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Insanity Workout Review
For a female, a lot of that will be water weight and if she is doing it right, it IS possible to lose that much so quickly. I also chose the Insanity workout for couple of other reasons too which I will try to explain in this insanity workout review. Hey someone help I started this yesterday now on my second day. It is hard because you are getting the carbs you need, the protein, amino acids, and some creatine in there. If you are doing one meal a day but you know tomorrow you are going to go out to dinner with friends, you may be eating two meals that day.

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Will it be too much of a jump for a semi-beginner like me? But I am so tired of being big. So far so good. I take it one day at a time. Congrats on building the healthy habits from the ground up- it takes a lot of patience and dedication.

Having tackled food, everything else is a piece of… hmm, well.. As for making the transition towards such an intense workout like Max 30, it depends. But mostly on a very overlooked factor- joint strength.

See, most people fear the intensity, when in fact you adjust accordingly. Go with Max 30 only if you are determined enough to push hard. The modifiers will help you along the way, but you will need to invest yourself a lot regardless of the fact.

Early workout is better, especially when it comes to cardio- for the body is burning extra fat tissue. However, some people have stubborn metabolisms, so their fat burning ability partially shuts off before they jump start the system with a breakfast. I for one have discovered that noon and evening workouts do the trick for me more than early morning ones ever will.

If you decide to go with Max 30, drop us a line and share some of your experience. Thanks for the great review. I am into week 5 of 21 day fix extreme and plan on doing at least 2 more months of this and wanted to move to Max Will I still follow the 21 day fix eating plan?

Or will I need more calories since this workout is really tough. And will this be a good workout to switch to? Max 30 would be an excellent program to move towards.

It will drain fat that other programs never could, and surprise you in the process: As for diet, you can continue with the same plan from 21 Day Fix, only add more when needed. Bottom line- you will have to listen to your body and go from there.

Initially, you can continue with the same diet plan only enhancing the number of calories slightly… then, as your body dictates, you will add more protein a must , and slightly more carbs. Be prepared though, Max 30 is nothing like 21 Day Fix.

The first week, at least until you catch grip, will be especially hard. My wife and I had been doing the 21 day fix repeatedly for 4 months and really enjoying it as a time to push ourselves and do something together. It also helps to realize all the effort it takes to burn those extra calories if you eat more than you need.

My wife ordered the Insanity Max 30 workout and we started it 5 weeks ago. For the first week, cardio and calf burn kept me from focusing on the intensity and form needed to really burn out my major muscles.

With cardio being such a limiting factor, major muscle recovery was easy for me. By week 4 I felt I could real ramp up the form and intensity and could see awesome results. One week into month 2 and it is a big jump harder, but month 1 adequately prepared my brain, no, it changed my brain so that I look forward to pushing harder to max out.

I recommend this workout and here are some comments: You can always go faster, lower, higher, better form, add isometrics at points in you movements, or engage the core better or harder in order for you to max out earlier. At that early stage, you will appreciate having to look up at the screen for an extra second or two anyway.

Even when I lifted weights for 45 mins 3 times a week, I would get a burning hunger and need to eat a lot even though I had plenty of body fat still. The variety of push-ups in Max 30 is nuts and really strengthen your chest and triceps, so you are good there.

That said, if your workout partner is not prepared for how ridiculous Max 30 is, there may be problems. Its that nuts in the beginning. Doing a less intense workout first helped us step up, as well as appreciate the virtues of both workouts. And thanks for the tips as well, some very useful takeaways there. So glad to hear that you guys are having so much fun with Max Cause it is so true.

If you are determined enough, all other Beachbody workouts fail in comparison. Next on the list? Take my word and go for the Asylum series. Vol 1 is a killer! La creme de la creme of hard workouts. I just completed Focus T Since I am an office worker, I can only do this exercise at 9 p. So it is a little bit late to eat something to take protein I want to lose some weight and fat. Do you think that it is a must to take protein after work out?

Every person has different body that loses from different areas. The same holds true now. A bit of a back story: Would you suggest a transition to Insanity Max 30 during the 2nd month?

My ortho doc says I can do workout as long as they are low impact on the joints. Would anyone here consider this relatively low impact or high impact training? Thanks, looking to start something new as soon as I find something that jives. This is a high impact. Its a lot of jumping and jumping lunges and plyometrics like that.

There is a modifier that is meant for low impact though. First of all, that review was a real pleasure to read and i could feel like you were sincere about all the points of that workout, so thank you for that: I am now on my first week of the second month and i am surprised to see that i drastically improved my performances in terms of cardio and muscle power.

Even the second month videos are less difficult to me than the first month ones when i started, and i can now handle every single exercise without any break and almost every time at the same pace as the insanity team. Which one is the most difficult to your opinion? My aim would be first to dry my body from belly fat , the only part of my body that still has fat in it! Max 30 is definitely bringing it up a notch. Congrats for going this far with Insanity.

He has done Asylum, and many of the Max videos, so I guess he should chip in with some thoughts as well. Glad to see you so far into the program! Insanity is a very tough routine, so seeing you having fun brings a smile to my face, because I can perfectly relate.

As Sandra said, Max 30 is a bit more challenging, if you can start high intensity instantaneously. It will definitely reintroduce some of that pain and struggle. But, as someone who has completed the Asylum, I must say that it is the most intense program ever published from Beachbody bar none!

