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The P90X2 Nutrition Guide, Paleo and “Diet” Choices

One of the best things about P90X and its upcoming sequel P90X2 are their nutrition guides. These detailed, step-by-step guides break down nutrition–one of the more overwhelming aspects of losing weight, building muscle and looking/feeling awesome– and gives you a gift-wrapped and easy-to-follow blueprint for what, when and how to eat. Cool thing is P90X2 is taking into account not just Paleo but a bunch of avenues and will make your nutrition options even more adaptable, more varied and more flexible.

In the mean time, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: there’s definitely more than one way to reach your “infomercial-worthy” transformation through nutrition. Before we get to P90X2’s take on the Paleo Diet, here’s a few… including, well, Paleo:

Paleo: As in “Paleolithic”–aka, the Cave Man Diet. Based around the idea our ancestors didn’t eat processed food or grains but mostly plants and animals. In short nutrition in the Paleo diet comes from grass-fed “free-range” animals, wild-caught fish, vegetables, (moderate) fruit and nuts while boxing out grains, legumes, dairy, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

Dietary Vegan: No animal anything. Nutrition comes in whole from plant-based foods.

Raw: A nutritional approach that trends toward veganism but… foods are left uncooked and consumed “raw”. The raw diet can include animal products such as milk and eggs and fish (sushi, anyone?).

“Normal” (Standard American Diet): I don’t know that there’s a specific name for it but as I reference it here, “normal” (for lack of a better word) is pretty much the standard American diet made clean. Meats, fruits, vegetables, fruits grains, nuts, low/non-fat fairy.

Flexitarian: This is the term P90X’s Tony Horton uses to describe his eating habits. Mostly vegetarian but “flexible” in that the nutrition plan allows meat into the mix from time to time.

Each “diet” has its benefits and –maybe–drawbacks (unless you’re talking to ardent supporters– then there’s only ONE way to go and it’s their way) but all are viable nutritional paths toward achieving your success. I’m a “Normal” diet kind of guy (so that’s where you’ll find most of my advice based) but am slowly moving more toward “Flexitarian”. I don’t know that any one is better than the next (breaking them all down would be exhaustive)– your choice will just depend on your goals and individual preferences/reactions.

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All that said, I know a lot of folks chasing down the “Paleo Diet” and there’s no doubt it’ll shred you. Recently, we got a peek into what the yet-unreleased” P90X2 nutrition had to say about it:

“There’s not a ton of science backing up popular claims that the human digestive system isn’t intended for grains, but there are benefits to going without them. Because grains are so easy to farm, they were the focal point of the agricultural revolution, so they’ve become the center of the modern Standard American Diet (SAD). The result is that we probably eat more than we really need. And since breads, pasta, and rice are high in calories, you can really pack it on.

Cutting them out also means you’ll be upping the volume by getting all your carbs from fruit and veggies. This can help you feel satisfied after you eat. Although celiac disease and other grain intolerances hit only a tiny percentage of the population, they’re on the rise, thanks to our overuse of these complex carbs. Given all of this, it wouldn’t hurt to take a little break and see how your body reacts.”

Again, different nutritional avenues work for different people. It’s a learning process and one that as you experiment with, will lead you to surprising and tasty new ways of eating clean– and that’s always a good thing. 

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