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P90X Is The Door, Nutrition Is The Key

This may go without saying but… I’m a P90X fan. The holistic program is what got me into shape and understanding nutrition/furthering my knowledge base in the fitness arena and as such you bet I’ll recommend it and stand behind it because it worked like gangbusters for me. I’m often asked “Are your results from P90X only?” and I can say “Yes”. My workouts are all P90X based and the times I’m on the road or want to hit up a gym, I’m using a modified P90X program on the equipment I have available (and I can count those times in the last couple years on two hands). But as much as P90X has been the door to my success, that’s only 20% of the story.

See, my results (and the eye-popping results of others you see on You Tube and on TV) aren’t from P90X workouts alone– they’re from a combination of P90X workouts AND P90X’s nutrition guide. In short, P90X is the door to your transformation but nutrition is what will help you really unlock that door and melt the fat so when 90 days comes calling, you have something to show for it.

EAT RIGHT

You want results like you see in the commercials? You gotta eat right (…not cheat right). There’s no way around it. Skipping nutrition in your fitness program is like wanting a good scare, buying a ticket to “Paranormal Activity 3” and then going into a theater playing “Cars”. Sure, you’re at the theater and have a ticket… but you’re not going to scream and cling to your significant other while watching ‘Mater make fart jokes in Radiator Springs.

Same goes with P90X. You can do the workouts in P90X but you’re not going to “get ripped” if you’re not following the nutrition plan and eating the right measure of nutrients that’ll get you to your destination. You’ll become “fitter” but the people who don’t see the results they think they’re going to get are always the folks who’ve been lacking on their nutrition. Now don’t get me wrong, that’s not a condemnation by any means but it DOES take preparation, dedication and knowing what you’re eating.

COUNTING CALORIES?

If you must. Counting calories sounds like a terrible way to spend your day but if you don’t know what and how much you’re putting into your body on a standard nutrition plan… how in the world will you know what and how much you’re putting into your body to dial in your nutrition to achieve the results you want? Good news– calorie counting isn’t forever. Just until you hit your goals or sooner. By then, you’ll know what works for you and you can look at a pile of whole wheat pasta or a chicken breast and, like magic, know within a gram or so how much of a serving it is. But you have to track for AT LEAST a few weeks and if you’re looking to get REALLY dialed in… you may find you never stop.

Luckily, there’s all kinds of phone apps and websites out there which make “calorie tracking” simple AND fun. I use Livestrong.com’s Daily Plate which has a huge food database and breaks down daily macros into a nice, easy-to-read pie chart so I know where my day falls into the Fat Shredder, Energy Booster or Endurance Maximizer ratios of Protein, fats and carbs.

PREPARE

Don’t wing it. KNOW what you’re going to eat so you always have good food on hand. Going out? Take your own meal. In my first 90 days of P90X, I took my own meals everywhere. Not only did this help me avoid justifying “that one slice of pizza”, it also kept me full so I didn’t WANT that one slice of pizza. It also kept me in control of my cravings. Amazing how when you’re full and running off a good workout you did earlier in the day, temptations lose 100% of their power. If you want steady results, you HAVE to know what you’re eating and keep it clean for the duration of the program.

I know some folks don’t want to hear “nutrition”. They want to keep eating what they’re eating and do the workouts and get results. That’s not going to happen if you’re after the results you see in magazines and on TV. Ever. Buckle down, tap the Nutrition guide for ideas, nail down your nutritional requirements and keep plugged in here for support. I promise– you do those things and you won’t go wrong. In fact, you may find your story being requested for an infomercial feature when it’s all said and done.

In the mean time, I’m here for questions all day long. Feel free to email me here or at coachdan74@gmail.com. Better yet, let’s get you the support you need to knock your nutrition goals into line right now. Make me your (free) Beachbody Coach right here and we’ll get crackin’! 

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