If you are up for the challenge, forget any fat on your body. But also note that it is a lot harder than both Insanity and Max For now though, focus your attention exclusively on completing the program.

Insanity is a great routine, and cutting it half way in order to do another one is not necessary at all. Finish it first and then try other programs.

Yeah i can say i am definitely enjoying myself, at the point i am looking forward my training every day like a child would wait for his christmas presents haha. I was asking to anticipate and starting straight away with another program! Cardio is reallt my strong point, but i struggle more in deep muscles exercices so i guess it will be more challenging to me haha! Hi May have posted this question further up than I should. Did day 1 today with the modifier at their pace.

It was hard but I reached 19 minutes before I really had to stop. The last ten minutes were really tough and I stopped 3 tines for a full 20 to 30 seconds. Anyway my question is should I be cautious and continue with the modifier for week one or dive in and max out at 3 to 5 minutes if that!

My feeling is I should gauge things for week one and then maybe repeat it with the full workouts. It seems to me that all options are open. I plan to go back to Crossfit and martial arts after a few years away so I want to be ready and healthy.

First of all, congrats for starting this program. Glad to see you being reasonable too. This is a tough commitment, and being strategical about it, dedicating an extra week or two, is the smartest way to handle it. That being said, you should continue with your modifier in order to prepare the body.

At least for a week. Then, try and see how it goes without it for a while. The great thing is that whenever you feel like you cannot go further, jsut take a rest and continue with the modifier. This is a process in which you have to learn how to listen to your body. But somewhere around week two, this will come naturally, and you will more intimately understand the limits of your capabilities and when to switch between work and rest, work and modifier.

Its my last week month two and its awesome am now stronger, healthier, faster my body looking a way better, but only thing that am thinking about, what is the best to do after this?? So glad to hear this! It brings a smile on my face when I see people enjoying the things recommended on this blog.

Next for you my friend, at least the way I see it judging by your eagerness, is Asylum Vol. It is my favourite program. You will definitely love it. It will be a customizable and personalized program, and I think you will like it as well. Our gift to you. I hope you will like it. Just started doing this but I really like it. My question is if I still want to lift weights, can I do this first, then go the gym?

Should I have a protein shake in between? If you have your mind already made, then by all means have a protein shake in between, and eat a high protein diet. Make sure not to combine workouts 5 days per week.

Two or three times should be the limit I guess. I am 23 years old and I have 3 kids. My youngest is 6 months old. I am starting the Insanity Max 30 workouts on Monday! I cannot wait for the crazy results! I have gained some baby weight for sure I am more than ready to get my body looking better!! Hi i have just ordered Max: I had a baby 7 months ago and ended up having a C section, i would really like to get rid of the lower belly fat and tone up my entire stomach.

My real concern is my lesg and bum, which i would like to lose a bit of weight from the top innner thights part and keep my bum the size it is or even increase the size of my bum. I am a little bit afraid of doing this and losing my bum and too much of my thights. I would like to tone my entire body. What is the best thing to do to get the results i want. Thank you in advance. This workout includes around moves total. Many of those target your hamstrings and butt endless squat varieties, jumps and whatnot….

I Would love to contact you… are you on IG or Facebook? I would like to ask you a couple of questions… the picture of you on this article just left me speechless. THAT is my goal body! Just send me an email here in the contact form on this site. I do have one question…I tried this once before and after making it through Insanity, I never had knee pain. Halfway through this program I did. So much so, I couldnt do the second half.

After a 6 month hiatus and PT, knees feel good. Do you think its just improper form or pushing too hard? I love the workouts, but dont want to permanently damage my joints. PS I assume you made it through month two…. In terms of what caused the knee pain, it is almost always bad shape.

The body not being used to what is happening all of the sudden. This is usually coupled with what you said- lack of proper form, and pushing past your limits.

Since you struggled with a knee pain once, do a morning stretch every day 5 minutes max and this will also contribute to lowering the risk of knee pain or injuries happening again. Hi my name is muhap i already get my insanity max 30 and i did not get my coach email can you plesse help me —. I am finishing a Jillian Michaels dvd called ripped in 30 and now I am looking to move to a different workout… I was trying to decide between max 30 and T25 but I was scared of all the contradictory reviews you find on the internet about max 30 so Im really happy to read this website: Max 30 seems like a great option since you are already working out and have some cardio and muscular endurance.

So, I start my first workout and I max out at 4min… what happens then? Thanks for your review. Glad you are willing to up your game.

Max 30 will be fun, I can tell you that. As for maxing out, here is the deal- you go as hard as you can from the beginning of the workout till as long as you can. When you max out i.

Then, you just continue with the rest of the workout. The logic behind this method is really twofold. First, going as hard as you can for as long as you can at the very beginning puts you in a very competitive state of mind, as well as improves your mental game and determination.

Once you conquer this, the rest of the workout feels easier and you can challenge yourself more. Second, you get to wear your body down at the very beginning, ensuring a flow of lactic acid as well as a surge of endorphin, adrenaline and a lot of muscle fibers firing up. This will put your body in an optimal mode for digging deep and burning calories. Thank you for your great and honest review. I am actually doing the p90x3.

