I was recently asked what I ate through my first round of P90X to get the results I did. So the following is a detailed guide to the nutrition I found worked for me.
First I ate five times a day when I could
I know our jobs and our lives do not make this easy as the normal way is to have three meals a day, but with some modification and a few tricks you can make this happen.
First thing in the morning I would get up and make myself a Shakeology shake. If you have not tried Shakeology it is awesome. You get not only all your veggies and fruits for the day in just one glass, but also a whole host of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients your body needs. I would try different recipes from the website (I have a list of my favorites on gooburner.com under Barry’s Tips) but my number one is to put in half a banana, a scoop of almond butter, the chocolate Shakeology, half ice, half water, and a scoop of Whey protein. I always add a scoop of whey protein to my shakes.
Breakfast (400-450 cal) – I have several favorites, but the one I ate the most was an egg white omelet with spinach, fresh salsa, and a few bacon sprinkles. Another standby was steel cut oatmeal.
Snack (200-250 cal) – This was almost always a protein bar. It is quick and easy and gives me the right mix of protein and carbohydrates that I need.
Lunch (400-450 cal) – Turkey sandwich using whole wheat bread thins (not regular size bread) with spicy mustard and low fat cheese or a grilled skinless chicken breast or a salad. I also would have a serving of fruit such as cantaloupe, an apple, or grapes.
Snack (200-250 cal) – Apple or nuts or even a protein bar or banana, just as long as I kept it small.
Daily Workout – After the day’s workout I have the P90X recovery drink (you will be amazed at how much this helps) and I added 5 mg of creatine (about a tablespoon)
Dinner (400-450 cal) – almost always some type of small salad and either lean beef, turkey, chicken and a vegetable on the side
Evening – Shakeology again. When you are working out this hard your body needs a lot to keep repairing the muscles and giving it what it needs. I also tried to make sure I drank this 2-3 hours before I went to sleep.
None of this is magic and make sure you look at and follow the nutrition guide that comes with the P90X program and use Michi’s ladder. I kept going back to this for ideas on what else I could eat to “change it up”.
It is also very important to track your caloric intake (you can use the Tap and Track app for the Iphone). Eating 5 times a day you do not want to start taking in more than you currently eat. Follow the guide as it lets you know for your height how many calories you should be consuming in a day (1900-2000 if you are trying to lose weight and around 3000 to maintain and build muscle for a 6 foot guy). I ran at a deficit using the Fat Shredder plan and continued the deficit for the whole time.
I also gave up some of the things I loved from my old lifestyle such as diet coke. I started out allowing myself to have one soda day the first week then weaned myself off of soda by the third week. Now I only have one as a rarity (like at the movies with popcorn once a month) as I do not crave them any longer. Also for this I gave up beer. I was not much of a beer drinker anyway, but I would average about 2-3 a week so stopping was not a big deal but it was just calories I did not need.
Finally I did not make the meals in the guide as they were not practical for me. I just made sure I made meals that had the right amount of protein, carbs, and fats for me.
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