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Revise the P90x diet for me!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 18, 2012 at 4:29 AM

So, a friend of mine sent me the full P90x set as a Christmas present, and I received it today. I know that it's generally not considered ideal to exercise vigorously for such a long period of time without rest (3 months), but I figured I'd commit to it, if only because I currently don't have a gym membership, and it was a pretty expensive gift!

Anyways, looking through the nutritional guide, I noticed that they are really big on the low fat, controlled carb thing, and so I was hoping someone could give the diet a paleo makeover, and tweak the macro ratios if necessary. Anything that would help with muscle recovery, increased energy/performance, etc. If it's possible to gauge roughly how much I should consume, if there is a specific time in regards to my exercising (which will probably be morning on most days) that I should eat, and everything else you can think of to help make this as beneficial as possible, that'd be greatly appreciated!

A little information on me, in case it helps:
Sex: female
Age: 17
Weight: 135 lbs, 20% body fat (according to calipers), 26" waist, 39" hips
Current activity level: Pretty average. I walk to work (about 2 miles) and stand for about 5 hours at work. No rigorous exercise.

Have not yet eaten strict paleo for a substantial amount of time.

Thanks so much!

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on December 18, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Yes, the exact things you mentioned above :)

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on December 18, 2012
at 07:28 AM

What foods do you mean when you mention reincorporating "some" foods? Something like minimally processed dairy, tubers, or even rice (I've heard of a few very active people in the paleosphere eating it)?

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06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on December 18, 2012
at 05:43 AM

To start, I would eat pretty strict paleo for at least a few weeks (three would probably be best) before you begin something like this. This will be stressful enough without throwing some very high intensity exercise into the equation.

As to the nutrition plan: IIRC, the P90X plan begins with fairly low carb during the first 30 days and then ramps them up during the next two phases. I would recommend you continue to eat a fairly strict paleo diet for the first 30 days and then attempt to reincorporate some foods. Charting your macronutrient breakdown and eating accordingly will be maddening for you if you haven't done it before. This added stress could very well be counterproductive to the outcomes you are trying to achieve. A strict paleo diet with some moderate carb instake will probably give you results that you will really like.

I'll hold my personal thoughts on the program. It's cool that someone got you a gift with the intentions of helping you to improve your health. Good luck with achieving your results!

Matt
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667f41fb2e808d7264b9434d9c81269f

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on December 18, 2012
at 07:28 AM

What foods do you mean when you mention reincorporating "some" foods? Something like minimally processed dairy, tubers, or even rice (I've heard of a few very active people in the paleosphere eating it)?

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on December 18, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Yes, the exact things you mentioned above :)

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on December 18, 2012
at 04:33 PM

I'm on phase II of p90x. I eat all kinds of fish, eggs, very minimal chicken, all kinds of veggies, sweet potatoes, bananas, green apples, berries, nuts, nut butters, minimal full fat greek yogurt (not paleo) and use coconut oil/avocado/coconut products/ghee/olive oil for fats. I was fine at first eating around 50g of carbs, but i burnt out FAST and my mood was horrible. I eat anywhere from 75-110g now and it has helped dramatically. Obviously varies for different people but I really wouldn't recommend going low carb while trying to do p90x, but maybe experiment and see how you feel? Also, I incorporate a food dense in carbs into whatever meal I have before my workout. For me, it's usually a banana with my breakfast.

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on December 18, 2012
at 06:58 AM

Lots of sweet potatoes or Yams and fruit , i dont care what anyone tells u , eating low carb when doing any HIIT will fil miserably trust me dont get burned out . HIIT will indeed give u tons of stamina and a great body Only if u take care of your glycogen levels . U dont have to eat grains and dairy but get those carbs in or YOU WILL CRASH !!!

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