P90X Diet Plan

The #1 question that I receive on a daily basis has to do with the P90X diet plan and how to decipher the nutrition guide. Well today, we are going to simplify things in the P90X diet for you and help you create a diet plan that works for you and will get you results.

If you’re confused by the P90X diet and nutrition guide that comes with the P90X workouts, that’s a good thing. It means that you have actually opened up the nutrition guide and are reading it! Give yourself a pat on the back because you are ahead of most people who begin P90X.

Why Is The P90X Diet Plan So Complicated?

Levels, Weeks and Phases, oh my! Those are some of the terms that you have come across if you’re digging into the nutrition guide of the P90X diet plan. So let me help you keep it really, really simple.

P90X diet

P90X Diet = Healthy Foods!

P90X is a 90 day program which is roughly 3 months. Each phase of the program consists of 30 days, roughly. So within P90X there are 3 phases consisting of 4 weeks each.

The “levels” referred to in the nutrition guide correlates to your calorie intake for your P90X diet plan. Each level is calculated based on your starting weight and will detail out how many servings of food and calories you should be having on a daily basis. So, for example, if you weigh 180lbs, you will be in Level 2 throughout the program. Make sense so far?

So let’s say you are a “Level 2” and are in “Phase 1” of P90X. This means that you will follow the  Level 2 P90X diet plan which will consist of roughly 7 servings of protein, 1 serving of carbs, 1 fruit, 4 vegetables, 1 fat, 3 snacks, 2 condiments and 3 dairy. This will give you a total of roughly 2,400 calories per day.  Still with me?

Now that you’re familiar with the terms in the P90X diet and nutrition guide, and are comfortable with levels and phases, let’s talk about how to simplify the  nutrition plan.

How To Simplify The P90X Diet Plan.

My recommendation when starting out is to NOT read the menu plan in the P90X diet guide. The menu plan in the P90X diet guide is the main area where people get hung up. They start seeing things that they don’t normally eat and they get freaked out. So don’t even read it!

Simplifying the P90X Diet Plan – Here’s What To Do.

Read through the P90X nutrition guide and look at the section that explains exactly what a serving of protein, carbs, vegetables, fats, etc consists of. For example, 1 serving of protein = 3oz of boneless, skinless chicken, turkey, etc. So when looking at the P90X diet plan, we’re only going to be concerned with the number of servings and not the specifics of what we’re eating. Sound simple enough?

So starting now, I want you to plan your meals and make a copy of the servings boxes in the P90X nutrition guide. And as you’re going through the day,  I want you to literally put an X through each box whenever you eat. If you have some eggs and a piece of fruit for breakfast, put an X through 1 protein box and 1 fruit box. Go through your entire day doing this until all of the boxes have an X through them. That’s it. That’s all you have to do to be successful with the P90X diet plan. It looks really complicated, but when you break it down, it’s kind of simple.

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5 Responses to P90X Diet Plan

  1. terry June 20, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    i am 6 1 and weight 263 and out of shape so don’t i need level 1 to get down to the proper weight? then go from there for my needed level?

    • Mark July 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

      No Terry. The levels are based on weight and specifically designed to give you the energy you need to make it through the grueling workouts. At your current weight you are probably at a level 3. Follow the meal plan. It works for a reason. Thousands have gotten amazing results following it and I know you will too!

  2. Justin July 20, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    I’m confused about the snacks. If I have a bar or shake that count as one carb portion, is that it for my day (level 2, phase one allows one carb portion)? Or are the snacks in addition to the other stuff?

    • Mark July 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      Personally, when I was going through P90X, I never counted a protein bar or a shake as a snack… I counted it as a serving of protein. Of course, if I already hit my mark for protein servings then I would count it as a snack. Especially when having something like Shakeology – that shake is so versatile. It can be a protein, a carb, a vegetable or a snack… I used it to fill in the gaps. 🙂 Good luck! Bring It!

  3. Mohammad April 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    Mark, thanks for the great info, very helpful indeed!

    One thing I’m struggling to figure out though, is what a serving really is in terms of size( in grams for example) for carbs, protein, fat…etc. Any idea how to figure that out?


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