Post # 1
Im probably too late to start this unless I do it every single day (about 40 days out from my wedding) but I just heard (or rather really looked into) the 30 Day Shred. I have a few questions though.
I am trying to eat better but I am not really on a diet. I still have days where I eat whatever I want and things that are bad for me. So will the 30 Day Shred still work without "real" dieting? My main goal is lose weight and to have better self confidence about my body but to be completely honest I do not have control to do a real diet. I have tried, it doesnt work. Some days I will eat only Lean Cuisine and 100 calorie snacks, other days I have tons of pasta or fried foods, pizza, etc. Im not overweight but would like to lose 5-10 lbs.
My other question is how much space you need? I have room in front of my TV but not enough to jump rope, run around, etc. Last question is if this still works without having a regular gym workout as well. I hate the gym and will not sign up for a membership.
Thanks for the help and advice!
Post # 3
I’m not a 30 Day Shred expert, as I only do it occasionally, but to answer your space question, you really only need enough room to do pushups and jumping jacks. I’d recommend a mat, and a set of 3-5 pound weights. But mostly it’s just good old fashioned gym class stuff that no one does anymore– but there’s a reason why they made us do it– it works!
As for the diet issue, I am not a nutritionist, but I’ll tell you what has been working wonders for me. Instead of doing 100-calorie packs of junk food and lean cuisines (which don’t fill me up) I have switched to healthier meals altogether– plain oatmeal with fruit and splenda for breakfast, deli meat on whole grain bread for lunch, ground turkey in dinners instead of ground beef, etc. I can eat more food, feel more full, and have less calories. Score!
I find that it works really well to snack often but carefully– things like bananas, apples with peanutbutter, or almonds are fabulous snacks. Ever since I started eating this way and drinking tons of water (like 90 ounces a day) I have completely stopped craving those bad foods that used to tempt me. I’ll eat them at a social gathering, but I haven’t opened a bag of potato chips in 2 months.
I don’t know that any of that will be helpful for you, but I wish you the best in your weight loss efforts and all your wedding prep!
Post # 4
I just ordered it last night after reading into it a little. I am excited to get it. I can’t wait to start. I have decided to go all out with the fitness thing. I have been flirting with getting into shap for a while now, and I am sick of getting a dress on when I am shopping not even looking at the dress until I am done looking at my fat arms. yuck.
Wish me luck.
Post # 5
You don’t need too much space. I use my dvd in the tiny space in front of my bed. Just make sure you have enough room for jumping jacks and get some hand weights.
I try to eat healthy but I’m like you, naangel55, there are days when I need to eat some pasta or fried foods. I only have 10 pounds to lose and I try and avoid the gym. I’ve been doing this DVD 3 times a week and I am really starting to see results. I don’t know if I am losing the weight I wanted to lose but I am feeling great, and starting to see some muscles I never knew I had.
Anyway, do it. Even if you can’t make any huge changes to your diet it’s still worth it to start working out. I would say though, that if you can make small changes in your diet you will see better results–and I’m saying that through personal experience. Not an expert opinion. Good luck!
Post # 6
One of the big focuses of the 30 day shred is toning, so I think that will work without "real dieting" – I’m seeing more tone in my arms only 6 days in. (I did 6 days, then missed the last two b/c I was out of town.)
PP’s are right – you don’t need too much space, just enough to do push ups.
About dieting – the foods you’re talking about as "healthy" are kind of just smaller versions of unhealthy foods. I never had any luck with that kind of dieting, but now I’ve just brought my fruit & vegetable intake way up, and that seems to be working. I still eat way too much sometimes, but it’s easier not to overeat on pasta & fried foods if you’re forcing yourself to eat 5+ servings of fruits and veggies everyday.
Post # 7
I don’t really think the Shred helps lose weight on the scale. I do think it helps build muscle and tone. I have been doing it and eating healthy for quite some time now and I have only lost 1 pound. However, I do feel great after doing it and I do notice that I’m in better shape than I was when I started.
Post # 8
Well, muscle weighs more than fat, so if you are building muscle, you probably won’t see much change in weight. Once you build all the muscle, then the fat starts to burn…..I think muscles eat fat when you work them 🙂 Feed your muscles. (at least thats what I remember from health class in high school)
Post # 9
I think the Shred would be a great start for you…I’m not doing any dieting at all. I made a life change slowly and for about 3 months I did weight watchers (not hard core though…I didnt really count everything…I just used it as a guide) and I lost my 10 pounds in no time. You should try it! FI has lost 45 pounds so far! I’m so proud of him for jumping on board with me!
Its not too late to start eating better (more veggies with spray butter rather than real butter, brown rice rather than white rice, foods with a lot of fiber etc). You’ll see results before your wedding day! 🙂
Post # 10
about "muscles eat fat" – what i’ve heard is that every added pound of muscle "eats" a pound of fat per year. that is, it takes more calories to maintain muscle, so if you add muscle but don’t start eating more to make up for it, you’ll slowly lose weight over time because the added muscle has raised your metabolism.
Post # 11
THe only thing I’d caution you is that the DVD isn’t totally a weight loss DVD. Weight loss comes from cardio, and this is more about toning… my instructor at the gym has told me a million times that even if I have amazing abs, nobody can see them unless I slim down, because they’ll be great muscles covered in fat!!
Post # 12
So i looked it up on youtube! OMG I think I need to order it. I started to do crossfit with my FH, but its too expensive. Looks like its great to help tone up some!
Post # 13
If you have comcast, you should check to see if its still on the On Demand. Used to be.
Post # 14
Also, FYI, the whole workout is on youtube if you can’t buy it.