Why am I so Tired after Doing P90X?

Tired After P90X

Why am I so Tired after Doing P90X?

So you are feeling super tired after and during your P90X workouts and you are wondering if this is normal.  First I would like to commend you because this usually means you are sticking to the P90X nutrition plan.  When you are in phase 1 of P90X whether it is level 1,2 or 3 you are limited to 1 carb.  This is going to have an affect on your body and most people feel this way after about 10 – 14 days into starting P90X.  At this point if you are dragging I would say to add in another carb to your diet.  This 1 extra card might be what you need to get you going again.  The genius of the P90X nutrition plan is it was designed to help you understand how certain foods react with you body.  Especially carbs.  Without them you feel drained and tired.  Eat too many of them and you feel drained and tired.  I don’t know about you but when I leave a nice Italian restaurant I am usually ready for a nap if I ate all of the goodies like loads of bread, pasta and more pasta.

When doing P90X, the nutrition plan wants you to introduce carbs back into your diet slowly so you can really see how many carbs you need to keep your body functioning at its’ peak but also at the same time not over doing it.  Remember, carbs are our friend.  Without them it would be tough to muster up the energy to “Bring It” every day with P90X and Tony Horton.

So if you find yourself dragging while doing P90X don’t worry, this is common,  just add in an extra carb and see what happens.  You will most likely find yourself feeling better within a couple days with more energy.  Also remember it is normal to feel tired when doing a workout of this caliber.  P90X is no walk in the park so it will take some getting used to as you build up your endurance.

One other thing you might want to experiment with is moving around the time you eat you your fruit.  Try eating it before your workout or after your workout.  Try eating it early in the morning or around dinner time.  See how you feel and I am pretty sure you will be able to pick out a time that is perfect for fruit.  It might even give you a little boost as well.

You could also try Shakeology.  It might be your healthiest meal of the day with over 70 ingredients.  I highly recommend Shakeology as it is great nutrition for the body after a work out like P90X.

Here is another option.  People always ask if they should take supplements.  I am not a nutritionist but I always say yes.

This is straight from Tony Horton’s book “Bring It” and he wants you to take his supplement challenge. For one week continue working out and eating clean but do not take any supplements. Then answer the 13 questions below.  At the start of the following week add your supplements back into your regiment and then answer the 13 questions again. Compare the number and you will see if supplements make a difference. Answer all questions on a 1-to-10 scale: 1=never and 10=always.  Make sure you are honest with yourself!

1. I experience sound, restful sleep most nights of the week.

2. I have plenty of energy throughout the day.

3. I have a healthy and normal appetite with very few craving.

4. I am happy with my present weight.

5. I’m enthusiastic about my fitness and have plenty of energy during exercise.

6. I’m good at handling stress.

7. I’m satisfied with the state of my libido.

8. My memory, cognition and mental acuity are good.

9. I have a good/full range of motion and am not experiencing joint pain.

10. My muscles are strong and lean and recover quickly after exercise.

11. My heart and long capacity are strong during cardiovascular exercise.

12. I have normal digestion with no stomach or intestinal issues.

13. I feel that i”m in good mental health, free from sadness, depression and anxiety.

Always remember one thing, supplements are supplementary to basic health maintenance. Supplements build upon a foundationof proper eating, sleep and rest. You can not live on supplements alone!

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Is There a P90X Cheat Day?

P90X Cheat DayI’ve been asked at least a hundred times if there is a food cheat day in the P90X nutrition plan or can you cheat 1 day a week while doing P90X?  The definitive answer is always the same, NO!  Now does this mean that you can’t indulge in a piece of cheese cake or a have a few beers now and then?  Of course it doesn’t, but think about what kind of results you are trying to attain. Following the P90X nutrition plan is just as important as the workouts themselves so if you want a cheat day it will probably show.  I don’t eat 100% clean 100 percent of the time.  I really don’t want too.  I do try and follow a 90-10 rule though.  I try and eat clean about 90% of the time and 10% of the time I might indulge in a libation or 4 slices of pizza or some awesome Mexican food or, well, you get the picture.  What does this mean?  Well, I figure my results will be about 90% of what they really could be and I’m OK with that.  Do I want to see my six pack or drink a 6 pack?  Well I want both but unfortunately it doesn’t seem like I will be able to have my cake and eat it too.  I have had some great results but I just want those belly bursting foods when I want them and that’s it.  So did I cheat?  Well, I wouldn’t call it that but I did stray from the nutrition plan a few times.  Most of the time I was eating really good so I wasn’t to concerned with it.  The 90 – 10 rule is a good rule to follow.  At the very least you should follow the 80 – 20 rule and eat clean about 80% of the time.  If you can accomplish this you will see some pretty good results.

