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I completed the Insanity 9 week workout program about a month ago.  I lost 15 pound and clearly gain some muscle.  While on the 6 workouts per week, I also went to the gym for basketball 3 times a week, for 9 workouts per week.  Since Insanity is done, I use it once per week, run once or twice and still go to the gym 3 times per week.  I'm still losing weight, but maybe more than I'd expect to; about 6 more pound in 3-4 weeks.

Taking the focus off muscle building with calorie burning cardio - Insanity workouts, could I be losing muscle mass already, or is it more likely metabolism is up and 5-6 work out per week is enough to maintain and lose more weight?  3-4 workouts per week were my previous routine and my weight never fluctuated or improved from my heavy 220+ weight.  I just don't want my continued weight loss to be muscle and not fat.

Thank you in advance for you time and expertise.

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Hi Michael

Roughly 2 lbs per week is considered normal on any program, in fact ideal on most. It is likely that you are actually building muscle which is in turn burning the fat, so at this point I would not be too concerned. If the constant 2 lbs a week continue for a long period like 20 or more weeks then zI would check with a physician regarding any possible underlying medical problems.

It is very likely that your metabolism is up due to the activity and once the body becomes accustomed to that the weight loss will begin to decrease.

Hope this helps

Have a great day

Jerry  

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I can answer questions related to any of the following areas alternative medicine, fitness, physical education, weight training, senior health, bicycling, personal trainers, personal training, medical technology, health and wellness, eating disorders, weight loss, Naturopathy, first aid, and bodybuilding. In fact I was listed as an expert in each of these categories at askme.com until they closed down

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I have worked in health and or fitness related capacities for over 30 years. My main profession is that of a Medical Technologist, but I also have training as a Corpsman with the US Navy, a Field Medic with the Army National Guard,and am certified as A Personal Trainer, Medical Exer-therapist and Aerobics Instructor through the National Academy for Health and Fitness. My wife and I have operated BMG Services Fitness and Nutrition in Moultrie Georgia since 1995. I also have an Associates Degree in Computer Robotics. I am an avid bicycle rider, mostly road riding with the occasional mountain trail or off road "experience". My wife and I usually do a charity ride at least once per year to help those less fortunate. Degrees & Certifications: Certifications include Clinical Laboratory Scientist CLS/NCA. Clinical Laboratory Technologist CLT/HHS Personal Trainer, Aerobics Instructor, and Medical Exer-therapist NAHF. Advance Weight Training through NAHF. Accepted as AFTA Associate Awards include the Ohio State Award of Merit and Ohio Special Services Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal and 2 Army Achievement Medals CPR re-Certifcation 2007 Web page: http://www.bmgfitness.com http;//www.healthandfitnessebookclub.com

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