Now I am searching for a program after I finished it. Would you recomand this as a follow-up? I also want to have a break for about a week in between the programs, where I want to do back strenghening workouts and some best ofs of the p90x3 about days in this week, just to come down a bit before I get started again.

Congrats for finishing the P90X3. As for the rest period in between workouts you are definitely right. Take a week off, and start rested. Insanity The Asylum Vol. It is far better in fact. It is also on the opposite spectrum a cardio and endurance festival , just like Max 30 is.

Which makes it way more challenging. Make no mistakes though- Asylum is by far the hardest workout program Beachbody has ever made. Hi im 30 and very overweight im looking for a way to loose the weight and was told about max 30 i would say my fitness level at the moment is poor and i do suffer with asthma.

Im really motivated to get fit as when i recently took my daughter to a theme park i was unable to go on the ride with her as i eas to big. Please help thanks in advance. Glad you like to dedicate yourself on getting healthier. Max 30 is a great option for loosing pounds and getting more agile, flexible, faster… It is hard though. Even with the modifier included you will have to give your best and develop a love-hate relationship with this program that can at times feel like agony.

However, if you are new to fitness and working out why not go with something easier? Like for example Focus T25? Or maybe even P90? These are great programs to ease you into fitness while still providing for amazing results. The commitment is lighter and the program more doable when you can complete the challenges as opposed to strugling to catch your breath every step of the way.

Later then, when you can do a sequence of push-ups sit-ups or just run for a mile or two, Max 30 can be way more enjoyable, and equally more effective. Unlike most other workouts out there, we will provide some guidance into the platform as well, and it will be completely personalized. Read your review and bought Max 30 three months ago. One week off due to some extra work around the office, plus many day breaks due to inability to schedule my workouts and fit them into my daily routine.

But I did manage to complete the challenge! So proud of myself. Lost 20 pounds and muscles are popping up. Thank you for this amazing review. I know it will be hard but I want to and kind of need to change my lifestyle as well as my non existent fitness level.

Bring on the challenge and the pain!!! I am losing belly fat and i am getting lean. I would now like to bulk and gain muscles… which workout program would you recommend me to do next? Maybe try Asylum Vol. It incorporates strength training as well as insane cardio hardest workout in the Beachbody library so far. I hope it works: I mainly take a break in these moments to have it down. So here is my advice again, not having any additional data to look at - keep up with the modifier, but restrain yourself to only one workout per day.

You need rest, and the body needs to recuperate in order to perform better the following day. Once you feel like your conditioning has improved assuming you eat fairly healthy and light , step it up a bit and ditch the modifier whenever you can at first, it will be only on certain moves during a workout, but as you progress you will find yourself doing more of the actual workout moves rather than the modifier.

Thanks for your comprehensive response. Switch Kicks 2. Power Jacks 53 3. Power Knees 92 4. Globe Jumps 33 6. Suicide Jumps I passed and had rest 7. Push-up Jacks 16 8. Low Plank Oblique I am recovering from left hip surgery. Bursitis, tight IT band and bone spurs. Had surgery on Nov 4. I have always wanted to try one of these workouts. I am 40 pounds overweight. I am so disgusted with my present health, and I need to do something drastic.

I have knee issues, but I am open to trying this. I have seen dramatic results in my friends in like 6 months. Im quite sure right NOW I cannot take this on and will have to talk with my ortho.

Im in PT at present. Does anyone have any words of encouragement or support that at some point in near future, I can aspire to doing this workout and really change myself? I recently discover this site, and I just love the way everybody tries to motivate each other. You are all too nice. I am scare of hospitals and getting cut open, so I refuse to have surgery.

Do you suggest I continue doing Insanity with this condition? I just finished insanity max30 and loved it!! How would you hybrid this? My thoughts were to do three days of weight training and three days of the cardio portions of max I thought doing the strength and tabata workouts would be overtraining because of the upper body weight training program that I will be doing. Have been training times a week since October and lost 16kg previously kg. Training includes various tae bo with wrist weights , swimming and long fast walks km Diet Mostly clean, not a lot of junk but not super strict either.

I have insanely strong legs but slightly weak knees and abnormally weak upper body I loathe weight training and gyms. My reason is that I want to take my fitness and weight loss to the next level. One think I am missing is your before picture. Your abs are insane, and its hard to believe you had much body fat two weeks prior. Maybe my body lose fat around the abs last? I am in day 2 of max30!! My body is aching like hell but i love the sweat and energy i get from it.

I am 29 years old, i have been working out since i was 18, however i put on 10kgs in my late twenties. I have been on various workout programmes and nothing seems to work. I really hope to see some changes in max I know it is bad: I like to do strength training at home and wonder if I could do insanity max 30 after for shredding and cardio.

I do not do any heavy weights. The highest dumbells I use are 15 pounds so I am not throwing super heavy weights around and then trying to add insanity max 30 to it.

I just do light weights to shape and define but wanted to ask u to see what u thought. Any opinions would be appreciated! Thanks for the review. I do have a question and I hope someone could help me. In I began with Insanity and I repeated it 3 times. I wanted to start again with insanity, but then I notices T I thought it could give me the same result as Insanity but in a shorter period of time.

