Most of you already know this, but the hardest part for me when starting P90X was the P90X diet. I know that many of you feel the same way because the majority of the questions that I get asked revolve around the P90X diet. Even though I knew that it would be tough to completely change the way I ate, I knew it was something that I had to do if I wanted to reach all of my fitness goals. When I started P90X, I vowed to stay committed to the diet and followed the P90X Nutrition Guide the best that I could. However, I quickly found out that there were foods in the guide that were not only near impossible to make, but also didn’t appeal to me either. I still wanted to follow the guide closely, so what I did was replace the foods that were tough to make and that I didn’t like with foods that were similar in nutritional value. Because I was switching around the foods slightly, I had trouble keeping track of exactly how many calories and the breakdown of fat/carbs/protein. I knew that I needed something to help with nutrition tracking, and that’s when I discovered www.fitday.com.
Fitday absolutely kept me on track every day with my diet, and for some reason, I felt accountable every time I would log in everything that I ate that day. It took about 15-20 minutes to log everything in, but it was well worth it because the more I logged everything in, the more I understood the breakdown of each food and what I could and couldn’t eat. I logged my diet so much that eventually it just became second nature for me and I no longer had to log everything in because I knew how many calories I was taking in and if I was or wasn’t staying on track with the nutritional breakdown. When I talk about nutritional breakdown, if you have gone through the P90X Nutrition Guide and read over the different phases, there is a different breakdown of fat/carbs/protein for each phase. For example, the first phase, or Fat Shredder Phase, has you follow a fat/carb/protein % of 20/30/50. Each month that you progress through the program, you slightly adjust your diet to add in more carbs and sometimes calories.
The only thing that I didn’t like about FitDay was that I had to manually go in and adjust the nutritional value of some foods because they weren’t listed in the site. Then about a year later I came upon another site called MyFitnessPal or www.myfitnesspal.com, and I think that this site is MUCH better than FitDay and what I feel is the best nutrition tracking website! It has pretty much every food listed in it’s database, which makes it quick and easy to log your foods, see your breakdown, and then move on to something else. There are some other cool features on MyFitnessPal as well, but instead of me explaining them, you will just have to check it out. Oh and both FitDay and MyFitnessPal are free, which is nice.
If you’re just starting a Beachbody program like P90X, Insanity, TurboFire, or Brazil Butt Lift, I highly encourage you to start tracking what you eat by using one of the two sites that I listed above. You will thank me later!
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