Sure! To change the age and fitness level, go to the upper right-hand corner of any page where your picture and username are, and click on the down arrow. Click the first option - My Profile. Now click the yellow "Edit Profile" button that shows up under your picture on that new page. Then, on the next new page, on the right-hand side, three boxes down, there is a box that says "Customize your DailyBurn". Click the hyperlink in that box for "answers to the Dailyburn questionnaire". Then you're finally at the page where you can update those!
What I've read about this in the past is that DB uses an algorithm to determine calories burned based upon gender, age, the weight you enter, and what fitness level you have entered - either when you first signed up or by adjusting that in your profile (beginner, intermediate, advanced). Of course the best way to get an accurate count is to use some sort of heart rate monitor since each person's physical health also impacts how many calories you burn during a workout.
I also did Cardio Sculpt after I finished True Beginner and found that it was a good progression. I was worried at that time that I wouldn't be able to keep up with Cardio Sculpt, but they have different levels of difficulty (modifiers) for almost every move, so it was no problem.
I did Total Cardio after I finished Cardio Sculpt, and by that time I could do it, but like swimjim said, I think it would have been way too hard if I'd tried it after True Beginner since I was probably too heavy and not strong enough at that point.
I've also seen that Justin says it's okay to go back and do True Beginner a second time if you start Cardio Sculpt and are struggling. But I think you'll be fine! Good luck!
You said you've tried a number of sites, so I apologize if you've already tried this one, but I use myfitnesspal.com (which also has an app for different platforms so you can take it on the go). When you create an account (it's free of charge with no hidden add-ons), you enter your current weight and your goal - lose weight at certain amounts per week, maintain weight, gain weight, etc. - and your base activity level. It then calculates for you how many calories you should have each day to meet your goal and measures your progress each day toward that number as you enter your foods and exercise.
What could help in regard to your carb intake question is that it doesn't just measure and give targets for calories - it also measures carbs, sugars, fats, protein, sodium, and if you adjust settings, you can see even more. It uses a basic target percentage of daily intake for those categories and gives you the number you should be consuming for your goal, and you could also adjust that to target different percentages. It's a great way to keep track of each category and balance your diet. Like tbell072 said, you would be able to see those hidden carbs and not let them get you off track.
I hope that might help as an option for you to look into.
From what I understand, Intelliburn supposedly uses some sort of algorithm to determine what each day's workout will be, partly by assessing the previous day's workout, so it cannot have a pre-planned calendar like the other programs do.
I'm doing Intelliburn now after having done several other programs, and I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of not being able to see what my workout schedule will be. Even a week at a time would be good.
I agree 100% with what GalacticHero said, and I'd also add that as you start a new exercise program, you'll need to keep in mind that if this is new for your body, you're going to be building muscle along with losing fat. So you may see that you're getting slimmer and more toned (along with all of the other great benefits like better cardiovascular heath, mobility, flexibility, and balance), but your scale may not change as much as you'd like at times. From personal experience, I'd say it would be a good idea to take measurements as well as weigh yourself. You might experience a quick weight loss in the first month and then see yourself toning more than losing for a while.
As far as losing 40lbs in a year, I think it's absolutely possible. Yesterday I had my one-year "anniversary" of starting my weight loss journey, and I've lost 86lbs. You can definitely reach your goal with determination!
How many calories you'd burn during each exercise depends a lot upon your weight, age, which level of difficulty you're doing during the workout, and how in shape you already are. The site gives you an estimated calories burned during and after each workout based upon the information you provided when you signed up and as you update your weight, so you would know approximately how many calories you've burned, even without the heart rate monitor.
Cardio Sculpt is a great program for someone who doesn't need True Beginner but isn't already basically an athlete like Inferno requires, but there are many programs in Cardio Sculpt that are longer than 30 minutes (more like 35-45 and one is 50).
You could always use Discover, filter the workouts by Difficulty Level (on the right-hand side), and then you can see each Intermediate workout and how long it is. It's not a program that way, but it may fit your time needs and difficulty level better, and it would include the 15-minute workouts in the results as well.
Good luck! I bet you'll find Daily Burn is going to keep you coming back!
Like swimjim said, I'm also not a doctor nor a nutritionist, but as we all know, the key is going to be balancing your diet. It sounds like you may not be eating enough carbs or fat. Good fats are essential for proper brain functioning, so having Omega 3's in something like salmon, avocado, nuts, or a supplement like Flaxseed is actually important.
Regarding too much protein, it is a great fuel for your body since we can't store it or produce it, and for someone living a healthy lifestyle, it's a staple for muscle building and repair. It also helps keep you full.
Based on how you described your daily meals, I doubt you're getting too much protein, you might just want to make sure you're getting that balanced diet.
erinkking is absolutely correct about not needing weights at all or just having what you suggested - a set of light and a set of heavy weights. You can use those for the routines that suggest a medicine ball as well. There are some routines that use a step for a few exercises, but that's typically to add more of a challenge and you can do those exercises without the step (they show you how). A yoga mat is good for the yoga / mobility days to keep you from slipping around if you don't feel you'd need it for support for the situps. I have carpet and use the yoga mat just for the slippage factor.
