P90X Nutrition

I started using the P90X system last year. There are two basic sides to the P90X program the exercise portion and the nutritional system.

It seems easier to commit to doing a grueling, sweaty workout rather than trying to eat right  consistently so I wouldn’t have to work out so hard in the first place. Part of that for me is that I’m Italian. I love fresh bread and pasta. Growing up I can vividly remember my mother would make fresh hot bread and pizza besides the pasta that was like no other. The baked bread smell filled the house and made your mouth water in anticipation. And the taste was pure fabulous. No restaurant could come close to that goodness.

That memory makes it challenging for me to avoid breads and pastas. We all have our weaknesses or obstacles that sidetrack our best intentions. That coupled with time constraints for food preparation creates the possibility of stopping at the nearest fast food place when hungry and no food plan. Can you make the best choice considering the fast food menu?

Being successful with the P90X system requires you to eat right and they give you the road map to do it. Stray from the path and it will take you longer to get to where you want to go. Try driving across the country with a map for three quarters of the way and then losing the map and trying to find your way to your destination by guessing. You may get there, but your chances are diminished and it will take you longer.

P90X Abs Diet Transformation

P90X Abs Diet Transformation

The P90X system works along the same lines. If you follow a recipe exactly as written you will produce a successful tasty food dish. Follow the P90X system and you will achieve ripped abs as well as getting into the best shape of your life.

It’s when you stray from the recipe that the end product does not taste nor look the same. Do what works. It’s a matter of following directions and taking action with a commitment to reach your goal.

There are three nutritonal phases to the P90X  system. At some point in your abs diet journey with P90X, you will reach a point where you will have to actually eat more in order to have the energy to sustain your workouts. It sounds contradictory to losing weight, but it makes sense that you need to fuel your muscles.


The best part about this besides getting to eat more,… is that as you develop muscle, you body compensates by burning more fat. It takes 3500 calories to maintain 1 lb of muscle. That’s a nice trade off. Hopefully it inspires you to exercise. Here’s a glimpse of the P90X 3 phase nutritional program.


Phase IFat Shredder

50% PROTEIN  |  30% CARBS  |  20% FAT

Goal – Shed fat quickly from the body and build muscle.

You can eat chicken (not fried), turkey or beef without the bun or bread. Phase I is the fat shredder section. It is a high protein diet designed to strengthen muscles and shed fat quickly.

Phase IIEnergy Booster

40% PROTEIN  |  40% CARBS  |  20% FAT

Goal – Maintain Phase I changes with additional energy (carbs) for performance.

In this phase you can eat chicken, turkey, or beef with half a bun or bread. Avoid high fat dressings on salad. Stick to vinegar and oil when possible. During this phase your body is going to require more calories for ample energy to get through your workouts. The protein to carbohydrates is balanced while the fat intake remains the same.

Phase IIIEndurance Maximizer

20% PROTEIN  |  60% CARBS  |  20% FAT

Goal – Support peak physical performance over the long term. This is earned as a result of consistent hard fitness training.

You can eat chicken, turkey or beef with the bread. Choose whole wheat or multi grain when possible. At this stage you will need an athletic diet of complex carbohydrates, lean protein and lower fat, with emphasis on carbs. You will need this combination to get the most out of your training and reach the best shape of your life.

The P90X plan lays out your food choices daily from breakfast to dinner with healthy snacks in between. The guide lists tasty delicious highly nutritional recipes to follow. One thing I can say from experience, once you start eating better you immediately start feeling better. You’ll notice a difference and people will notice a difference in you.

Is there room in you abs diet for fast food?

I want to take a slice of the P90X nutritional manual and look at food choices. When you’re on the run and don’t have the time to shop your going to be tempted to eat not so healthy food. Typically this routes you to a fast food place. So what do you order to try to stay within the boundaries of your nutritional plan?

The majority of fast foods are high in fat and sodium. You want to avoid these foods as much as possible and certainly no more than a few times a week.

The following are some of the Fast Food Choices in the P90X system. Remember this is to be followed as a guide when you don’t have time to eat right.

Fast Food Guide

Subway – 6” wheat bread or multi grain, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, olives, pickles.


-Roast Beef

-Subway Club

-Turkey Breast

-Veggie delight

-Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki

-Turkey Breast and Ham

-Salads without dressing: Ham, Roast Beef, Veggie delight, Grilled chicken breast strips, Turkey Breast



-Grilled Chicken Caesar (no dressing)

Fruit, Yogurt Parfait

Jack in the Box

-Chicken Fajita Pita

Burger King

-Veggie Burger

-Tender Crisp Chicken Salad (no dressing or croutons)


-Jr. Hamburger

-Charbroiled Chicken Salad

-Garden Salad

Pizza Hut

-Thin n Crispy cheese pizza slice (1)

-Thin n Crispy veggie lovers slice (1)

Taco Bell

-Soft Taco – Beef or Chicken



-Jr. Hamburger

-Ultimate Chicken Grill

-Mandarin Chicken Salad

-Spinach Chicken Salad

-Plain Baked Potato


-Chargrill Chicken

-Garden Salad

Quick Home Options

Use these options sparingly when needed, and certainly don’t exceed more than one per day. You can find these typically in the frozen food section of your local grocer.

-Amy’s Kitchen

-Weight Watchers

-Lean Cuisine

-Cascadian Farms

-Cedariane Natural Food

-Healthy Choice

Watch these sample P90X Videos