First off, I absolutely love this DVD!!! I'm stronger and more confident because I am so proud of myself that I have mastered Level 3.
The problem: After using this DVD for 2 months, I haven't lost fat. Before anyone asks, I completely understand the concept of "gaining muscle". I have absolutely gained muscle. But that muscle is hiding beneath the same layer of fat that I had BEFORE I bought this DVD. My new muscles have no definition. So now, yes, I'm gaining muscle but overall I just look like I'm gaining weight. I don't look more fit. I used to be Kelly Ripa petite and lean. Now I'm more Britney "four-frappacinos-a-day" Spears. My arms and legs are just getting bigger, not defined. They're just thick like tree trunks. At 5' 2" and 103 lbs I'm pretty small, but want to get rid of about an inch of fat that has appeared all over my body over the last couple of years, despite regular workouts. This DVD is so hardcore that I am very surprised it hasn't helped me lose that one inch of flab. I've cut back calories to try to aid the fat loss, but nothing's working.
On another note, I am using 5 lb weights. Is that too much weight? Perhaps lighter weights would give me that lean, defined look I'm going for? Being short, gaining too much muscle just makes me look bigger and "thick", not lean and lithe, which is what I'm going for.