Daniel used soccer, the gym, and his “sandwich and cereal” diet to get into decent shape. But it didn’t last and he got lazy. He tried P90X but didn’t stick with it and quit after 60 days. When X2 came out, the fire was re-lit, and even though he had regressed to a fitness level worse than when he started P90X, he was determined to make a fresh start and stick with this to the end. He is now a graduate of the DEUCE, P90X2! And he got awesome results! Congrats Daniel!
Daniel’s Story =
I have been struggling with my weight all my life. As a child I was overweight. At the age of 15 I decided to make a change for the good. I started playing soccer everyday and got on a diet which consisted mostly of sandwiches and cereal (I was clueless on what good eating consisted of). Incredibly, my sandwich and cereal diet worked! It was probably mainly because of the 3 hours of soccer everyday though. I lost about 20 pounds and was happy with the way I looked but I wanted more. I decided to join a gym and started lifting weights. I got good results in the gym but hit a plateau after about 8 months.
Then I heard a friend talking about p90x. I had NO idea what that was but I laughed at him when he told me he would have better results doing p90x than my results going to the gym. We never knew who got better results though, because he gave up after 2 weeks. I was still curious about his confidence when he told me he would have better results so I did a little research on the program. The results of people who completed the program were completely AMAZING. They all looked like professional athletes after just 90 days. I continued my research and saw close to ZERO negative feedback. After this I was convinced I had to buy p90x so I ordered it. I started as soon as it arrived. The first thing I notice was that this was HARD. I had never done anything like it. The first week I was so sore I could barely walk. I now understood why my friend only lasted 2 weeks even though he was in good shape. It takes more than good shape to finish this, it takes a strong will. I was challenged but as Tony Horton said “Nobody said this was easy”.
Sadly my will wasn’t strong enough and I gave up on day 60. The best excuse I have for giving up is that I did not think I could get any better. My day 60 results were amazing and I felt the next month would just be a waste of time but I was completely wrong and was looking for an excuse to quit. After quitting I returned to my old life. I stopped exercising and started eating whatever I felt like eating. In about 8 months I gained 30 pounds and was even fatter than in my day 0 of p90x. It was totally embarrassing to go from having a four pack to having love handles once again. I tried several times to get back on track but I just could not find the motivation, but everything change when I heard p90x 2 was coming out. I don’t remember ever being that excited for a product (even as a kid, lol). I pre-ordered it and waited anxiously for it to arrived. As soon as it arrived I began my p90x 2 journey. It was REALLY hard since day 1.
I was once again in really bad shape so even doing 3 pull ups was a challenge. I struggled through the first phase but kept moving forward! The second phase was really similar to the original p90x and this got me really pumped to do my best because of the previous results I got from p90x. I finished the second phase and was really happy with the results but I knew I had a lot more a potential. The third phase was absolutely CRAZY! P.A.P. upper (which features our coach Wayne) and P.A.P. lower were the best workouts I had ever done! Both are strength workouts but I sweat more than with Plyocide! I didn’t even think about quitting this phase because the results I could get with these workouts inspired me to move forward and push beyond my limits.
The results did not disappointed me. I lost 25 pounds on my whole p90x 2 journey! Tony Horton, once again, created a workout that delivers extremes results if you just push yourself! Right after I finished I became a Beachbody coach. After all this time I finally learned that fitness is not something you do for 90 days and then stop, it’s something you work on everyday and I thank Beachbody, Tony Horton, and coach Wayne for teaching me this. Now I’m starting a p90x/p90x2/insanity hybrid and will post my results as soon as I am finish. Thank you for reading and bring it!
JR, Coach pretty much nailed it but it sounds like you're getting into some of the areas I had questions on not too long ago. There's a lot out there right now about calories in/out vs. low carb etc. and I'm by no means an expert but I can share with you the mindset that got me through a pretty tough plateau. The number one thing is calories. Coach is right on, if you're burning more calories than you're taking in you will lose weight (not 100% fat but nearly if...) You consume enough protein to spare muscle loss. I can only speak for myself but I consume between 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per lb of lean mass. A little more/less depending on the routine for that day. I make up what's left of my calories between good carbs and fats and like I said before, I've blasted through a plateau. Just my two cents, but the 50/30/20 is just a ratio, if you're eating 5000 calories a day, probably way too much protein (AND calories). If you're eating 1000 calories a day, probably not enough protein. Get enough protein and use the rest of your calories wisely to remain in a deficit and you're good.
