I purchased the Insanity program about six months ago. I had gained about 100 pounds when I quit smoking and wasn’t exactly athletic to begin with (was 295lbs at my highest with a tiny amount of that being actual muscle… like 160lbs of lean mass). Needless to say for anyone who has tried Insanity, I could get about as far as the warm-up before being reduced to a quivering mass of lard and sweat on my nice new Jump Mat (that came with the DVDs).
Gave that up real quick and turned to just regular old circuit training but the one thing I did stick with was the nutrition plan that came with the DVDs. It’s a tiny little pamphlet that basically just offers a menu that makes getting into proper nutrition pretty easy.
I’ve never seen any diet like that diet book before, they should really sell that book separately (or some more elaborate version) because it’s pretty damn solid. Coming from crap yo-yo diets like Atkins and trying to limit calories while still eating shit food and having no focus on macro-nutrients this book was a great intro to good nutrition as opposed to a fad diet. One book I found though that was pretty similar was Muscle Chow from Men’s Health. Not as structured as the Insanity Nutrition though.
I lost about 70 pounds and counting in six months. Seemed to hit a plateau in the last few weeks though (I think I was going a bit too low on the calories for too long…1500 a day) so switched focus on hypertrophy instead of weight loss and just upped all of the calories in the same plan. I’ve been adding calories every week at a rate of about 300 per day to see when I get to the tipping point and start gaining fat so that I can slowly back down from there for a slower burn. Still haven’t found it, up to 3100 calories per day and still losing weight. I’ve packed on like 5 pounds of muscle and still lost about 6 pounds of fat, this diet seems to have totally changed my metabolism.
I think I’ll go back and give the workouts a shot for my next 2 month cycle. Sean T might get a bit annoying for a solid 2 months though.