I also have purchased Insanity the asylum and Max 30 but I dont know in what order the best way is to do them. So can someone please tell me what the best order is to start: I do have the feeling that eventhough I finished insanity back then, I have to start all over again.

And one other question. I do notice that T25 is the least intense workout. Is it possible to add some different workouts to the T25 program like running or the Brazil butt lift workouts?

And went right back to maxing out at a normal times. I started the original Insanity program in when I was 50 years old. Did the program start to finish through 3 times. I continue most of the workouts days a week now along with calisthenics. It becomes quite funny to see these 20 somethings going on about how hard it is. Looking for advice and opinions: Is this workout good for a relatively healthy 49 y.

Click here to cancel reply. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon. Please click here if you are not redirected within a few seconds. Sandra, the rest is yours… Quick intro before I start this Insanity Max 30 review… I was on the fitness wagon for as long as I can remember; Gym workouts, Zumba, cardio feats, Aerobic, even competing in the girls Fitness category… the whole nine yards, really.

What is Insanity Max: Here is how their official Beachbody site describes the workout in short. Working late shifts, this helps me rather much. Besides, I have weekends free- something that you usually have to trade if you are chasing the results this program is promising. Interesting and engaging moves, helping not only with looks but functional fitness as well. This program offers the chance to increase your physical preparedness tenfold. Besides, I notice an increase in overall strength, without lifting weights.

Even before I accepted the offer to write this review, I knew quite well that this was going to be a personal challenge. The great thing about Insanity Max: Say what you will about your shape and preparedness, but it is physically impossible. And this is also convenient if you have a history of working out in a gym. It allows you to focus your strength on what is really important- completing the sets- and not stressing about changing machines, weights, or whatnot.

This, unquestionably, results with more progress. There are modifications to each move. Very important if you are not up to the game.

It is probably not embarrassing to mention that I did the modifications for a couple of times, since these workouts are brutal. Using the modifications though, everyone can push according to their own level of fitness. Shaun T will be there for you, motivating you and making you push harder and harder each day. Because it works, and works wonders. Muscles are getting shredded, and my abs are showing like crazy.

Another great thing is the fact that there are so many small muscle groups popping up around that I never, in my entire fitness background, knew existed. Why not Insanity Max: If you are someone who is constantly looking for excuses, go ahead and close this tab — albeit having modifications to each move, Max: Buckets of sweat, muscles sore and trembling after each workout.

You can gradually step into it by following the modifications and taking more frequent breaks, but you will have to dig deep at one point or another. You will have to eat clean for otherwise results would be subpar. Not following a rocket science, but eating a healthy and balanced diet. I started following the nutrition guide that comes included in the package, but figured out ways around it too.

As long as you are eating clean and healthy, there is no need to limit yourself to anything. There are no weights included, so forget about insanely bulking up.

You will have dramatically improved muscle definition though, making your muscles appear bigger. If you are having some knee or back injuries, or some problems with the ankles, I hate to spoil the fun, but you will have to see a doctor first. Anyway, go and see a doctor first. Paying close attention to their marketing, and playing around with the program myself for a while, here is my take: Somewhere around 20 pounds to lose Dramatically improved muscle definition Abs- for sure Decent amount of muscle gain this depends heavily on the level of intensity you invest, as well as the amount of protein you consume Cardio, endurance, agility, strength, speed… all improved tenfold.

A lot of fun A lot of sweat and pain The most bitter-sweet period of your life bar none. Cardio challenge This workout welcomes you into the program with what can easily be described as baptism under fire.

Sweat intervals High intensity interval training, stressing your body as early as within the first couple of minutes; this is where you burn a tremendous amount of calories. Tabata power Very challenging resistance moves, where you are using your own body weight in order to supply the resistance- Tabata style intervals consisting of 20 seconds all-in, and 10 seconds of cooling down; at this stage, you are targeting your muscles mercilessly, and thinking about quitting the program altogether.

Tabata strength Unlike traditional strength training routines where you pump weights for a couple of seconds and then take rest for equally as long, here you are doing the length of the workout without taking any rest at all. Round 1 I had to cool down for about 10 minutes after finishing the first time. Here is a list of the workouts though, and how Shaun T and Beachbody describe them: Just wait till you get to the first power move… Max out sweat The more minutes you make it through, the more you sweat and the more calories you burn.

From what I see, your legs are going to cry for mercy. Max out wall calendar, and max out wall tracker — You will know what workout to do each day and simply follow the calendar. Also, you can write your max out time each day. Max out guide — The program explained, and tips on how to maximize your results.

Now this is mostly common sense, and some explanation of why these methods of training- Nothing especially useful here. No time to cook guide — An interesting little guide about how to make smart choices even if you are not willing to invest the time; I can already see some people benefit already. My cardio and muscle endurance are already more than I hoped for, and it continues to improve.

I can definitely see more muscle definition, and my abs are showing like crazy. Here are a couple of tips that helped me push forward so far. Make sure to approach the workout of the day with the following attitude- you are going to have fun, test your limits and be OK with whatever comes out of those 30 minutes.

Never be disappointed if you cannot match what you did yesterday. The body knows to be tired and fatigued sometimes, so there is no reason feeling bad about it. The more you stress over the workouts, the less effective they become. Whenever you think about stopping and taking a break, know this- just two more reps-. This will make a tremendous difference in terms of your progress.

