I have written about my physical results from following the P90X program. I have declared my love for Tony Horton as a trainer, motivator. I wanted to take a minute to dedicate this post to how I adjusted the P90X meal plan for women. Following the P90X nutrition guide is as important for your success and your results as the fitness part of the program. My favorite saying is, “You can’t out train a poor diet.” The question when you start a new fitness program, is what can’t I eat? Here is how the P90X meal plan is different.
The P90X meal plan outlines meals for you, gives you a list of foods you can eat. As the nutritional needs of your body changes throughout this 90 day program, the meal plans change. Each meal is created to provide the right combination of foods to satisfy your body’s energy. You can simply follow the 3 step plan or work within a meal plan that best fits your needs.
P90X Meal Plan for Women: How it Works
The 3 phases break down as follows: The Fat Shredder; which is a high-protein-based diet to help strengthen your muscles and quickly rid fat from your body. The Energy Booster Phase; this provides a balanced mix of carbohydrates and protein with a lower amount of fat in order to give your body additional energy it will need for performance. The Endurance Maximizer; is basically the diet of an athlete. The combination of complex carbohydrates, this being the emphasis, lean proteins, and lower fat to fuel your changing body.
Why is the P90X meal plan perfect for women? It simplifies everything. The P90X Meal planner will place you in a specific Nutritional Level based on the amount of calories you will need to sustain your fitness goal. Just follow the plan for the entire day based on this Nutritional Level and all your meals are planned for you. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 additional snacks.
P90X Meal Plan for Women: Recipes
The P90X Meal Plan includes recipes for everything from sauces and soups, to breakfast burritos, steak salad and more. Although the menu of meals is plentiful, don’t get me wrong there are foods that are certainly off limits, dairy, alcohol, and basically C.R.A.P. foods, Carbohydrates •Refined Foods •Additives •Preservatives.
Now although I did follow the Nutritional Level I guide, I did not eat everything on each menu. Let’s face it. No matter how good something is for you, if you don’t like it, you don’t eat it. What is really important to to find a variety of foods that accomplish both goals, they are good for you and you like to eat them. One tools I used to tweak the P90x meal plan for women, is Michi’s ladder. Michi’s Ladder is a food guideline, placing hundreds of foods in leveled tiers. The top two tiers contain the ideal foods you should eat in order to see the results in your fitness you desire. This is what people refer to as “eating clean.”
P90X Meal Plan for Women: What About Protein?
Another mistake women make, especially when they are using a program like P90X which involves weight training, is to over ingest protein. Two of our greatest fears are to bulk up and to not eat enough protein. Following the P90X Nutrition guide and knowing your body can help debunk both these misconceptions. Using lower weights and reaching maximum repetitions at 12-15 will lean out a women’s muscles without adding bulk. By staying within the 12-1500 calorie Nutrition Level I one can adjust the P90X meal plan for women. This will maintain the proper balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats a women’s body needs.
The most effective exercise program will only reach it’s potential when carried out with the proper nutritional plan. 80% of your six-pack abs are made in the kitchen. SO, eat wisely! If you need help getting started with the P90X meal plan or just want to do some tweaking, please contact me and I will help you get headed in the right direction. You can also have me as your FREE coach by signing up here!