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My Diet With P90X!

*The portions are off with this diet, and therefore the amount of calories are not correctly portrayed. This is to give you an example of what I ate during my first round of P90X, not an exact plan to follow.*

Alright everyone, this is the post you all have been waiting on. *Drum roll please*…..My diet! I am going to go through my diet when I started P90X and my diet I’m currently on, and also mention just about every food that I eat!

Diet when first beginning the X..

Breakfast (8:30 am): Cheerios (because they are whole grain) with Non-Fat Milk, spoon full of peanut butter (protein), and a Protein Shake

Snack (10:30 am): P90X Protein bar

Lunch (12:00 pm): Grilled Chicken or Steak Salad with a Low-fat Dressing with an Apple

Snack (3:00 pm): String Cheese or 1% Cottage Cheese

Dinner (6:30 pm):Tilapia, Salmon, Grilled Chicken, or Steak with mixed Vegetables and a small side salad with low-fat dressing

Current Diet..

Breakfast (8:30 am): Bowl of Whole Grain Cereal (Cheerios, Raisin Bran) with Fat Free Milk, with a Spoon full of Peanut Butter, Protein Shake, 1% Cottage Cheese, and an Apple or Banana

Snack (10:30 am): Cup of Coffee (I HAVE to have my coffee now!), P90X Protein Bar, and an Apple -OR- Low-Fat String Cheese with an Apple

Lunch (12:00 pm): Large Grilled Chicken Salad -OR- Shrimp Salad with Tomato Soup -OR- Grilled Chicken Tenders with Corn, Applesauce, and Carrots

Snack (3:00 pm): Banana, Low-Fat String Cheese, Spoon full of Peanut Butter, 1% Cottage Cheese (Yes I know! That is a big snack!)

Dinner (6:00 pm): 2 Tilapia Loins, Mixed Veggies, Large Salad with Fat-Free Italian Dressing, 2 slices of Whole Grain Bread -OR- Grilled Chicken Tenders, Mixed Veggies, Small Salad, Slice of Whole Grain Bread -OR- Whole Grain Spaghetti with a Small Salad and slice of Whole Grain Bread

Post Workout: Recovery Drink and Protein Shake

Of course there are other meals that I eat, but those are the ones I eat most often. Below is a list of all the foods I can think of that I eat!

Whole grain cereal (Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Smart Start, Honey Bunches of Oats, Grape Nuts), whole grain bread, oatmeal, whole grain waffles with maple syrup, reduced fat peanut butter, egg whites, 1% cottage cheese, peanuts, nuts, low-fat string cheese, fat-free milk, fruits (Most common are strawberries, bananas, apples, pears, peaches, grapes), vegetables (Most common are broccoli, cauliflower, corn, peas, green beans, carrots), tilapia, salmon, perch, beef hot dogs, whole grain spaghetti, beef jerky, salad with low-fat dressing, crab, shrimp, grilled chicken, lean steak, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, brown rice, low-fat yogurt, P90X Protein Bars

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I hope that helps you all out! If you have any additional questions about my diet, feel free to email me at

Coach Josh


  1. Alihan /

    Hi Coach

    So i was wondering about your diet and that you took only 2 servings of protein a day through the protein bar and the protein shake. Did you feel that you were getting enough protein to feul your body whilst doing the workouts and how quickly did you start seeing results on this particular diet?

    Much Appriciated

  2. Alihan /

    Hi CoachI just started my first round of P90X and am using your 1900 calorie diet as a baseline for my own diet. As i am currently living in London we unfortunatly arent blessed with the wonders of Shakeology and the P90X Results and Recovery forumla so i am doing the best i can in trying to get the same nutrition from whole foods. I would like some tips and advice about my diet and if there is anything i should change or add.

    2egg omlette with a serving of heinz baked beans on wholegrain toast and green tea
    Cheerios with light soy milk and a natural peanut butter wholegrain toast with green tea

    AM Snack
    1 scoop whey protein powder with a serving of natural almonds.

    Chicken salad sandwich (with no nasty dressings or sauces) in Wholegrain bread with low fat low sugar Greek style yogurt as a side
    2 Cans Tuna with a readymade green leaf salad

    Midday Snack
    Low fat cheese with an apple or pear

    Pre workout
    USN Creatine Monohydrate with fruit juice

    Post Workout
    1 Scoop whey protein powder with creatine and a serving of berries on the side

    2 Chicken breast fillets with a serving of steamed veg or homemade salad with homemade salad dressing (lemons peppers and spices)

    Before Bed
    1 scoop whey protein powder to end the day

  3. Josh /

    @ Alihan. You need to make sure you’re taking in the right amount of calories and the proper fat/carb/protein breakdown, and you can find that out by logging what you eat into

  4. Nick /

    Hey Josh, im 18 and just now starting p90x classic. im out of shape and a little overweight. enough so that i feel uncomfortable. im focusing on losing weight right now and gaining muscle isnt my top priority as of the moment. im taking 1800 calories a day but i was wondering if i should still have a protein shake everyday? it would put me over my calorie mark but i know that the protein helps.

  5. Josh /

    @Nick. Hey bro! Yeah, whey protein is a very important supplement for P90X.