Eat clean, eat smaller portions throughout the day, and follow as much as you can when it comes to principles of healthy eating. Also, make sure to never eat less than one hour prior to a workout. I will remember to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back very soon. War Wings Flip Master Superfighters. Isn't it too fast to lose pounds lost in j21 days? These pound may be quickly gained afterwards. I've read an essay with argumentation as for the possible danger of quick weight loss.

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I'll admit I got addicted to that "intensity" and I honestly think that program ruined all the other programs for me! There is just something about that program that makes my muscles BURN in a good way and it's been hard to get that satisfaction from another programs. I know I may take some heat for this comment but I didn't care for T Don't get me wrong, it's a great program just not for me.

This girl has ZERO rhythm which makes it hard to get into any program that has "choreographed" moves. So when I heard they were creating the 21 Day Fix I was a little leary The more details I learned about this program the more optimistic I got, but it wasn't the workouts that caught my attention it was the meal plan.

More specifically the portion control containers Let's face it portion distortion is out of control. I think this is an ideal diet for me as there is only one rule. No counting, remembering when to eat next etc. Anyway, I got overweight again so I want to use this method. I started out yesterday at It will be interesting to see how this works out now. I could easily see myself eating a chicken salad for my evening meal during the summer at least. I have been toying with the IF lifestyle and doing loads of research for a while now.

On Thursday I started the 1 meal a day approach and you know what, I lived! Granted I have only done 2 days with 1 meal per day as, like you I plan to eat lunch on the weekends. I lie to eat big meals, my husband is a fantastic cook. I love wine as well! I used to exercise hours and hours a day just to maintain my weight. So one meal a day for me it is.

I turn 40 in September and I want to be on my way to my ideal weight then. I started drinking spirulina powder with water this morning. It tastes like pond water which I guess it is actually. It works better for me this way. Kgs are fine by me. I used to do Judo when I was younger and less broken and the weight categories were in Kgs. And now at the end I realise that the Last reply is from yesterday!! I once did this kind of diet, but unknowingly. I lost 15 kg in only 3 months.

Well, today was my First day. I plan on taking a Cup of tea with milk and sugar, If i feel weak. Sorry about the kg and cm, German influence.

Yeah, this is a great thread. There are lots of great comments and perspective from others who are trying to make this diet work. Some are definitely doing it!

I am 19 years old going on 20 soon.. Smh yeai know almost 6 years. I would say that I need to lose a GoOd pounds. Which just resulted me losing Muscle and not fat. Because when I stepped on the scale I would weigh lighter than before …. I just have one question …. Are you sure you can eat whatever you want when you have that. One meal a day was a means to an end for me. I wanted to limit the times between which I could eat a meal because it took away any other choice. I pretty much ate anything I wanted, but to be fair I already had a reasonably balanced diet with fruit and vegetables featuring strongly in many of my meals.

And also how big should your portion size be? I did eat some of the things you mentioned but not all the time. Somewhere along the line I think we have to learn to make better choices about our nutrition and this diet has been a great way for me to do that. Portion size is difficult. A plate full of lard is obviously different to a plate full of lettuce. Thanks for answeing my questions! Alright so ill take it into consideration that certain foods have to be eatin in moderation.

And ill make sure that my One meal a day consist of mostly healthy foods majority of the time. Umm… do u think it would be ok for me to drink Diet Coke Zero calories thrum the day? Ofcourse ill drink lots of water also.

Reading some of the other comments and your story I am Super excited to start this. I am more than ready to shed these extra pounds!

You can adjust as you go along. Sort of need a bit of encouragement here. Yes, around my waist, clothes are looser, but my stomach looks arwful, much more bloated looking. I look at your pictures and I can see such a difference in your body. I know I do have a lot of body fat around my middle, but I thought with eating once a day , cutting down on carbs and killing myself at the gym would show good results.

Maybe I need to shock my body into letting go of fat as it seems to be holding on for dear life. Limit your salt intake, because you will retain water on a high salt diet. How I look at it, you have to break down a wall. Fat loss is deceptive. You can lose several pounds and see no real difference in the way you look.. Part of the problem here is we look only where we can see i. Maybe in August try a different approach? Keep in mind that this can be a long process and try to get your feelings of success from sticking to your plan rather than the apparent lack of physical results.

Also keep in mind that doing it the way I did it… guessing about calorie content and paying little attention to nutrition is far from optimal — so results are bound to be slower. I was just surfing the web and found your blog.

I myself do a similar diet. I work out twice a day and eat one substantial meal for lunch. This is a routine I follow during the weekday and I have my cheat days on the weekend as well. I feel fuller doing this vs eating six times a day. I have always found that eating that many times a day to stay full just seemed too tedious. Thank you for your words of encouragement. You are right about others saying that I look slimmer.

My sister says it, but I always think to myself.. Could you tell me what you eat on your cheat days? Also, do you think that very overweight people trying to lose weight, should have a cheat day at all? You must feel amazing and look fantastic?!

I unfortunately have to change my plan as from today: On the other hand, i hate sleeping hungry! Skip breakfast, have lunch with enough carbohydrates, Then Dinner with Low carbs or with carbs? I plan on Jogging 7km for two days and Then One day rest!

