As I have talked about before, the most important part of the P90X program is the Nutrition Guide. I tell all the people that I coach that results come from 80% diet and 20% workouts, and that’s not an exaggeration either! If you want results, you must commit to the diet! For most people, sticking with a clean diet is the toughest part of the program because their old habits automatically try to creep back into their new, healthy lifestyle. You might find yourself thinking, “One piece of cake isn’t going to hurt, is it?” One piece of cake leads to two, and then you start slacking more and more on your diet as each week passes. Once that happens, your results slow or stop, you get discouraged, and then end up quitting the program because you lost motivation. I’ve seen it happen WAY too many times before! So what are some things that you can do to commit to the P90X diet?
Tip #1: Clean out your kitchen! If you don’t have any junk food around, you can’t eat it, can you? This was the first thing I did when I received P90X. I went through my fridge, cupboards, drawers, and threw away every bit of junk food I had. I couldn’t believe how much money I had wasted on food that was going to hurt my health! There were times during my first round that I craved sweets, but didn’t have the option to eat them because they weren’t there! Get rid of all your junk food!
Tip #2: Stay accountable with me! One thing that many of the people I coach do is log what they eat into www.fitday.com and send 2 or 3 days of results at the end of the week through email. When you send me the results, you sure don’t want to have a bad Fit Day because you know what will happen! Yeah, that’s right, I’ll get on your case! I have found that the people who send me their results are the most successful with P90X! If I’m not your coach yet, click here to do so!
Tip #3: Read through the “Motivation” section of this site over and over again! I highly recommend reading through posts like “Positive Little Things For Success,” “What’s Your Why?,” “The Mental Side of P90X,” and many, many more. Each of these helps tremendously with staying motivated enough to commit to the diet!
Tip #4: Set goals! When you set specific goals for yourself and write them down, you’re much more likely to stay on track to reach them. For example, if you make a specific goal to lose 30lbs by the end of your 90 days with P90X, you are going to do everything you can to reach that goal because you have a certain number set in your head. If someones’ goal is just to lose weight with P90X, that person is more and likely going to stray off track, lose motivation, and quit the program. Make sure you write down your goals and put them somewhere for you to see everyday, such as right next to your computer or bed.
Tip #5: Resist Temptations! You’re going to find that everyone, even your family, is going to do anything possible to make you feel guilty for choosing a healthy lifestyle. You might get made fun of by your friends for drinking water while they are all drinking beer, or eating a protein bar while they’re eating pizza. The people who have the most success with P90X are the one’s who are able to stay strong and resist those temptations. You have a goal to reach, and cheating on your diet is not going to help you reach that goal! I’ve been doing P90X for 2 years, and there are still people who make fun of me or try to tempt me to something I know isn’t good for me, but I always kindly refuse.
Now you have some tips in order to stay committed to the P90X diet! Remember, the diet is the most important part of the program!