Just FYI - I've done True Beginner, Cardio Sculpt, Total Cardio, and Intelliburn, plus a few workouts through the Discover option, and that's what I've experienced in my 6+ months with the workouts on here.
I have been using Daily Burn since the end of December and have lost 38 lbs and 4 dress sizes since starting it. I've only done the workouts and not Ignite, since I had been following a diet / health regimen for six months before joining and was already eating really clean.
I started with True Beginner since I had only been doing my treadmill in the six months before that and wasn't sure about my ability to keep up with full-on cardio workouts, but then I moved on to Cardio Sculpt, Total Cardio, and now I'm doing Intelliburn. Obviously I've lost weight, but I've seen a huge change in my cardiovascular health, toning, and strength since joining as well.
I hope that's helpful. I'm happy to answer any questions. Good luck!
You've already gotten a lot of great answers, but I'll also chime in that I've been doing Daily Burn since the end of December and still love it. I've done True Beginner, Cardio Sculpt, Total Cardio, and am now doing Intelliburn. I'm also crossing my fingers that they add a Kickboxing program since those videos in the Cardio Sculpt series are my favorites.
I was already on a weight loss / healthier living regimen before I started Daily Burn, but overall I've lost 7 dress sizes and 85 lbs in what's coming up on a year. If I'm remembering correctly, half of that has been since joining Daily Burn, with definitely better progress in the toning and shaping department since joining.
Daily Burn really keeps me excited and looking forward to exercising. The trainers are great, the videos are challenging but with enough options of programs and modifiers that you can keep up at your own pace (whether that's higher or lower or right on track), and the options to do programs or use discover to mix things up keep it interesting. I actually live where going to the gym is time and cost prohibitive (it's almost 40 minutes one way to a gym), so Daily Burn is a life-saver for me. Plus, I personally think $10/month is a great deal.
I hope you stick with it, and best of luck in whatever you're looking to do to/for your body and your health!
I started with True Beginner, then did Cardio Sculpt, then Total Cardio, and now I'm trying out Intelliburn. When I finished True Beginner, I felt that although I was getting a workout, I was ready to move on because I could do all of the moves easily. If you're still struggling a bit with True Beginner, I've seen it suggested by Justin and other Daily Burn staff that you do another round before moving on.
If you feel that you're ready to try something new, Cardio Sculpt is a great option. It progresses in difficulty over the three months, and each workout has at one, if not two, modifiers to suit your difficulty level. You could do it without any equipment (and they show you how), but if you'd like the equipment, you'll need a few of sets of dumbells (a light one, like maybe 2.5-3 lb, 5 lb, and maybe a 7.5 or 10 lb if you've got strong arms). You'll also want a 4 or 6 lb cardio ball (I use a 6), a yoga mat, and a step with risers.
Total Cardio is also a good program, but a few of the workouts are body-weight only and I personally think require more strength and flexibility than I would have had if I had done it after True Beginner. If you already feel really strong, Total Cardio is great for strengthening and toning. You don't need anything except a yoga mat for it, although two exercises in one video use a cardio ball, but you could also substitute a 5 or 7.5 lb dumbell.
Whatever you end up choosing, good luck! I hope it goes well and you keep hanging in there and seeing results!
I've seen one of the Daily Burn staff members say that they consulted Justin on this, and he recommends doing another round of True Beginner if it's still challenging for you, just try to maybe do some of the moves more advanced and/or pick up the pace as you can.
When I was starting out, I did True Beginner and then Cardio Sculpt, and True Beginner was fairly easy for me at the end, so I found Cardio Sculpt a nice challenge to move on to, but it may be a little tough if you're still building up stamina, mobility, and endurance. You could always start Cardio Sculpt and go back to True Beginner if you wanted to see how it goes.
I think it's important to consider how you're measuring "results". Do you mean that you haven't lost weight? Have you lost any inches? Do your clothes fit better? Are you more toned? Can you see an improvement in your cardiovascular health, stamina, strength, flexibility, etc.? Has your BMI gone down?
From reading the community Q&A's here for the past several months, and also from my own experience, I know that many people don't lose weight during the first month or so on Cardio Sculpt, but they do see their clothes fit better and they feel better. I definitely noticed a change in my body when I did Cardio Sculpt, and I ended up losing 20 lbs by the end of the program.
If you are looking at all of those factors when you say you aren't seeing results, maybe some changes to your diet could help. Of course overall calorie consumption should be considered, but also how healthy and clean your diet is. Eating lots of vegetables and lean proteins, soluble fiber, good fats, and fresh fruits will help speed up the process of looking and feeling better.
Regardless of how you measure results, exercising every day and being mindful of your diet will definitely pay off for your overall health and well-being.