Nice job Daniel! Best of luck in your hybrid! Hey Johnathan - I purchased a kitchen scale about 6 months ago and its really helped me dial in my nutrition. I had been using MFP to track my percentages, but had been estimating weights if I couldn't find an option in their database in tablespoons or cups. The scale has made all the difference! What I thought looked like about 60 grams of red grapes was actually over 100 grams, etc. I found mine for under $25 at a home goods store - but they might have them for even less on Amazon.
hey coach wayne quick q. i bought some chicken tenderloines and it says a serving size is 4 0z but there are a bunch of them in their how would i calculate them??
Either weigh them or look at the total weight of the package and do some simple division to determine what each one should weigh.
Dr. Wyatt, Woohoo testify! I can't wait to see the look on her face! I'm sure it'll be priceless! And to answer your question, she's actually 6' and is skinny as a rail. She almost looks sick that's how skinny she is. Oh, and about the other question regarding the R/R. What are your thoughts on that? Thanks a mill sir!
Glad to help. I actually LOVE the R/R formula. I use it after every hard workout. But as an alternative, I'd recommend a banana and whey (rather than gatorade and whey). I don't like the artificial sugars in gatorade. I prefer a natural sugar and electrolyte option like a banana.
You got me motivated. I broke my wrist snowboarding so I have to wait two weeks to start again after I get my cast off. I will try playing soccer (i ref too) to start loosing weight. Any tips on diet? Crongrats by the way.
Hi doc, First of all happy easter...: ) Okay so two things, my wife's BFF is a registered nutritionist. We talked about my goals with P90X and the diet it consists. In a nutshell, she hates the 50/30/20 fat shredder diet. She thinks it's dangerous and can lead to ketosis. What's more, she thinks too much protein can hinder weight and fat loss. That yes I'll gain more muscle, but it will keep my fat levels the same. I think she's crazy, but then again she is a nutritionist. Second, I've been reading online that some people prefer whey protein powder with a little Gatorade as a recovery formula over anything else. Some have claimed it's better than P90X's R/R. I wanted to get your professional thoughts on both, and especially some useful amo I can use against my wife's friend's ideas on fat loss. Thank you sir
Hey JR, just a couple points = 1) Your nutritionist friend's negative feelings toward a fat shredder diet are probably based on what she feels is not ideal for LONG TERM. We all agree. No one should be on a fat shredder diet for life. It does put extra strain on the kidneys and liver to process high protein for months / years on end. 2) However, no one advocates doing fat shredder for life. It is a proven, safe, effective way to melt fat off quickly and get your body into a much better state of health, at which point the nutrition shifts to a more balanced macronutrient ratio. 3) P90X and it's nutrition guide are the most popular program in history. Millions and millions have used it and are in far better health than they have ever been. How many cases of dangerous side effects do you hear of from people who adhered to a fat shredder diet? None? If it were dangerous BB would be out of business from being sued by people who were injured by a "dangerous diet". 4) Show me anyone with normal blood chemistry who can go into ketosis on 30% carbs!! To put your body into ketosis, you have to be at nearly 0 carbs. 30% carbs is hardly dangerous and definitely not in the same ballpark as zero (aka atkins diet). 30% carbs is a slight deficit, not a dangerous ketosis-inducing level. 5) Offer to get some keto strips from your local walgreens ($10) and make her a bet that you can do the fat shredder diet for a set amount of time (however long you will need to in order to get to your body fat goal) and if at any point you show ketosis in your urine she wins. If not, you win. Put your money where your mouth is! I've seen study after study showing that you have to be at less than 10% carbs before ketosis is even a possibility. 6) Study after study also shows that when running a calorie deficit, higher protein groups retain more muscle and shed body fat more quickly than those on a moderate or low protein diet. When losing weight, keeping protein high is critical. That's not an opinion. Every study I've seen says the same thing. Google it yourself and you'll see. 7) Lastly, what's your wife's BFF's body fat %? (no, don't go there ....) Hope that helps!