Lucky for me I do not have to many cravings.  I really don’t care about sweets, candy, pastries, junk food or fast food. My weaknesses are Mexican food, Italian food (carbs galore) and a nice cold beer. I guess that’s not too bad.  If I limit myself to just these few vices I am pretty happy with my results.

There are the 100% people out there who say you have to eat clean 100% of the time.  If you can do this then go for it.  I can do it too I just choose not too.  90 – 10 works for me.  Sometimes it’s even 100% and sometimes it’s 95%.  It really is habit for me now to stay in the clean 90% so I really don’t have to think about it too much.  You will find that the better you eat the less cravings you will have and of course you will have more energy and feel better too.  You will want to keep feeling this way so eating clean will become your habit too.

Is the P90X Nutrition Plan Important?

Is the P90X Nutrition Plan Important?

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Have you ever heard the old saying “abs are made in the kitchen”?  Well, there is some truth to that.  What you eat is just as important as the workouts themselves.  You can’t eat Burger King everyday for lunch and expect to see your six pack.  It might be there but it will stay covered with a layer of fat if you are eating horrible.

Before starting the P90X 90 day workout you really need to sit down and do some planning.  You need to pull out the P90X nutrition guide and figure out which approach you are going to take and which level you are at.  Taking these steps are going to set you up for getting the best P90X results possible.

No matter what type of exercise your are doing or what workout program you are following you should always take the time to consider what you are going to eat and make some calculations based on what your goals are and what you are trying to achieve. Actually take the time to plan out your meals in advance so you don’t find yourself stopping at Taco Bell every day for lunch.

The P90X nutrition plan takes the guess work out of the equation and tells you what to eat and how much if you choose the meal plan approach. Just flip open the nutrition guide, go to breakfast, lunch or dinner, select what level you are at and pick your meal.  There are multiple meals to choose from.

So before you are start working out, figure out your meals.

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If you are doing P90X and you are wondering if you should follow the P90X nutrition plan I can give you a quick answer, YES.  If you don’t have the help of a nutritionist and you want to see the best results then follow the P90X nutrition guide.  For some it might take some getting used to and some might already be following it and not even know it.  Is the P90X a nutrition plan a cure all for everyone?  Well it is a great nutrition guide to help you on your way but everyone is different.  That is what is so good about this plan, it can grow and change with you.  The P90X nutrition plan is designed to help you recognize how your body reacts to carbohydrates.  Since each individual will have a different intensity level your carb intake could be lower or higher.  This will be determined in the first phase of the P90X nutrition plan which is the fat shredder phase.  Someone who already has a low body fat percentage will not stay in this phase too long as you will need more carbs to give you the energy you need to complete your P90X work outs. Phase 1 consists of 50% protein, 30% carbs and 20% fat.  You will follow phase 1 of the P90X nutrition plan for 30 days unless you feel like you need more energy.  If you are already fit you might only be in this phase for a week or two.  If you are trying to burn more fat then this phase can be extended if you feel you have enough energy to push hard during your work outs.

From here you will move on to phase 2 of the P90X nutrition plan which consists of 40% protein, 40% carbs and 20% fat.  This is a more well rounded plan that you can use as long as you like as long as you have ample energy and you are feeling great. You will be adding 1 or 2 more carbs into your menu depending on which level you are at so you will be able to judge how you feel, did you gain any weight etc.  If anything changes you can always adjust accordingly.

Phase 3 of the P90X nutriton plan is the last phase and is 20% protein, 60% carbs and 20% fat.  If you are pushing your body to the limit then you will be able to stay in this phase. This is an athletic diet regiment.  If you are “Bringing It” then you will have no problem staying  in this  phase. Some people decide to stay in phase 2 because they are seeing awesome results but you have to try Phase 3 at some point.  Some people hesitated to move on to phase 3 because it is carb-heavy and because they thought they would gain weight but were surprised when they had even better results.  Athletes have to eat more carbs because their bodies are finely tuned fat burning machines.  You will determine which phase you should stay in but must give phase 3 a try.  It just might bring you to the next level.  You can always add and subtract carbs to fit what works best with your body.

The P90X nutrition plan also comes with 3 approaches and you will decide which approach is best for you. They are “The Portion Approach”, “The Meal Plan Approach” and “The Quick Option Approach”. So as you can see there is something for everyone.  Even if you need to run into Subway or Taco Bell for a quick lunch the P90X nutrition plan gives you that option.  Obviously you should not exceed one fast food meal per day but if you are on the go and need something quick you have the option.

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