By the time you’re ready to try the P90X workout plan, odds are you’re ready to make some serious changes. At least, I hope you are anyways. As we’ve mentioned in other posts about P90X, this workout is not easy. It’s not for the faint of heart. You will have to earn the results, but if you stick with it, I can promise you that you will be happy that you did.
It’s by far one of the best workout programs on the planet, in terms of producing, real, breathtaking results for the people who follow it for the full 90 days and beyond. It turns out, though, that it is much more than just a set of 12 workout DVDs. It’s a total lifestyle change for most of the people who start it, and that includes the diet portion.
The P90X Nutrition Plan is a vital part of the program, and it is designed to provide you the food and diet necessary to help with your power, performance, and lean muscle growth. For many of us who start it, it will also probably mean massive weight loss as well.
With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at why this diet is different than other you have tried, and then examine their full eating plan, so you know what to expect when you start the program.
What Makes the P90X Diet Different?
Unlike other diets you have probably tried, including those from some of the other Beachbody programs, like 21-Day Fix, you won’t be operating on a caloric deficit while on the P90X diet. Think clean, healthy eating. That’s great news for those of us who hate dieting, because of the starvation effect that often comes with it. I know I can’t stand that feeling of being insanely hungry all day, which often leads to failure.
The P90X creators didn’t want their diet to be centered around calorie deficits because quite honestly, it could be dangerous. P90X requires hard work and a commitment to some pretty intense workouts – if you aren’t eating enough, it could potentially lead to overtraining, hamper your performance, and even possible injury or illness.
As an example, someone who was operating at a 600-calorie deficit to start P90X might be super excited at the weight they lost out of the gates, but it wouldn’t take long for the reality check to set in. As they continued with the program their performance would get worse and worse, and their results and enthusiasm would taper off as well.
The bottom line is, P90X created a meal plan that works great with their workouts, ensures you’re eating enough calories every day and will help you achieve the results you want when used correctly. In fact, the diet plan was crafted by nutrition expert Carrie Wiatt, who was known as a leading lifestyle and healthy eating educator, author, and chef.
The 3 Phases
The P90X diet works in three main phases, so let’s take a look at those now:
PHASE 1: FAT SHREDDER
During this initial phase, you’ll be priming your body to turn into a fat shredding machine, as the title implies. While this phase might not be totally necessary for an extremely fit person, it can help people who are out of shape, or who have a little bit of fat to lose, shred some excess body fat. During the Fat Shredder your will be cutting down on your body fat percentage, and as a result, you may notice a decrease in your energy. With this in mind, you should only extend Phase 1 if you have more fat to lose and feel like you have enough of the required energy to power through the workouts.
On the flip side, if you’re already in decent shape, or have low body fat, you can cut down Phase 1 by a week or two if needed.
PHASE 2: Energy Booster
Think of this as a sensible way of eating, that you can hopefully sustain over the long term. Once you make it to the Energy Boosting phase, you shouldn’t have too much trouble, and as long as you’re feeling great, have lots of energy, and hitting your progress goals
This is more of a well-rounded, long-term, sensible eating plan, and there shouldn’t be too much trouble once you get here. This plan can be used as long as you’re feeling great, have plenty of energy, and you’re hitting your fitness goals.
PHASE 3: Endurance Maximizer
Once you get to Phase 3, you will have earned it! This is considered to be an “athletic diet,” and should only be used by those who are pushing their body to the max – which you will be if you’re living by the P90X credo of “Bringing it!” This is a carb-heavy phase, so a lot of people who are happy in Phase 2, feel like they should avoid it. However, the P90X creators say you should definitely try it at some point during the program, though, as you may be missing out on a potential energy boost if you don’t. Many folks are surprised to find out that once they hit Phase 3, they had more energy, pushed their workouts harder, and as a result, experienced even better results.
Anything Else You Should Know?
The P90X diet plan includes everything you need to experience success, and I strongly encourage you to read the entire manual once you’ve signed up. They have tools for determining your portion sizes, body fat percentage, nutritional levels, and much more.
They even include recipes, meal planning charts and guides for the week – basically, everything you need for success!
There are some recommended supplements that can help with your results, which are as follows:
- P90X Results & Recovery Formula
- P90X Peak Health Formula
- P90X Peak Performance Protein Bars
- E&E Energy and Endurance Preworkout Formula
Naturally, all of these supplements can be found on the Beachbody website, and are easy to purchase when you are signing up for the full program.
The P90X diet is easy to follow, provides the energy you need for the workouts, and helps boost your results. They have everything you need neatly organized in their Nutrition Guide, so it’s almost impossible to not have success when followed correctly. To get started, check out the current deal Beachbody is offering, here.
Download the diet PDF here.