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Clarify Your Nutrition AND Grocery List With Michi’s Ladder

If you’ve heard it here once, you’ve heard it a bazillion times— real, infomercial worthy transformations with P90X come from what and how much you eat. The vast majority of it, even. Give me a dude who says P90X didn’t work for him and I’ll give you a dude who didn’t take nutrition seriously. I don’t like to call the P90X nutrition plan a diet except in the general sense of the word– the food you consume is your diet, but you’re not dieting. You’re simply eating BETTER.

Obviously, nutrition’s a major component to the program but at first blush it can all come off as pretty daunting. Sometimes the switch to eating better is a lifestyle shift- other times it’s a total palette change as your taste buds adjust from being bludgeoned into submission by the salts and processed sugars in the junky food we’re used to and start finding subtle flavors and textures in whole/cleaner foods. Other times it’s just choosing something good for something “gooder”.

On that note, Beachbody developed a “living/constantly updated” chart called “Michi’s Ladder” (named after the Japanese word “Michi” or “The Way”) to make nutrition choices easier for substitution in a way that’s quick to reference and makes sense. Broken into Five “Tiers”, the ladder groups foods in order of cleanliness and nutritional density, with Tier 1 and 2 where you ideally want to select your foods from– as partially shown by the images below (click images for a full Ladder view):

Michi’s Ladder is “ridonculously” awesome… here’s why: The Ladder allows you to view nutrition guide ingredient/recipe substitutions for sometimes expensive and time-consuming recipes, IE: If the guide calls for you to make a delicious but ingredient heavy/time consuming island salad with seasoned pork and a homemade dressing, you can make a simple substitution of the same protein serving in fish or chicken, with an apple and a veggie salad. Easy! As long as your macronutrients  stay aligned with your Phase I, II or III nutrition goals, you’re good to go. EXAMPLE: Energy Booster–aka Phase II– asks you to eat 40% protein/40% carb/20% to comprise all the food you eat that day– if you want to make it easier, you simply eat a protein (chicken), a carb (Brown Rice or Quinoa) and a bit of fat (avocado, nuts, light olive oil dressing) at every snack/meal and you’re going to line up pretty close.

Of course, that’s a whole subject for itself but in the mean time, get familiar with Michi’s Ladder. It’s a great tool and a great resource to have around when you go shopping or wondering what will get you the nutrition that’s going to make your goals in the beginning of your P90X experience 98.7% jealous.

Nutrition is critical to your program success whether it’s P90X, Insanity or a Chalene Johnson program. And since no man/woman is a fitness island and success grows like a weed with support, stay on track and receive personal tips and advice by adding me as your free coach and mentor right here


3 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. Karen says:

    I love Michi’s ladder… makes things so simple!

  2. Jim says:

    It’s hard to stress enough the importance of diet and tools like Michi’s Ladder. I would never start P90X, Insanity or any other program again without first planning out my diet.

  3. Romall Smith says:

    Michi does make it easy bro :D

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