If I am your coach, then you already know which part of P90X I feel is the most important. If I’m not your coach, then it’s time that you understand that the diet makes up about 80% of your results! Think I’m exaggerating? Think again! If you want to get EXREME P90X results like I did, then you must commit to the diet just as much as you do the workouts. I come across too many people who think that they can just do the workouts and have a crazy P90X transformation, but that’s so far from the truth, and those are the people who usually get discouraged after a month or so into the program and quit. If you want results, follow the P90X Nutrition Guide!
If you ordered P90X from me, you received the P90X Nutrition Guide with the package, which, like I said, is the most important part of the program. When I first started P90X, I knew that if I wanted to really get outstanding results, I needed to completely change the way I ate and follow the Nutrition Guide, and that’s exactly what I did. I went from eating chicken fingers, fries, ice cream, and oreos every day to eating 100% clean. Believe me, it’s not easy to do, but I knew that I had to make sacrifices to get make great changes. If you’re serious about changing your life, then you need to do the same.
So what’s all involved with the P90X diet? The Nutrition Guide has 3 phases, and you will change to a new phase each month. The first phase is called the Fat Shredder Phase, and it involves a low carb and high protein intake. You will actually be following a fat/carbs/protein % of 20/30/50 while in phase 1, and you can keep track of that by logging what you eat into www.fitday.com. Make sure you log what you eat every day into FitDay because it will help TREMENDOUSLY with your results! I actually have a sample fat shredder diet here on the site, and you can get there by clicking here. You will gradually increase the carbs through phases 2 and 3, and follow a fat/carb/protein % of 20/40/40 and then 20/50/30. However, if you want, there is nothing wrong with sticking with the Fat Shredder Diet for longer than the first month. I actually followed it for most of the entire first round!
One thing that I have found about the P90X Nutrition Guide, though, is that they slightly overstate the amount of calories to take in if you’re looking to lose weight. I was supposed to take in somewhere around 2,500 cals per day, but since I was looking to lose weight with P90X, I dropped down to around 1,900-2,100. I pretty much followed level one in the guide for the entire first round. I also found that there were quite a few foods that were either near impossible to make or I just didn’t like, so what I did was replace the ones listed with ones that were very similar in nutritional value. For example, instead of eating swordfish, I ate tilapia. I did this for many of the foods, and just made sure in FitDay I still had the correct ratios.
But what if you’re looking to strictly gain mass with P90X? If this is the case, then you will need to jump to Phase 3 in the Nutrition Guide and take in more calories. For example, after my first round of P90X, my goal was to gain mass, so I followed Phase 3 and increased my calories to around 3,100 per day. I also made a few other adjustments, and you can learn what those are by reading through the two posts about gaining mass with P90X in the “Workouts” section.
If you’re just starting P90X, remember that you must follow the P90X diet is you want great results!
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