Rss Feed
Tweeter button
Facebook button

Discouraged with P90X

Probably once a day I have someone email me and tell me they are discouraged with P90X and the results they have gotten, or lack of, from the program. Usually they are about a month or a month and a half into the program, and haven’t seen the weight/fat loss that they were expecting. About 98% of the time, it’s because they didn’t follow the P90X diet (Nutrition Guide), and this can be a little frustrating to me because most of the time this comes from people that I coach. Why is this frustrating? Every time someone new emails me, I always tell them that the diet is the most important part of the program, and what ultimately determines how great of results they get. I say that results come from 80% diet and 20% workouts, and that’s not an exaggeration either. You can ask anyone, including Tommy Mygrant, and he will say the exact same thing. From both of our experiences, diet plays the major role in what kind of results you get. So why is it that people take the diet lightly, and feel that exercise makes up the 80%?

When people see the P90X infomercial and see the crazy P90X results, they immediately get excited because they now have hope that they can get into excellent shape! Is this a legitimate hope? OF COURSE! To be honest, I don’t feel there is a better all around program out there, just as long as you follow it properly. That is where the issue comes in. We are a lazy country, and whenever something takes hard work, we flee from it, and look for an easy alternative. This is why you see so many diet pills, stupid exercise equipment, etc. all over TV. These products promise great results, but there is always a teeny tiny disclaimer that says that results come from the product, along with a strict diet and exercise regimen. Whenever hard work is involved, most people move in the other direction.

There is no going around it, P90X is hard. Period. Most people won’t commit themselves to the diet or the workouts, but those of us who do discover great rewards. Who are these people? Just look at the best success stories on YouTube, Facebook, and even the Beachbody site. I guarantee you that if you asked them how they got the results they did, each one of them would tell you that it takes 110% effort to both the diet and workouts. Do you think we had a cheat meal each week? No. Did we skip a workout? No. Did we ever give in to ridicule and temptations. Nope. That’s the reason we have been more successful than everyone else.

So if you are discouraged with P90X, what are you going to do? Are you going to give up? Or are you actually going to take accountability for your actions and change them from here on out? Like I said, if you can’t commit yourself to the diet, you can forget about getting outstanding results. How serious are you about changing your life? If you truly want to live a healthier lifestyle, then you will stop making the excuses, and do what you have to do to succeed. Everyone has the same chances to succeed with this program, but most people don’t because they don’t have the mental strength it takes to commit 110% to both the diet and workouts. I can tell you right now that if you can commit for the entire 90 days, you will thank me the day after you finish round 1, and then you will look for another program to take your fitness to the next level. STOP THE EXCUSES AND COMMIT!


  1. Josh, I couldn’t have said it better myself!! I’m so tired of hearing “it doesn’t work for me”!!!! I WILL WORK FOR YOU IF YOU DO IT RIGHT AND COMMIT!!!! Great post!!!

  2. Dan /

    About 9 months before I got P90X I basically started the P90x diet without knowing it. When I made the decision to lose weight, I weighed 235 lbs. 9 months later, when I started P90X I weighed 175 lbs. Now after 1 year of P90X I am at 165 lbs. 80% of the weightloss came from diet alone, no workouts at all. The biggest key for me was giving up sugar. Anything that was obvious sugar, candy, gummy bears, sweedish fish(mmmmmm, I miss the fish), candy bars, cake, ice cream, and soda – anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup, I gave it all up. And I did it Cold Turkey! Josh, you are right, The Diet is the key.

  3. Rob /

    Right on Brother. I am currently station half way around the world and while away from our families, most guy do a lot of working out. The problems isn’t that they aren’t getting any bigger. The problem is that they are not gettign any leaner they are just building muscle covered by fat. Because they don’t follow a diet plan and don’t want to commit to eating right, they complain how they aren’t getting cut. Of course they are doing this at night with a beer in thier hand.

    Most of these guys have been awy from their families for several months and have been working out the whole time. I have been here for 3 weeks and have already lost almost a full inch around my waist. Of course thos 3 weeks have been straight P90X and a strict diet. Not to mention that most of these guys actually have the P90X program but cry that it is too hard. Well, they are right. It is hard. But you have to be ready for it. You have to want it.

    I tell them that I am going home ripped and looking great and all I here is how I can’t do it because they haven’t seen those types of results. I’m doing doubles now and have discovered that I actually like to run. I can actually feel myself getting tighter and leaner.

    Now I have people coming up to me and asking if they can come workout with me at the gym. I tell them that if they come, that they have to be committed. I don’t want to hear them cry about how tough it is. I am in it to win it. It took me 20 years to find P90X. by that I mean, I have never found a program that made me want to do the work and get the results, until now. I am in the best shape that I have been in in over 15 years. I work hard in the gym, but I work even harder at the diet.

    I retire from the Navy in 6 months. I plan on being in better shape then when I joined. And you know what……I will be. Thank you P90X!