I really want to Take Part in the race, and i want to lose weight too. Having one meal a day the last werk has really motivated me. Anyone have an advice for me? Hi Fatuma, I hope the diet is still working for you. The most important thing for me is that I eat fewer calories than my body needs each day. I love only eating 1 lunch a day as I feel I sleep better at night without needing to digest food in my stomach.

I have a question for you: After you lost the first 20 pounds and waited a while to lose the last 10 pounds, how long did you wait and did you continue with the 1 meal a day?

Or did you go back to 3 meals a day during this period of time? Hi Karen, Well done on losing the 7lbs in a month. After I lost the first 20lbs I was pretty much straight into the next 10lbs. The first twenty took me five months and the last ten took me just one month. Sorry that it took me so long to reply. Last time I weighed a week ago I was down 16lbs! I want to look at this as something I can adapt to for the rest of my life.

I used to be on a prescription drug a few years back that seriously suppressed my appetite and it just occurred to me that this was exactly how I ate! I was also drinking almost every night back then too. Not a good thing. I like your blog David so thank you for sharing! I will let you know how I get on! I want to lose another 58lb by Christmas and I figure I can if I lose around 2. Aelie, You have done a fantastic job with the weight loss! You mentioned the wild variation in your calories and although I have nothing to back it up, I think that can be a good thing.

It keeps your body guessing. Somehow that sinks into my subconscious mind and helps me on the days when I under-eat. I hope it went well.

I basically eat dinner only. Every now and then I may squeeze in a small snack. On Monday I feel bloated because I eat more on the weekend.

The weight has fallen off. What do you think about my situation? I have to thank you and everyone who has kept me motivated. I finally saw the scales move.

Not much, but it did cheer me up. I have fallen off the wagon for a couple of days, but back on today. So basically I will be fasting till dinner time, but I will be drinking water through out the day. All that matters is that you get back on and keep trying. I hope all is well for you. Sorry again for the late reply. I started this diet exactly a month ago now simply bcos I was tried from carrying excess weight around.

I should add that this was not visible to me in the mirror, am just glad I was not discourage. Thank you again for this blog. The tape measure is a great way to monitor your progress and an inch is a fantastic achievement. I think you will eventually see the difference in the mirror but if not maybe taking photos will help you.

Maybe one day you could describe your food to me, I would love to hear about your diet. I should tell you how am following this diet, I drink a cup of coffee in the morning before going to work and another cup around midday with lot of water throughout the day.

I eat my one meal around 6: I just discover I need to stick to my one hour window by reading some of the comment. I would described my dinner but am African, our food is different. There are just some days when I have to snack. Keep up the good work!! Thanks for writing this! Iam sure i will be able to contineue. Hi Sonam, sorry for the delay in replying to you. Hi Angela, 4 lbs is a good result for the 1st eight days! Hi Jose, 85lbs in six months is an incredible achievement! I know that you put the weight back on again but sometimes when life hits you hard you just have to find a way to survive.

The key thing here is that you started again and have lost another totally amazing 38 lbs. Good luck as you continue towards your goal. By the way, your English is superb!! And the I eat my main meal Actually I have been losing weight with the 6meal plan but all of a suden I just stoped losing for the past 2 months.

So my main goal is to lose the last bit of fat 15lbs This type of diet suits my lifestyle perfectly and I wish I had found out a long time ago. I don;t feel I have to worry too much what I order or how much of it I eat within reason. Perhaps what you need to do is give it some more time? Good luck and sorry for the delay in replying to you. I need to catch up on a few things around here, including replying to those of you kind enough to leave comments.

Sorry for the delay in approving some of the comments, and apologies for appearing to ignore you. Hi Christopher, I think as long as we make some changes to our diet, i. But I have a few more rules. I have lost 9kgs which is around 20 pounds in about five months. The beauty of this diet is that it prevents the one mouthful leading to another effect, which was my downfall and the only reason I ever got fat in the first place.

I am in fantastic health as well. Good skin, hair, nails. Trim waistline and flat tummy. This is the diet for me. Saturday is my cheat day and sunday two meals from monday to freiday again the same plan.

Where in Germany do you live? I live in Bavaria, maybe we could share more of our experince about the One meal a day: Bavaria i dont really know where it is? Soman, there are no rules to this diet, you just make them up to suit yourself.

I found the best way for myself by experimenting and I still do experiment. See how it works out for you. Hi Bubbles, I love the way you do it. I love your attitude to falling off the wagon. It really helps to pick the positive angle and just get back to it. I was wondering what types of food you would eat when you did eat.

Thanks Sonam, send you an Email………… dj i always say, If its going to be just One meal a day, then ist has to count, i Would otherwise Start craving for stuff that i deprive myself……….. Hi Nancy hope all is well,how are you doing with your one meal,myself in thired week and i have lost only 4 pounds but this time iam not going to give it up.

Hi dj, I pretty much eat anything and everything that takes my fancy. There are certain things I avoid like sodas, but from time to time I still enjoy a glass of cola. I eat all the regular foods like pasta, pizza, potatoes, bread, rice, chciken, fish, beef, pork, pies, pastries, cakes, ice cream and lots of fruit and vegetables.

