As you all have probably heard me say before, the P90X diet is the most important part of the entire P90X program. I always say that results come from 80% diet and 20% workouts! Even though it’s the most important, it’s what people neglect the most. They feel that they can get results just by completing the workouts, but it doesn’t work that way. You have to feed your body the right nutrition, and that’s where the P90X Nutrition Guide comes into play.
Back before I started my first round of P90X, when I first received my P90X package, one of the things that popped out at me was the P90X Nutrition Guide. I knew that if I wanted excellent P90x results, I had to commit myself 100% to the entire program, which includes the P90X diet. I was prepared to do anything possible to get excellent results, and that’s why I decided to follow the exact plan to a T.
When I first started going through the P90X Nutrition Guide, it looked like a foreign language to me. I had absolutely no previous knowledge of eating properly, so it was all new. At first, I got a little overwhelmed because there is so much information, and it says to eat the exact foods listed in the guide. I remember sitting there thinking that there was no way I was going to spend an hour or so cooking, especially since I worked late hours and lived on my own, so I had to come up with another way to follow the Nutrition Guide, but without having to spend all that time preparing the meals. So what I decided was that I was going to follow the Meal Plan Approach, but substitute the foods listed in the P90X Nutrition Guide with foods that were very similar in nutritional value. I wanted to make sure I was still eating super healthy, sticking with the right ratios, and taking in the right amount of calories, so I decided to log everything I ate into FitDay.com (use myfitnesspal.com because it’s better). I would have to make quite a few adjustments, but it got to the point where I was right on with everything, and then I became very comfortable with what I was doing. After doing this for 90 days, I ended up in the best shape of my life!
Remember, the fat/carb/protein ratios for the first 3 phases in the P90X Nutrition Guide are (1) 20/30/50, (2) 20/40/40, and (3) 20/50/30. You increase the carbs towards the end of the program to sustain your energy throughout the day. Once you being to lose body fat and get into better shape, your body demands more carbs to function, and that’s the reason for the increase.
If you aren’t going through P90X, you can learn more about it and even purchase the program by checking out my P90X Review!