  6. Thanks for the great tips here! I am going to be starting my p90x next week and im still trying to figure out the diet part of it. I weigh 150lbs and am 5′ 8″. How many calories should I be taking in everyday? The p90x meal plan seems like it will be too tough logistically for me to do, but I’d like to try the portion control plan. Your diet breakdown sounds great, and even sounds like something I could do… During my p90x I want to focus on gaining muscle bulk and losing fat, but I don’t think I want to lose weight. I’ve never really used protein supplements or a recovery formula either – where do you recommend I get these? Thanks for all the advice, and I hope the results are worth it!

  7. @Nik. What I want you to do is check out the “gaining mass” section of this site, which will help you out. You can actually purchase the whey protein and Recovery Formula from this site. However, make sure you make me your coach first because this site forwards you to the Team Beachbody site. Here’s the link:

  8. Mitchell /

    hey coach, Im about to start the p90x program real soon and i have 1 main question about your diet that you first started out with for p90x. One is did you drink the protein shakes three times a day, like morning,after workout, and at nite before you went to bed?

  9. @Mitchell. If I remember correctly, I was taking whey protein twice a day, once in the morning and once after my workout during my first round.

    Also, am I your coach? If not, make sure you make me your coach so that I can be here to help you through the program! Here’s the link.

  10. Mitchell /

    Well i already picked you as a coach because i really like what you have to offer people with all your information and plus your story is almost exactly how mine! But i got one more question, how much cottage chesse did you eat for your snack?Just wondering?

  11. Mitchell /

    Oh yeah is it cool to just drink the regular milk 2% reduced fat milk with your cheerios and protein shakes?

  12. @Mitchell. During my first round I ate quite a bit of fat free cottage cheese, maybe a serving a day. However, I have pretty much eliminated dairy since then.

  13. @Mitchell. Try to use fat free milk if you’re going to use milk. Have you thought of using almond milk?

  14. Hey Josh,

    I am on Day 5 of P90X classic along with countless others since the New Year and have a question on diet.

    I would say that I have about 35-40 pounds to lose. I am 39 years old and currently at 220 lbs at 23% body fat. I am about 6’1″ and would like to first start off by dropping all the body fat and then move on to gaining muscle mass as needed after the initial round – similar to you.

    In addition to doing the P90X I have been adding about 30-45 minutes of treadmill or elyptical to my day. Also, I ride my bike 5 miles each way to/from work M-F.

    My diet mainly consist of Lean Cuisine meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I have lost weight in the past using this method. I realize that I am not eating the best food since it is pre-packaged, but (insert excuses here) I know that it keeps me from straying off my diet.

    Problem is that I do not think that I am taking in enough calories from the three meals and few snacks of apples, almonds, etc. I would say at most I am taking in 1500 calories a day. I want to lose the weight, but also do not want to put my body in starvation mode, or overtrain.

    I get overly focused on the results and would appreciate any feedback.


  15. @Mike! Hey bro! Before I get to your questions, have you made me your Beachbody Coach yet?

  16. Josh,

    I have resently made you my coach. I want to make sure that I’m consuming enough calories while on phase II of P90X.

    I use to be a college football player and got into bodybuilding post college, but had let myself go. I started out at 215 IBS. I’m currently on Week 5 and currently weighing 206. I have leaned out alot and feel I’ll probably end up being 195 ish all said and done. I have been taking in approx 1500-1600 calories a day. After reading the P90x diet book it said based on the calculations that I need approx 2400 calories. That seems like alot while trying to lose body fat. My question is this: Do you think I’m consuming enough calories or am I starving myself, thus limiting my drop in body fat?

    Any help would be great.


  17. @Eric. How tall are you? Also, do you have a pretty active lifestyle?

  18. I’m 5″11. I would say I sit alot. So honestly no. I have been doubling up on the P90X workouts during phase II. I do a cardo X workout every other day.

  19. @Eric. Yeah, that’s a pretty low amount then. I would aim for more around 2,000 – 2,100 calories per day. However, if you’re doing Doubles, then you want to increase about 300 – 400 more.

  20. Thanks bud… I ordered some post workout drink and shakeology. Hope I love it..

  21. @Eric. You will! They both ROCK!

  22. yo josh it’s been a while. couple of questions for ya. I’m 5’9 and weigh 156 right. Im prolly at about 15% body fat, not too sure tho. Im getting that checked on monday, but i started p90x this past monday. so far ive been eating about 1600 calories with 45% protein, 35%, carbs and then 20% in good fats like peanut butter, almonds and canola oil. I wanna drop as much body fat as i can by june 1st. how’s my diet look?

  23. Josh /

    @Nate. You would have to log what you eat into and send me the results to check out. Also, I’m still your coach right?

  24. Hi Coach!

    Im 5’11 and weigh 170lbs ive been on the fat shredder diet and still cant see my abs, lost a ton of weight in all other area though.. Im currently at 1900-2100 calories a day with 50/30/20 (P/C/F)..should i lower my calories or stick with the fat shredder diet longer until I can see abs..

  25. @Dan. No, if you’re seeing results then you don’t need to change anything. Be patient. The body fat on your belly could be (and usually is) the last to go. Once you hit a plateau, then you make some adjustments.

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