I needed to the time to arrange my return and I wanted to make sure I rememebered my summer for something other than my diet. Now published — click here. Hi just come accross this, i wasnt looking for a diet, was looking for cheap ways to eat. Anyway decided to read and the more i read the more i got it. Now in my 40s i dont want to be a 6 or an 8 but i want to be a darn lot smaller then i am, so tomorrow will be my first day trying it out, how much i weigh isnt the issue so i am not going to weigh myself i am going to go off my clothes size.

Hi Polly, I think you have a good way of looking at it. I look forward to hearing how you get on. Wish I could think of a suitable Arnie quote in response. Ive been reading this website for quite a few days as i googled One Meal a Day diet as this is the only type of diet that has ever worked.

First of all i just want to say HI to David and im totally inspired by how much weight youve lost and how youve managed to keep it a secret from your family ie eating normally with them …have they not noticed your fantastic weight loss? I like doing this diet as i enjoy socialising and i do not want it to affect my life going out for meals with friends etc. A couple of years ago i slimmed down ALOT like 3 stone…. I have planned to change this and decided that today would be the day id finally post on here as i think we could all deffinitely spur eachother on to lose weight.

So far i have gone from 11 stone to 10st 4 but i has taken me a couple of months and i dont know whether my metabolism has slowed down or im not drinking enough water but i cant get the rest off.

Ive been at the same weight for a while now. I go to the gym and workout but i dont do enough weights to bulk up. I am doing 1 meal a day and fruit but recently the last week ive not had any fruit. Today i got a bit fed up and had 2 meals non fattening and im scared to weigh myself im going to leave it another 2 weeks before i do! I really love this website and read it everyday for updates and stuff best of luck with all your diets guys would be great if we all spur eachother on and start losing weight!!!

Secondly, what a fantastic job you did in losing 3 stone a few years ago! If the lack of apparent results is driving you nuts, maybe you could take a slightly more scientific approach and count calories for a while? Give it another little while and you may discover that your scale weight drops by a pound or two overnight. Just want to ask a question.. Is it good to have my one meal at 5 pm or its better to have it at night?

The thing is, you have to learn to live with this. I choose to eat aroiund 5 or 6pm because it fits in with family life. I also enjoy the fact that I feel satisfied during the evening so I get the psychological boost from spending a few hours with food in my belly. A big part of why this works for me is how I feel about it. Just another question , i cant always have my meal at the same time for some reasons but always between pm so can i have my meal for ex: And is it better to not drink anything during the day or its normal to drink for ex: The diets sometimes claim that the timing of meals is crucial for optimum fat loss.

The simple idea behind one meal a day is that your task is simply to eat fewer calories than your body needs. I drink tea or coffee with one sugar and milk full fat… because I like the taste throughout the day. Maybe upto six a day. Sometimes less, sometimes more. I also drink water. Does that help at all? I started following a similar eating plan about a year ago. Over the following months, I lost about 20 pounds and am now happily in the maintenance phase.

I intend to stick with the one meal a day plan pretty much forever, because it lets me have the body I want without obsessing over calories. So glad to read your story and know there are others out there who are experiencing the benefits of this lifestyle. And even better… you sound so happy! Dear David, I am very glad to come across your article.

I have been asked most by women how to stay slim while I still eat dinner as most of them skip dinner just to stay in shape. I eat very light breakfast and drink coffee, just to accompany my husband and my kids like most of normal people do. Then, I hardly eat any thing after that until dinner as I never enjoy eatting alone during the day, unless I have a lunch appointment with my girl friends.

I do excercise times a week, 2 hour session, but not Saturday-Sunday. Recently, I did gain a few kgs. I was cm, 57 kgs. They suggested to skip dinner. I was so struggled and never lost any grams. So, I was doing some reseach about age and gain weight. Then, I found your post got me thinking. For the past months, after we moved to new neighborhood, I was trying so hard to blend in.

I would have many lunch appointment with many new moms around here. Until, I guess, I got used to eatting the real lunch. After I have my mind set to loose some weight. I come back to eat very light during the day. My very light is to feel a little hungry but not until gassy. I would drink lots of water or coffee with no sugar. I too have heard that the older we get the fewer calories we need.

I may do one day. I still eat really well, and lose weight and build a little muscle all at the same time. Hey David im 17 years old and i wanted to start this diet. While on this diet i wanted to go jogging or walking everyday to speed up the weight loss process. I will only be eating 1 meal a day, nothing crazy. How much weight can i lose? Also is it OK to exercise to speed up the weight loss? Will exercising even speed it up?

The slow process teaches you something about yourself and helps you to change the eating habits that got you overweight in the first place. You start to make better choices not always but often enough to make a difference.

I had some very specific reasons for choosing this approach and I had tried other methods first. Give it some thought. Hi, Today is my 3rd day of this diet. I will eat night and next day morning Ill motivate myself that I can eat in abt 8 hours time…. I have not check my weight but I feel very light. Thank u for sharing. Hi Sarah, Well done for making it to day 3! Most of the feelings of success from this diet come from sticking to the plan more than what the scale says — because, as we know, the scale readings are often misleading.

Keep at it and please let us know about your porgress. HI evryone today i intend to share this good news to those who have been discouraged in anyway.. That is a fantastic encouragement for me and for others. I can imagine you feel very happy, and so you should, because you did all the hard work, you made the sacrifices and you showed the discipline to stick to the plan. You deserve all the credit. Thank you for being a fantastic example for others to follow. David, About how much calories did you eat per day since you were only eating 1 meal and a snack?

