workout program like Insanity and a LC way of eating……induction phase.
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:08 PM   #2
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Hey come back! I found this on another thread in the forum: What Tom Venuto of Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle & Fit over 40 says about adding carbs back into your diet:
Question: I can't wait to start.
I have a problem though: I am currently on a very low carb diet
(up to 40-50 grams of carb a day, only from vegetables and nuts
and seeds- NO fruit or starches or sugar). I've been following this diet for a year:

Answer Editted) However, most people are much better off in the long run
by exercising more and eating more carbs - not necesarily a
"high carb" diet, but at least a balanced diet with a moderate
carb intake.

If you do choose to go on a low carb regimen, there is a much
better and healthier way to do it than to simply keep a strict
cap on carbs all the time.

A far more effective approach is the BURN THE FAT method of
"Carb Cycling."

I would recommend you stay on your low carbs for 3 days and
then take a "re-feed" or "carb up" day every 4th day which
contains more carbs and more calories.

The 4th day on increased carbs will NOT cause fat storage, it
will increase your metabolic rate, help prevent you from going
into "starvation mode" and restore glycogen levels so you'll
feel more energetic. Your body will literally "soak" those
carbs right up, especially with the cardio and weight
training put back into the picture.

You can then gradually increase the amount of carbs on your
low carb days, so your low carb days are more like "moderate
carb days."

It's important not to increase carbs suddenly if you've
been on low carbs a long time. Do it slowly. Be smart
about choosing your carbohydrate sources - focus on natural
carbs -- stay away from processed carbs and white flour/sugar
at least 90% of the time. "Carbs" aren't the enemy - processed,
man made foods are!

And by all means, keep the exercise as a part of your life --
Always -- for the rest of your life.

Remember, strict dieting is the WORST way to los e fat.
BURN THE FAT, don't starve it!

Tom Venuto

PS For any Burn The Fat newsletter readers who don't have the
Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle ebook yet, the carb cycling method
is described in great detail in chapter 12. You can use this to
wean yourself off strict low carb diets. It's a much more sensible
way to do the "low carb thang" (This is the EXACT method I use to
diet for competitions and it's very easy to transition off of it
safely with out rebound weight gain.)
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:12 PM   #3
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The sub-folder is off the main forums board. The thread where i found that was called "adding the carbs back in" or something like that. That's kind of what I said was working for me, so i'm thrilled I wasn't making that up!

Secondly, there's a thread over there called "high intensity muscle training" and there's som tips and advice over there. A lot of people doing P-90X...i don't really know either that or insanity but i know they're both big, so maybe the information will be useful to you as well.
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:25 PM   #4
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oh thank you!
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:28 PM   #5
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High Intensity exercise seems to get me into ketosis very fast and also helps me drop the initial water weight. After that my weight loss stops. I too lost a lot of weight without exercise the first time around (77lbs). This time however I've added in exercise and haven't lost any fat or inches. Just water weight.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:07 AM   #6
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I have done the Insanity workouts and being that they are only about 40 minutes long you should not have any issues. If you are new to Low-Carb it might be a little difficult at first but over time your body will adjust to the new demands.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:07 PM   #7
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I'm doing insanity now. I actually started induction while half way through month 1 (I have already done insanity twice in the past, last summer).

Honestly, the first couple days was tough to get through. I just thought "I'll push play and do my best." which is what I did. Not my best workouts but not unsafe. I kept my water intake high and rode it out. Now a week into induction feel great again and I feel it's helping me keep the water bloat down. Starting recovery week next week.
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