You can't change the program, although you can use the Discover feature to select any workout from any program.
Standard preface: I'm not a nutrition professional and this advice is quite possibly worth what you're paying for it ;D
1200 is pretty low, even for a very small person, especially if you are expending a lot of calories on exercise, but I agree it's in the safe zone. It may be difficult though to be sure you're getting all the micronutrients you need and you have to be very careful with calorie measurement. Just a single banana or apple is going to be around 10% of your daily calories, etc.
Also, metabolism calculations are just an approximation that can't take into account everything about you. For instance, if your weight is close is healthy and you're only trying to lose 5 pounds, it is not likely you can lose 2 pounds per week. Your body is going to hold onto those last 5 much hard than, for instance the first 5 out of 50.
Another thing is just normal weight fluctuation. Two glasses of water weigh a pound. The suggested daily intake of water is 8 - 10 glasses or 4 to 5 pounds. Or course you body "releases" water every day too, but not necessarily the same amount you take in. In the short term the underlying weight loss is easily hidden beneath the noise from variations of how much liquid and solid are presently in your system.
That's how it's supposed to be, at least, that's how it was when I did it. FYI you can use the Discover feature on the Workouts page and see all the workouts for True Beginner (or any other program.) There are three distinct TB workouts for the first set of two weeks and three for the second set of two weeks plus 15 Minute Mobility once per week.
Also, the 15 Minute Mobility is a rest day
I gained some on Cardio Sculpt as well even though I was feeling much stronger and better. Focusing on the workouts took my attention away from nutrition, plus I was just hungrier and consumption had crept up.
Have a look at this article:
The summary is we are not so good at estimating food eaten or exercise done. As they say, "Your results may vary," but I find this is the case most of the time.
I wear a heart rate monitor when I do the workouts so get a pretty good idea of the calorie used. For me one of the 45 minute Cardio Sculpt workouts racks up between 500 and 700 calories. Keep in mind that I'd probably burn 100ish calories in that time just sitting on my butt; so that's maybe as few as 400 extra calories used. My protein shakes with some fruit and chia seeds run around 300 calories; so if I added one of those post workout I could almost use up the extra calories burnt.
It is true that increased exercise can increase muscle mass and that is the goal, but it is actually not that easy to achieve. You said that your body measurements had gained inches so in this case it backs up what the scale says.
The usual disclaimers: I am neither a nutritionist nor any other sort of health professional. What worked for me is taking a better look at what I was eating.
Not in a really satisfying way but if you are using a PC and browser to access DB you can display the calendar, do a screen capture, paste the capture into Paint and print from there. Repeat for each page of a multi page calendar.
That applies to Windoze, but I'm assuming something similar exists in Macland.
$120 up front.
You don't have to do the nutrition program at all. I have my own nutrition plan that is working for me and only subscribe to the workout videos.
Cocoa is my go-to flavoring for smoothies, but I don't mind the flavor of protein powder. How about other spices like cinnamon or ginger?
Aside from liquid uses, how about one of the various protein powder pancakes? Here's some DB suggestions:
Another alternative is to treat it like the workouts and persevere and overcome it :D
There are different approaches. Some suggest weighing every week or even less frequently. This allows time for the fat loss to build up and "overcome" the fluctuations; however, you are exchanging frequent small surprises for less frequent large surprises as every month or so one of your weigh-ins will be on one of the highest/lowest points in the fluctuations.
My preference is to weigh every morning in as close to as possible identical conditions: after the bathroom, before and food or drink and in only underwear. Then I make a graph of the weigh-ins that the shows the trend line. This is pretty much just the average of the last 7 - 14 day's weights. You don't have to figure it out yourself. The previously mentioned Hacker's Diet has an online graphing app. I use Fitbit, which conveniently has a partner app called TrendWeight that automatically gathers my data and displays the trend line.
The trend line has the up and down fluctuations filtered out and shows a much clearer picture of what's going on under the daily water/bulk variations.
There is a gotcha: you have to ignore the raw data and trust the trend line. It doesn't do any good to plot the trend, but then still get freaked out by a big jump up (or overjoyed but a big drop.)
I like the "rubber bag" explanation in The Hacker's Diet. There is an online version:
The punchline about water:
The bottom line is that a lot of water as well as bulk indigestible material passes into and out of your system. This amount varies every day and tends to be larger than the amount of daily fat weight change.
This is for Windows using Chrome, so adjust to your situation.
First I tried just using Print from tools menu, but since the monthly calendar is a popup, it did not seem to render correctly. Then I tried Alt-PrtScn to capture the window to the clipboard, pasted it into the Paint program, and then you can print from there. If there's a less lame method, I missed it.
All vinegar is made by fermenting an alcoholic beverage with acetic acid bacteria. No alcohol remains. I'm not an expert on Ignite, but if you're allowed vinegar at all, I don't see that it matters which sort (I'm presuming the prohibition in on alcohol.)
That is true, but there can be large weight fluctuations from weight of water retained and varying amounts of food "in transit". If you only weigh weekly you run the risk of one of those large up or down variations hitting on your weigh in day and either being discouraged (or incorrectly encouraged) by an irrelevant change.
For me, the solution was using The Hacker's Diet and a similar app called TrendWeight which implements the same idea for Fitbit users. You weigh every day (same time, clothes and conditions as closely as you can manage.) The program will plot a trend line through the daily weights which removes the noise of the daily fluctuations.
Although I like many of the ideas in The Hacker's Diet, you do not have to buy into that to use its online trend line tool.
The Hacker's Diet
I found the Yin Yoga to be challenging, but doable.