  4. Josh /

    You nailed it bro! There are so many people out there that want to take the easy way out and expect amazing results, whether it’s with their fitness level or their financial situation. Why do you think so many people play the lottery? They rely on luck to reach their financial goals. It just doesn’t work that way. If you want to take your entire life to the next level, then you must work hard towards it. It’s no surprise that I’m the Top Coach in the nation because I have worked my tail off to get to this point. My goal was to create financial freedom for my family and I, and guess what, I reached that goal, and won’t ever have to worry about bills again. The fact is that if you want to succeed in life, you must work for it.

  5. Josh /

    Diet is key! Glad you understood that while going through your P90X journey, and is why you’ve lost so much weight.

  6. Sean /

    Great post Josh. I totally agree that people, including myself, watch the P90X infomercial, view youtube videos of dramatic results, and then expect to have washboard abs overnight. I am as guilty as the next and was disappointed with my 30 day results. I was disappointed because I was comparing my weight loss in pounds to some other people in youtube videos who are posting 15 lbs drops, and thinking why did I only lose 5 lbs. Well, I now know my first mistake was using the scale as my basis, and not my body fat percentage. I got to thinking, as my clothes are fitting better, even a little loose, and that the 5 lbs I lost was actual fat. I am using heavy weights during the workouts and even adding 2nd workout runs, 3 days a week. Knowing that it takes a deficit of 3,500 calories to burn a pound of fat, and knowing that I am at a weekly deficit of around 3,500 – 4,000 calories, then that would mean I lost 1 lb of fat per week. And after my 30 days, that would put me at 4-5 lb fat loss, and no muscle loss. I decided to chart my weight loss and body fat, so that I could reasonably project when I should really start seeing the benefits of my hard work.

    26-Apr 3-May 10-May 17-May
    Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
    Weight (lbs) 218 217 216 214
    Body Fat % 16% 16% 15% 14%
    Fat (lbs) 35 34 33 31
    Muscle (lbs) 183 183 183 183

    Knowing that 6 pack abs really do not start showing until the < 11% BF level, I know that I have at least 30 – 45 more days at my current rate to get there. Then at Day 90, I should hopefully be in the 10 – 11% body fat range.

    It all takes a lot of hard work, accountability, and discipline, but it also requires us to have realistic goals, so that we do not get discouraged after 30 days. I hope this helps anyone else fight through the same disappointment I was faced with.

  7. Josh /

    Thanks for posting!

  8. Alberto /

    My first post on your motivation forum, i hope it helps. Although it is true the fact about how important the diet is, i realized something really important (at least for me). When i was in the gym i always loved to do all the upper areas of my body, i loved doing lots of bench press and working with lots of types of arm curls, but i always hated working my legs. Now with P90X i have the same feeling i had with my legs but now it is in all my body!! It is like when we start watching Tony speaking at the beggining of Ab Ripper X and he says “i hate it but i love it”. Now i understand that when i was training my legs i hated it because i was out of my “comfort zone” and my legs were the only part of my body that i was training for real!! With P90X i’m always way out of my comfort zone (for example, in the past i always hated doing push ups, but i loved doing bench press, so imagine), and now i understand all of this facts. It is true that P90X as a whole (diet and workout) is hard, but if you understand it in your own point of view (as i did with the “zones”) then you will begin to focus on your effort instead of being discouraged by the difficulty of the program.

  9. Josh /

    @Alberto. Well said! Thanks for posting.

  10. Chris /

    Starting P90x tomorrow. Went out today and bought all of the things that you are supposed to eat on the program, and only those. I am cutting everything else out of my diet. Threw out all other foods that weren’t listed. Reading this at this point has reassured me that this is the way to do it, 100% by the book. I’m 6’2 230lb now, and know that at 29, it’s time for me to change my life for the better, for good. Thanks for the inspiration through your understanding of the program

  11. Josh /

    @Chris. Glad you found the post helpful bro! Let me know if you have any questions when going through it. Oh and have you made me your coach yet? If not, make sure you do by going to this link!

  12. Richfrog /

    I have been on p90x for a year. “I bring it!!” I am dissapointed. I got some great results but I plateaued and the belly fat will not come off. And yes I “ATE MORE” and guess what that got me? Go on guess?

    I gained more belly fat!!!! So I created a deficit. Guess what? No change.

    I have made peace with the belly fat. P90x does not work perfectly for everybody. It’s cool and I still do it every day. But it will not work for everyone.

  13. @Richfrog. It doesn’t mean it isn’t for everyone, it means that you have to make changes. What those changes are, I don’t know yet, but we can figure them out. First of all, how many calories are you taking in? Are you eating 100% clean? Are you working out every day? Also, I want you to try to stay more positive. A book that I read that changed my life is called “The Magic of Thinking Big” by Da vid Schwartz. Go out and get it and commit to reading 10 pages every day.

Leave a Reply