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 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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