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Paleo diet adapted for P90X?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 25, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Hi, guys.

I've been doing P90X before I went paleo, though I never really finished the program. I plan to start again with it (P90X), but following a Paleo diet, this time. I understand P90X plans the diet in 3 stages, a different one every month, starting with a low-carb and working through a high carb diet.

I'd like to have your suggestion as what kind of fat, carbs, and proteins ratio should i follow, during the whole program, or dividing it (as it was originally) in 3 stages, and about how should I eat, overall, during the program.

Has anyone adapted the P90X diet with a paleo approach?

I greatly appreciate your suggestions.

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"Yes, I was a vegan for years -- and I felt great doing it. But the problem was that I couldn’t keep weight on, eating just veggies, fruit, beans, and nuts, so I had to rethink my strategy. I still eat tons of veggies, but I'm now a free-range chicken, wild salmon and other healthy fish-eating type of guy, too. I’ve also cut back on my grains, having discovered that the less gluten I eat, the better it is for my body and brain chemistry"-Tony Horton

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Just eat Paleo - plenty of fat and protein, and enough carbs (i.e. sweet potatoes) to support your activity. My favorite post-workout combo is whatever protein I have handy + sweet potatoes whipped with coconut milk and cinnamon. Delicious cold.

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on March 25, 2012
at 07:28 PM

I agree with gismcieri and Crystal. Just eat Paleo...you'll notice you don't have to "kill" yourself and your time with workouts.

I do P90X on and off throughout the month to mix up my workouts, but I've slowly migrated toward the Mark Sisson Camp of more Primal style workouts - hit it hard and fast for 30 minutes MAX (most are 15-20). With that, I don't have to rely too much on the need for starch. Burning fat is fine.

Bump up the fat (GOOD meat fat/skin...meaning grass fed/finished meats to avoid the crap that can build up in the fat from production meats), oils, butter - yes, good raw butter is good too, even though you don't like it.

At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH?? Even Tony says after the 90 days, take a break. From the "primal" perspective, would any of our ancestors being "taking a break" from the day to day necessities of putting food on the table, etc? This way of eating and "training" is a lifestyle, right? - referring to the Paleo or Primal lifestyle ...not a short term solution for the summer bikini, speedo (I'm NOT saying this is you). Just throwing a two cent perspective.

With that said, I do think more starch with the P90X routine may be necessary as you're pushing 60 minutes with some of the routines.

It all goes back to what you're after? Size? leaning out? strength? endurance? Or, do you just want to look good in the sack? Enjoy life, family, and yourself!

Good luck!

~Craig - Paleo for 4 months, then 95% for the past year. I'll do a bit of dairy (raw butter or cheese on occasion). NO grains. Lost 20 lbs, no more gas, digestion issues, better attitude, allergies virtually GONE.

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on March 25, 2012
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Eat Paleo and discover what happens, tweak after a few weeks and read and listen to Rob Wolf. I have no problem with diary as long as you enjoy it.

if muscle mass ( I doubt it here) is your goal- extra carbs will be needed to feed the muscles as well as protein.

But if cardio and weight loss is important, switching the body over to being a fat burner instead of a carb/sugar burner is what paleo workouts are all about.

good luck lets us know

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on March 25, 2012
at 05:28 PM

Eating Low Carb paleo will work well at first after a while its likely you will have to add starches. At first I would try following the nutrition plan adding a fat or protein block for the carb block and see how it goes. Your body will tell you quickly if its working. If you haven't done low carb its also likely you will fell horrible the first week as the bod goes from carb to fat burning. So you may want to switch to paleo for a few weeks before p90x or you may not be able to finish the workouts at first.

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on March 25, 2012
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My parents did P90X, and they followed the meal plan it comes with, just from a slightly more paleo approach. They ate slightly higher protein than they normally would, as per the recommended plan, but they didn't eat gluten (they still have rice) and the plan is really low fat, so they abandoned that. A typical day of eating was: omelet with avocado for breakfast, seafood soup for lunch with a "big-ass salad" as my dad would say (usually with sliced steak or tenderloin), and a cut of meat or fish with a large vegetable side, and some sort of potato or root vegetable component. That being said, my parents are in their 50's, and my mom especially just doesn't need to eat as many calories as someone in their 20's would.

Including starches was important for them, because otherwise they felt pretty tired (they are long workouts! I did it for a bit, but found it really time consuming). Otherwise, they just ate when they were hungry, maybe added one snack in if they were fatigued, but didn't radically change their diet.

Because it's different for every person, I would play it by ear a bit- keep close tabs on how your energy levels are for the first week, then adjust your eating accordingly. If you feel fatigue in the early evening, maybe add a snack in there. Track your calories to see if you are eating enough to make up for what you burn. Consider adding in some fruits or more starches to replenish glycogen stores if fatigue becomes an issue. If you are having a hard time eating enough calories, start glugging olive oil onto all your meals as an easy, tasty way to add more fuel. Pay attention to how you feel, and enjoy the exercise!

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on March 25, 2012
at 05:08 PM

I did p90x and curently am doing p90x2. I follow a primal/paleo diet, and started going primal 2 months into my original p90x experience. I'd say follow the paleo diet as normal it will be fine. I like to get a good amount of protein as low-glycemic carbs post workout. Not totally paleo, but I do a whey protein shake usually with strawberries, bluberries, apple, (whatever fruits I have) water ice, almondmilk, cinnamon. The shake tastes f'in great. I'd say modify with more sweet potatoes if your working real hard too. The p90x deit guide has some good things in it but also has a lot of crap. ie they hate butter, red meat, no mention of coconut oil and they love whole grains, veggie oil and soy. F that noise. Did u know Tony is a vegan? He's also a freak, but despite his vegan-ness I like him. Hope this helps. Check out my band www.theWindsorOaksBand.com

~ Shane

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"Yes, I was a vegan for years -- and I felt great doing it. But the problem was that I couldn’t keep weight on, eating just veggies, fruit, beans, and nuts, so I had to rethink my strategy. I still eat tons of veggies, but I'm now a free-range chicken, wild salmon and other healthy fish-eating type of guy, too. I’ve also cut back on my grains, having discovered that the less gluten I eat, the better it is for my body and brain chemistry"-Tony Horton

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