Ask Calorie Ken: P90X and Weight Loss

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Dear Calorie Ken, I recently completed the P90X work out program.  In addition to P90X, I've been running 3-5 miles 5x/week.  I have only lost 3 pounds, and I am wondering if you think I should have lost more weight.
Kris in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Dear Kris,
P90X and a 3-5 mile jog 5 times/week?  Calorie Ken thinks the Insanity workout might have been a better choice for you because he really does think you might be a little "tetched in the head." P90X has a cardio component, and if you were doing it plus the running, then I'm surprised you're not dead.  

P90X and Insanity are two of several intensive exercise programs, each with a nutrition component, available at P90X promises, "In just 90 days, you can get back in shape, or build the body you've always wanted. All you need is a set of dumbbells or resistance bands, a pull-up bar, and about an hour a day."

Programs like these work as advertised if you strictly adhere to them, but you also have to consider your baseline. Did you really need to lose much weight in the first place, or did you just need to tone up?  The folks who experience dramatic weight loss probably had a lot of weight to lose, and I'm guessing you didn't.

I'd also bet that, if you modified the exercise component, you might have been a bit creative with the nutrition component. Even though you didn't lose much weight, I suspect your body fat percentage is lower, and you are more toned and muscular than you were when you started. I bet your clothes fit better too.  

Sometimes, we need to jumpstart ourselves, and intensive programs like P90X can help us do that. Calorie Ken admires your commitment, Kris, but encourages you to be kind to your body and your soul, and focus that commitment on the long-term with consistent, sustainable exercise, healthy eating, and realistic expectations.

There's only one thing Calorie Ken encourages doing like a rabbit, and this ain't it.  Slow and steady wins this race.


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For two years, Ken Brooks (Calorie Ken) was a volunteer in the Tufts University CALERIE Study. He is now a nutrition evangelist. Send your nutrition, weight management, general health and exercise questions to

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