Like the P90X exercise program, the P90X Diet and Nutrition is divided into 3 phases, calibrated to move from fast, efficient fat loss (Phase 1) to peak energy (Phase 2) to lasting success (Phase 3). The nutritional proportions change with each plan, so it’s important to follow the instructions for your current plan. The nutritional proportions for each of the 3 plans are as follows:
Phase 1 of the P90X Diet: Fat Shredder
Those who are reasonably fit and have more body fat can use this phase more easily than someone who is very fit and doesn’t have a lot of excess body fat to lose. This stage is designed to cut down your body fat percentage, and as this happens, your available energy should also decrease. Therefore, Phase 1 should only be extended if you need to drop more fat and also feel like you have ample energy to push hard during your workouts. Conversely, this phase could be shortened by a week or two if your body fat is already low and you feel like you don’t have the necessary energy to get the most out of your workouts.
Phase 2 of the P90X Diet: Energy Booster
This is more of a well-rounded, long-term, sensible eating plan, and there shouldn’t be too much trouble once you get here. This plan can also be used as long as you like if you’re feeling great, have plenty of energy, and it seems like you’re making overall progress.
Phase 3 of the P90X Diet: Endurance Maximizer
This plan should be earned. It’s an athletic diet and you’ll only need it if you are pushing your body to the limit, which you should be if you keep your promise to “Bring It.” Of note is that Phase 3 should be tried at some point, even if you feel good in Phase 2. We’ve seen many people hesitate to move on to this more carb-heavy phase for fear that they’ll gain weight, but surprise! They found that once they did, they had more energy, worked out even harder, and had better results. This is important to keep in mind. Athletes eat more carbs, and there is a reason that they do. We wouldn’t put it in the plan if it weren’t proven to improve results.
If you REALLY want to get the best results, and MAXIMIZE P90X, use it in conjunction with the Beachbody Club. The Meal Planner has recently been updated to include options for the P90X Diet specifically. Check out that information here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us using the form below: