You have probably heard that the Insanity Workout pushes you to your max and can get you insane results in 60 days. Many people go into the program assuming that since you are burning so many calories that they can falter from the nutrition. If you are one of these people, you are dead wrong. The fact remains, “you can not out train a bad diet”, no matter how hard you workout. I have personally went through the Insanity Challenge and I wanted to share some key elements of the nutrition guide with you, including some nutrition examples of what I ate during the challenge.
Insanity Nutrition Plan
Now I’m not saying you have to follow the Insanity meal plan to a “T” but the closer you are to the nutrition plan the better the results will be. The Insanity nutrition plan is layed out for you in simple terms. I really like how simple it is to follow. It’s not as complex as the P90X nutrition guide. You simply eat 5 times per day and each meal is about 300 calories. Then you just add in 100 calorie blocks to get to the calorie count you need.
One thing to you’ll take away from the Insanity nutrition guide right away is that “Food is fuel“, and you’ll need it to survive Insanity. The nutrition guide is called “Elite Nutrition” which will help you target the right healthy proteins, carbs and fats. All the while eliminating the negatives like processed foods, artificial sweetners and soda that are harmful to your body. The focus here is that you need not only give 100% in your workouts but also in your nutrition.
The Elite nutrition guide teaches us to eat 5 balanced meals per day, meaning they are of the same calories and macros. They have use use a macro ratio of 40-40-20 (40% proteins, 40% carbs, 20% fats). We use this ratio to help us maintain a good energy level because, let’s face it, you’re going to need that energy to get through Insanity.
Let’s Take a Closer Look Into The Insanity Nutrition Guide
Insanity is only 63 days or 2 months long, so we don’t have a lot of time to not take our nutrition seriously. The nutrition guide is broken down into 2 months:
Month 1: There are roughly 10 different options for each of your 5 daily meals. Each meal is about 300 calories but it will give you options to up the calories in blocks of usually 100 calories so you can meet your specific calorie goal.
Month 2: Time to eat more! Now that your body is starting to adapt to the insanely intense workouts you’ll be burning more calories, plus the workouts of month 2 are longer. To help you out the Insanity meal plan has a list of 100 calorie complex carbs to be used as snacks to help boost your energy.
How Many Calories Do I Eat on The Insanity Meal Plan?
The Insanity Nutrition guide uses the Harris Benedict equation to calculate our calories goals.
Step 1: Calculate our calorie intake
Women: BMR = 655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years)
Men: BMR = 66 + (6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches) – (6.8 x age in years)
Step 2: Determine your activity level. Insanity exercise factor will be 1.55, We don’t count the Cardio Recovery workout or the rest day so we workout 5 days a week.
Step 3: So what we have by now is the amount of calories you need to maintain your weight. Use the adjustments below to calculate your personal goal.
- For Weight Loss : subtract 500 – 750 calories
- To Maintain Your Weight : do nothing
- For Weight Gain : add 200-500
When To Eat With The Insanity Diet Plan
It’s best to eat every few hours to keep your metabolism running efficiently. Insanity has us eating every few hours for that very reason. Usually 2-3 hours between meals is a good time frame.
When I went through the Insanity Challenge I ate before my workout. One tip that I would suggest is waiting 1-2 hours after you eat (depending on how big or small of a meal) before you workout. You don’t want to go through an intense workout and have you body mostly focused on digesting what you just ate. This can cause you to be low on energy and possibly cause injury. We don’t want that do we.
Insanity Nutrition Plan Examples
As I went through Insanity Challenge I documented each day of the challenge. Including how the workout and my nutrition went for each day. I also tracked my nutrition every day with My Fitness Pal and posted it in my Insanity Journey. If you’d like to see how I did each day click here. Below I’ll share just a few random days to give you an example of what and how I ate during the challenge. Each of the images below had a calorie target of 2,000 calories and a macro goal of 45-35-20 (protein, carbs, fats).
Some of My Favorite Insanity Nutrition Plan Recipes
I had a great time going through the Insanity Challenge. Along the way I used some recipes from the Insanity Elite Nutrition Guide and saved a few that I used repeatedly. Below you’ll find 5 recipes that I liked the most. You can click on the image to enlarge them. I believe all but one is from the Insanity nutrition guide. I got the Shaun T Shakeology recipe from one of Shaun T’s youtube videos and it quickly became one of my favorites.
Tracking Your Nutrition During Insanity
Remember Insanity is only 63 days, so we don’t have the time to mess around and guess on our nutrition. Guessing does not work! If you are serious about getting Insanity results then I suggest documenting and tracking your nutrition. The app I suggest to track your nutrition is MyFitnessPal. But there is more to it than just tracking calories, you’ll want to track your macros too. Like I stated above the Insanity Nutrition Guide has us at a 40-40-20 macro ration through out our Insanity Journey. It’s important to set up My Fitness Pal with the correct macros, not sure how to set it up. Now worries you can see how to set it up by clicking here. Once we have our calorie goals and macros set, it’s time to rock and roll.
Weight loss will come down to calories in, calories out. Many people cut too many calories while doing Insanity. I get emails almost daily asking “why am I not losing weight” and in their email they state they are eating only 800-1000 calories and can’t understand why they haven’t lost a single pound, an if fact some are even gaining weight. You need to make sure you have enough calories for you body to have the energy to handle these type of intense workouts. Wavering from the nutrition plan too far will make it that much harder to lose weight and keep your body in tune. If you are still looking for reason’s why you may not be losing weight with Insanity click here.
Insanity Nutrition Guide Download
I wanted to give you a sneak peak of just what is in the Insanity Elite Nutrition Guide so you can see for yourself how it is set up. Feel free to enjoy the free download below.
Take A Free Insanity Test Drive
Want to take things a step further? We have put together a nice Insanity Test Drive for those who want to sample the Elite nutrition guide and see an actual workout in the Insanity DVD series. If you wanting a serious look at this life changing program and a look into the Free Insanity nutrition plan, be sure to check out our FREE Test Drive. Click here to give it a try.
Insanity Calendar Simplified
The Insanity calendar is set up for you to get the most out of these workouts. Make sure you follow the calendar as there’s a reason Shaun T has the workouts in the order that they are in. You don’t want your body to get to familiar and create muscle memory. That’s why Shaun T has staggered when you do the workouts and having a recovery day in there is crucial. Try not to waiver from the calendar and you will be that much closer to the body you want. Download the Insanity Calendar below.
As you should know, there’s a lot more than just popping those Insanity dvd’s into the player and doing the workouts. You need to clean up the diet and make sure you get ENOUGH calories. Shaun T has designed this program to get you in insane shape in only 60 days but you have to put in the effort and work on both ends of the spectrum.
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