Hi Jake, I aim to eat around to calories. I try not to worry about it too much. Counting calories is pretty boring but it can be a quicker way to lose the weight. Hello David, seems like a great post. I have started this diet today. I need to cut out around lbs too, so I hope to have the same experience you had within months from now. I am just wondering though, did you ever have trembles at some stages?

I so often feel this and giddy too when I am dieting especially when I tried the one meal a day diet the first time like a year ago and did quit for that reason back in the days. Is it because of the low level of sugar in our blood or what? How can we bypass this feeling?

Because when it occurs it makes you feel so weak… I can bypass the hunger, but I really hate the trembles… What do you recommend? Yes, there were times when I felt weak. It would be the worst thing in the world to faint while at the wheel of a car or operating machinery. Small snacks designed to fuel not fill. Thanks so much for sharing. I did do this diet just after I finished school and lost 25kg like this, but was too strict…this caused some bad bowel problems.

Thanks so much for all your advice, great post. I remember this being quite difficult in the beginning, but after a while you dont even think about food anymore…I hope I get to that point quickly. Thanks for sharing the important point of being too strict and highlighting that there can be medical implications and complications. The relaxed approach worked very well for me for the first 30lbs.

It then becomes much more of a lifestyle than a diet which helps to keep the weight off. I started the 1 meal a day a couple weeks ago with a snack too and have lost 6 pounds! And I have kept it off!

I am totally amazed at how little food I really need. The meal and snack I eat are nutritious and nutrient dense. Except for yesterday — which was pretty much a disaster as far what I ate — and I must say — I was miserable! Love your blog — keep the info coming. I often worry that some people think diets like this are a license to eat calories of chocolate every day and end up effectively starving themselves. I just wanted to know if you eat pizza, mcdonalds… And what is the amount that u have when you eat those types of food.

I do eat all of those things. But I try to eat them infrequently. I have been reading your blog for a while now and was so inspired by your weight loss success with one meal a day! I decided to try this, after all, like most other overweight people, I had tried absolutely everything over the last 10 or more years with zero success. I tried eating healthy all the time with the often recommended 6 small meals a day and found myself heavier and heavier and hungrier and hungrier until I caved and ate everything in sight!

Can I tell you that I have been eating this way for around 3 months now and I have effortlessly dropped 15 kilos! I have another 20 kilos to lose yes I really stacked it on over the years! But I feel so much better already, not to mention how much better I look! I have honestly never been successful with losing weight, never been able to lose more than a few kilos and thanks to you I know I have finally found what works!

On weekends I still eat pizza, pasta, ice cream and chocolate, not as much as I used to but enough to make me happy and ready to start the week again eating one meal a day, this meal is usually very healthy but sometimes not but I still lose weight despite this. What has amazed me the most is that it is like my hunger has been switched off, I used to be starving hungry an hour after breakfast each morning, then hungry again after lunch and in the evening I could easily put away another big meal and desert and was ALWAYS craving things.

I think half the battle is believing you can do it, seeing your success has motivated and inspired me so much! The best thing, besides the weight loss of course, is the absolutely blissful feeling of freedom from being consumed by food — no calorie counting, no packing healthy snacks, no planning out every single thing I need to eat, no stress with what to order if I am going out for dinner, no one even knows how I am doing this except for my husband who has adopted this too and loves it!

So David thank you for your advice and tips on this method of weight loss and for sharing your heart. I really believe everyone is different so everyone will respond differently to diets, something you have clearly shown and I am grateful to you for sharing. You are awesome and I wish you and your family success, peace, love and happiness! The one meal a day diet, has been working great for me.

I started it in January of this year and my progress is a 70 pounds of weight loss. Sorry Jackson as a nurse I just cannot let that one pass. Bile is not returned to the gallbladder if unused in digestion.

The Gall Bladder is a one way organ that stores concentrated bile to add to digestion when fats arrive in the gut. Just out of curiosity i am 57kg and want to drop down to 50kg in preferably a month or two maximum. Do you know any way and i can do this? And what is the quick way you are talking about? I wanted to say thank you for this article I have two children under two and Im a stay at home mom..

I just got done with a three day fast Im now Im starting this diet today. I feel as if I was ment to find ur article thank you again. Hey, i wanted to start this diet and i had a question. On this diet can i eat the foods i normally eat? Like rice, chicken, spaghetti , eggs, etc. I also eat fruits. Or do i have to follow a strict diet eating only veggies and fruits. I started this diet on Friday again after having some time off and loads of socialising events….

First weigh in is this friday so its exciting the fact that every friday im going to post my weight loss for the week. Thanks for opening our minds. I started this lifestyle in August. In 2 months, I got to my goal. For dinner, I ate whatever I wanted plus dessert.

Had two cheat days a week weekends. Obviously, I had to watch the plate size, because I wanted to lose those saddlebags, but now while maintaining, I have my huge dinner, my dessert on weekdays,and indulge profusely on weekends. This lifestyle is for me! The only different thing is: Fasting suits me especially on weekdays working days.

I do not mind keeping this lifestyle at all. I dont miss breakfast or lunch. I still enjoy a nice brunch on weekends.

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