There are 2 main focuses to getting healthy and fit and those are exercise and nutrition. For most of us exercising is the easy part, in a sweaty sorta way. Just popping in a DVD for 30 minutes is pretty simple if I do say so myself.
Nutrition on the other hand is much more difficult. There are so many other plans out there today that will tell you what to eat but what if there are things you don’t like or have the time to cook?
In other words, for the most people the only successful nutrition plan that can be kept long-term is one that’s built around their personal goals.
Whats The Goal of The P90X3 Nutrition Plan?
The goal is to provide you with the tools and guidance but you get to choose what to eat making it a perfect nutrition plan – for YOU. The trick is to teach you to accomplish what’s being called intuitive eating or the ability to listen to your body to make the right nutritional decisions.
We’ll get into that a bit later, but the P90X3 plan has plenty of leeway for you to be able to maker your own decisions. There are some simple rules/guidelines to follow along the way to guide you in the right direction. Much like the P90X3 workouts fit into your busy schedule the nutrition plan is extremely basic, making healthy meal planning quick and simple. SO lets dive in…
Watch this short, entertaining video of trainer Tony Horton discussing the P90X3 nutrition plan:
The P90X3 Nutrition Guide
If you already own P90X3 you’ll notice it only comes with one guide-book. If you are having a hard time finding either the nutrition or fitness guide, flip the guide over.
With the new P90X3 Nutrition guide Tony (P90X3 Creator) is really giving you a look into his nutrition methods and encourage you to approach your nutrition in the same way. What is that called? Answer, Intuitive Eating.
What The Heck Is Intuitive Eating?
Intuitive eating is basically the ability to just listen to your body to make the right nutrition decisions. It’s the healthy version of “impulse eating”. An intuitive eater uses cravings to understand what is lacking in their own diet, whether it be proteins, carbs or fats. On the flip side an impulsive eater will misread these carvings and eat out of comfort rather than performance.
It’s not a new concept. Intuitive eating is standard practice for many athletes. They’ve reached a point in their fitness where all the sugar and fat addictions, hormone imbalances, and weird cravings have dropped away—and with them, the need to count calories. When their body wants something, they know to eat it.
When you become an intuitive eater you’ll get your craving straighten out. And such a lack of protein in your diet might trigger a craving for chicken or a lack of fat might trigger a craving for almonds. Don’t worry the P90X3 Nutrition plan is full of intuitive eating tips.
Getting to this level may take some time and determination but the P90X3 Nutrition guide should make this much easier to learn.
P90X3 Nutrition Guide Cheat Sheet:
Step One: Eat whole, healthy foods
Step Two: Exercise often
Step Three: Listen to your body unless of course it tells you to eat unhealthy.
Sounds simple enough right? The P90X3 nutrition plan will help you learn this process through an easy system of measurements that will give you body exactly what it needs and all catered to your goals. Cool right!
P90X3 Portion Plan Approach
P90X3 nutrition plan uses the portion approach when estimating calories. Part of this whole intuitive eating idea is for you to learn portion sizes based on the size of your hand and fingers [image]. There are even guides to use measuring cups as well. They rank foods in the guide from healthy to healthiest from the proper macro groups. Using the food lists provided in the guide is a great way to make sure you eat healthy, and it even makes a handy shopping list.
How Do I Determine My Calorie Goals With The P90X3 Nutrition Plan?
Throw out all the fancy and complicated calorie calculators for this one. All you do is take a simple nutrition quiz. [Listed Below]. You will add points for each categories in the quiz based on your, gender, weight, activity level and body composition. When you answer these simple questions you’ll get a number that you then take and plug into a calorie plan.
Step 1 – P90X3 Nutrition Quiz
Step 2 – P90X3 Calorie Plan Selection
Becoming an intuitive eating might be one of your goals, but I stress that it’s not going to be a fit for everyone. There are going to be those who love to track their nutrition, and kudos to you! I’m a firm believer that tracking your nutrition is the best way to go. The previous versions of P90X have usually followed what’s called the Fat Shredder nutrition plan of 50-30-20 (proteins, carbs, fats). In the new P90X3 they go away from this and the P90X3 nutrition guide is set to a 40-30-30 macro number.
NOTE:One thing I noticed is that I feel the calorie goals seem to be on the high side in my opinion. If you are following the guidelines from the P90X3 nutriton guide and not losing weight, try cutting another 200 per day to see if that helps. I had to cut from calories from this to lose weight so you may have to do the same.
Don’t worry about it though, they actually calculate all this out for you with the nutrition guide based on your calorie intake from step #2.
Step 3 – P90X3 Nutrition Tracking
Something To Consider
If you follow the P90X3 Nutrition Plan you’ll be eating at a macro of 30-40-30 (protein, carbs, fats) and most people will be running that at a calorie deficit to lose weight. I would at consider adding some protein in your nutrition, especially if you are running a +500 calorie deficit. This will keep you from possibly losing muscle mass while you try to lose weight. And of course you can always use the Fat Shredder macros of 50-30-20.
I still believe that tracking your nutrition will get you the best results possible. Does it take some work? Sure but the results will speak for themselves. If you want to learn more about tracking your nutrition click here.
Don’t Want To Track Your Nutrition?
Back to the portion approach of the P90X3 nutrition plan. They created an easy to follow portion meal plan based on portions. Just check off the portions as you eat them, fairly easy right? The full detailed food list and measurements of serving sizes are available with the purchase of P90X3 which can be done by clicking here. But for the sake of this post I wanted to give you a quick sneak peek.
As I’m sure you know there is a ton more info in the P90X3 Nutrition plan than what I have shown here today. Including teaching you the best time to eat, what the best whole foods are, how to best prepare foods, shopping lists and recipes…plus a lot more!
Sample P90X3 Nutrition (1700 Calories)
I’m personally on day 44 of P90X3. I have to say I’m really loving this program. The variety and the intensity are amazing, and you know what the best part is? It’s only 30 minutes per day. In the first 42 days of P90X3 (6 weeks) I have lost 14 pounds and I feel amazing. I’m not following the P90X3 nutrition plan to the letter but I follow it closely. I have a good grasp on what I like to eat and when, much like the “intuitive eating” the P90X3 nutrition guide points out for us. I thought it might be useful to share a day of my nutrition with you. Note that the total calories on this example is only 1700, depending on your activity level beyond your workouts you may need more or less. The image below is one day in the P90X3 challenge. And the macros, if you were wondering are right there with the P90X3 guidelines 30-40-30, however I usually add a bit more protein on a regular basis. If you’d like to see how I’m doing you can follow me here.
P90X3 Nutrition Plan In Conclusion
Whether you decide to use the portion approach or track your nutrition you need to make a point to focus on your nutrition and not go into blindly. If you are just starting out I’d have to recommend tracking you nutrition for best results. If you do want to track your nutrition I recommend My Fitness Pal. Make sure you set it up properly for P90X3 by following these instructions. And remember if you have any questions or would like to join my P90X3 Private Challenge group don’t hesitate to contact me.
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