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Sarah's Slim down: Week four of Inferno

Sarah Caron is a Connecticut-based freelance writer and editor. She lives with her wonderful husband, two adorable kids and two funny beagles. Check out her food blog at Sarah's Cucina Bella.

What isn't working

Ever wonder if a diet plan's claims are for real? We sure do — so we've decided to put health and diet plans to the test, starting with DailyBurn.com's Inferno program. Is it too good to be true?
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Sarah's Slim-Down: Week 4

What isn't working

Ever wonder if a diet plan's claims are for real? We sure do — so we've decided to put health and diet plans to the test, starting with DailyBurn.com's Inferno program. Is it too good to be true?

Sarah -- Week 4

After three weeks on the Inferno program with tips from DailyBurn.com, one thing is abundantly clear: These workouts aren't for someone who isn't already at least somewhat in shape. That's been kind of a problem for me, since I was decidedly out of shape before beginning.

On the positive, I am now working out three to four times each week and that's a big improvement. However, I didn't have any weight loss this week (um, again) and I am pretty frustrated.

On eating

A lot of the rules I can totally get behind. Starting the day with two glasses of water and staying hydrated? That makes sense — and my body feels better for doing that. Drinking a protein shake for breakfast? It's actually not so bad, and can be a good start to the day. Snacking smartly and feeling the difference between craving and hunger? Also great.

But where the program has lost me a little is on the eating. Though the guidelines do address some things you should be doing with your eating, it doesn't address the meals — the other times. Or even how much you should be eating.

Maybe I should just know. Maybe letting myself feel hungry, snacking smartly and starting the day with two glasses of water and a protein shake should be enough. But it's not. Between those times, should I be going heavy on protein and light on carbs? I know eating more fiber is essential (and have been doing that), but what about other nutrients?

And do calories, fat and sodium in my diet matter here?

A few days ago, I started using an iPhone app, MyNetDiary, to track some of my meals. That's helped some. But I think in a plan, for me at least, I really need a loose guideline for what the total eating picture should look like.

Working out ... and breaking rules

Sarah's stats:

Height: 5'6"

Starting weight: 194 pounds

Current weight: 192 pounds

Total loss: 2 pounds

The first week of this Insanity-like plan was... insane. I hurt from head to toe and was nursing an unrelated injury, too. The second week I dealt with working out outside of a gym routine (a.k.a. shoveling snow). Now, in week three I tried to get to a point where things just make sense for my life.

The more intense workouts sideline me for days, so I have been doing only part of them and supplementing with other workouts. I do the lower-intensity ones in full, and those are OK.

But this week, I got tired of skipping cardio. Part of my problem with the workouts is my current lack of endurance — which I don't see how I can fix without breaking the rule that says you should skip the cardio and do weights instead. So I just did it. I hit the gym for an intense spate on the elliptical followed by some leg exercises. And I felt good.

And yes, I am going to break that rule again this week. Here's to hoping I can wrap up this program with a bigger loss.

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