I haven't done cardio ball, but I have substituted a dumbbell for the medicine ball before. Mostly because the lightest ball I could find is 6lbs, and sometimes I need 4lbs to work up to 6lbs. As long as you can do the move safely and feel the same muscles working I'm sure it's fine.
I kind of did the same path both of you did. By the time I was done with Cardio Sculpt I thought, well, I wasn't able to do ALL the things on advanced, so maybe I should go through it again. After about 3 days into my second round of CS, I was really feeling awesome. I could do ALL the hard things. So I thought I might benefit from starting a round of Inferno. Well, lemme tell ya!! Inferno will make you feel like a total beginner again! Haha. I love it. I definitely can't do all the things as quickly or as well as the instructors, but it is more of a challenge than CS had become. So, I recommend Inferno, but don't get discouraged if you find it difficult. Just keep at it!
I personally use a heart rate monitor. I don't use the totals they offer at all. Sometimes I'll get as much as 150 calorie difference, plus or minus.
I think each person varies. I will go weeks without seeing a weight change, or weeks with weight gain...and then one morning I'll have dropped 5 lbs. I don't really understand how it works. My scale has kind of stopped moving in the last month, which makes me sad. I do get comments from people that I appear to have lost weight though. And I am definitely stronger. I take measurements once a month now. You would think after a certain point, even if you are exchanging fat for muscle, the scale does have to go down eventually. I dunno. I wish you luck!! I hope to hear later that you've seen progress!
I have this issue as well.
I am finishing Cardio Sculpt tomorrow. I have enjoyed the program, and I have seen improvement for sure. I definitely couldn't do all the advanced moves even at the end. Should I repeat the program again? My main goal is weight loss, with a need for some toning, especially in the core and upper body. I still have about 20lbs to go.
I have a crazy work/college schedule, so working out in the evening after I get done is my best time. So far it's working great!
Although the bun has gluten/wheat, and ketchup has a LOT of sugar...
Welcome, both of you! Honestly, the community here is kind of touch and go. There are some really helpful people that answer questions as they can, but there's no guarantee when they're around. The DailyBurn support staff answers sometimes as well, but I don't thing there's enough of them to support the influx of new people. Often their answers seems sort of canned, but not always. I think this site has a lot of potential, but it almost seems like they launched a little too soon. There are parts that feel unfinished. I certainly have seen results from my personal exercise routine on here, and so I have stayed past the trial. It's worth a try for sure. I am hoping in time they catch up with what they are actually trying to do. If they do, it will be a great site.
Yes, I do! I like it a lot. It's not the most AMAZING flavor, but it's good. I use both vanilla and chocolate. :) And as far as I can tell from reading the label, it's good for Ignite.
You might try just adding things to what you're already eating. I'm not sure if you're on the ignite phase, but if not, you can add a little cheese to things to bump up the calorie content. Almond butter is a good one too. Any nuts are great calories. I know it's hard to eat when you don't want too. I wish I had that problem. I eat when I shouldn't!
Are you eating 1200-1500 calories a day, and then burning 500-700 of those calories you ate, for a total calorie consumption of between 500-1000 calories? If so, you are NOT eating enough. You need a minimum of 1200 calories to keep your body from thinking it's being thrown into starvation so it clings to everything it can.
I would recommend arrowroot. It's a natural thickener, but doesn't have any of the evil 6 in it.
I use PlantFusion. It meets the requirements and is cheaper. It's still around $40, but better than $65. Good luck!
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