One thing that you should always do when starting a new workout program, is to have a healthy and balanced diet. The P90X3 workout program is no different! If you want the best results, you need to follow the P90X3 nutrition guide to the “T”.
Fortunately for us, the P90X3 meal plan is straight forward and simple. This is great because most people get intimidated when they see a complex and hard to use nutrition guide. The nutrition guide is probably the most important part of a workout program, even more, important than the workouts themselves! If you have bad nutrition, you might as well just not workout at all, because your results will be pretty bad.
So, without further ado, let’s talk about the P90X3 nutrition guide.
The purpose is to give you the tools that you need in order to make the best food choices to get the best results. The end goal is to get you to a point where you can “intuitively eat”, which is basically the ability to listen to your body and know what it needs nutritionally.
I’ll cover intuitive eating later on in the post, but for now, let’s just say that the P90X3 meal plan gives you tons of freedom to eat things that you like. That being said, there are rules and guidelines to point you in the right direction.
The great thing about this nutrition guide is that much like the P90X3 workouts, the nutrition plan is easy to fit into your daily life as well. It’s easy because it’s simple, which makes planning healthy meals on the go equally as simple. So, let’s get into it, shall we?
Check out this quick video of Tony Horton (creator of P90X3) talk about the P90X3 nutrition guide:
In the P90X3 nutrition guide, Tony Horton is giving you all his tips and tricks that he uses in regards to nutrition, and he is hoping that you’ll use them to your benefit. So, what’s the key behind his “tips and tricks”, it’s called intuitive eating.
Intuitive eating is the ability for you to know what your body needs from a nutritional standpoint. Someone who is good at intuitive eating can use their cravings to know what is lacking in their diet. For example, carbs, fats, or proteins. The opposite of an intuitive eater is an impulsive eater, someone who reads their cravings entirely wrong and often eats junk food instead.
This isn’t anything new, intuitive eating has been around for a long time. Intuitive eaters are often people who are in great shape, workout on a regular basis, and as such have learned not to eat lots of sugars and unhealthy fats.
Once you become an intuitive eater you’ll see what I mean when I say that your cravings for sugar and fat will no longer be an issue. Instead, you’ll crave healthy foods containing proteins, healthy fats, and good sources of carbohydrates.
Tip #1: Eat healthy foods that fill you up.
Tip#2: Follow the workouts
Tip#3: Listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs to get the best results.
Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? P90X3 will help you learn how to follow these tips to give your body exactly what it needs to accomplish your goals.
The P90X3 nutrition guide teaches you how to portion out your food in order to estimate the number of calories you are eating. Part of being able to intuitively eat is knowing portion sizes to get the right number of calories. There’s a cool trick you can use with your hands to calculate portion size, which I’ll post a picture of below. Now, you may be asking, well the hand trick is great and all. But how do I know how many calories I should be eating? Keep reading to find out.
Well, remember how I said that this nutrition guide was really simple? I wasn’t kidding. All you need to do is take a simple quiz to figure out how many calories you should be eating. You’ll add points into each category, for example, your gender, height, weight, and so on. Once you have entered everything in, you’ll have the number of calories that you need to eat! I’ll post a picture below so you can do it right now if you’d like.
Now, intuitive eating is a great goal to have in mind, but it won’t be for everyone. There will be people who want to track their food in order to know EXACTLY what they’re eating (I’m one of those people). I firmly believe that tracking what you eat is the way to go, I’m not just saying that because It’s what I do. It’s simply the most accurate way to get optimal results. The macronutrient ratios that you’ll be following in the P90X3 nutrition guide will be 30% proteins, 40% carbohydrates, and 30% fats.
One thing to keep in mind is that even though the calorie calculator may say that you should be eating X number of calories, it’s not a “one size fits all” kind of thing. Do testing to see how your body responds to eating that amount of food and adjust the numbers according to your goals.
So, here’s a great picture that shows you how much of each macronutrient you should be eating according to the 40/30/30 ratios:
In the end, it doesn’t matter whether you decide to track everything you eat or use the hand trick to determine portion control. What you need to have is a plan, don’t go into this program just “winging it”, that’s setting you up for big time failure. If you are new and just starting out, I highly recommend that you track your food in the beginning. This will give you a good idea of what actual portion sizes look like, and not just what you “think it should look like”. Then, once you’ve become used to seeing the correct portion sizes, you can try doing it on your own without tracking.
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