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Diet FAQs

Q: Can you create a Meal Plan for me?

A: No, I will not create Meal Plans for individuals. If you are interested in a customized Meal Plan, consider the Club Membership, which will create meal plans for you. It’s cheap at only $2.99 per week (billed 38.87 per quarter).  I have posted several sample diets that I used for you to look at if interested in using my diet as a template for your own (see the “Nutrition Tips / Sample Diets” tab above).

Q: It’s hard to eat healthy during work. What can I do to stay committed with the diet?

A: I HIGHLY recommend Shakeology, which has become the most popular Beachbody supplement! Beachbody is so sure that you will like the product, that they give a 30 day “bottom of the bag” money back guarantee! If you aren’t sure that Shakeology is all it’s cracked up to be, try it.  It won’t cost you anything if you are disappointed.  I was skeptical until I tried it.  I am now a total believer, and I won’t go a day without it!  To learn more about Shakeology, click here.

Q: Did you follow the Nutrition Guide?

A: I followed the Nutrition Guide as closely as possible, but there were some foods that I didn’t like, so I would substitute them with one’s that were very similar in nutritional value. I also adjusted the calorie guidelines so that I ran a bigger calorie deficit to cut more body fat (see my post regarding this).  It’s very important to get in the proper fat/carb/protein % every day. It should be 20/30/50 during Phase 1, 20/40/40 during Phase 2, and 20/50/30 during Phase 3. Those are just % of total calories. You can keep track of everything by posting what you eat every day into a website program / phone app like MyFitnessPal and you’ll have all of your nutrition information at your fingertips all day long.  Also, the Club Membership creates specific meal plans for you if you’d like to use that service.

Q: What does your diet look like?

A: I’ve posted my Nutrition Tips as well as sample diets HERE.

Q: Do you have any tips for gaining mass?

A: If you want to gain mass, you have to eat more calories and take in more carbs, which will fuel your muscles to work harder during your workouts (This will look like Phase 3 of the nutrition guide).  You may even have to take in MORE calories than the guide suggests.  Next, take in the proper supplements. 2-3 protein shakes are essential if you’re looking to gain mass! Also, I recommend the Results and Recovery formula, Creatine, and a Pre-Workout supplement for increasing muscle recovery and promoting muscle building.  When working out, do lower reps using heavier weights (8-10, push to failure).  Read my other tips for building mass HERE.

Q: I have been following the diet and workouts to a tee, but have not lost any weight (or even gained weight). Am I doing something wrong?

A: You have to remember that you are both burning fat and building muscle at the same time. You can’t base your results from what you see on the scale. Instead, you need to pay attention to the amount of inches lost and what you see in the mirror.  Also, be sure you are tracking everything you eat, and that you are being honest about portion size.  You might be consuming more calories than you think if you are just going with the “I’m trying to eat healthy” approach rather than actually tracking everything!

QIs it OK to wake up in the morning and work out, or should I eat beforehand?

A: It is not necessary to eat anything before you workout, especially if you are doing it in the morning and crunched on time. The last thing you want to happen is cramp up because you ate something and didn’t give it enough time to digest. However, if you do have time to eat, like an hour, then eat a small simple carbohydrate like an apple or a protein item like a scoop of whey. This will give you more energy during your workout. The most important time to eat would be AFTER your workout when the body demands simple carbohydrates and protein for recovery. You have about an hour span after your workout to eat or take your Recovery Formula.

Q: I’m a woman and worried about getting too muscular with P90X. Should I be worried?

A: The answer is NO!  Many women have followed the Classic version, which is a balance of both cardio and resistance workouts, and don’t get muscular at all! They just lost a lot of body fat and got very toned. Also, women don’t have anywhere close to the testosterone levels that men do, which makes it much harder for them build muscle. If you focus on 12-15 reps, you will be fine!

Q: Is it OK to drink coffee?

A: There is nothing wrong with having a cup or two of coffee throughout the day. Caffeine actually speeds up the metabolism, and has been known to have positive affects on your workouts as well. Just about all the pre-workout supplements that you see on the market today have caffeine in them! Just stay away from the cream and sugar!

Q: Is it OK to drink diet pop?

A: As a former diet pop addict, this is hard to admit, but diet pop is NOT good for you!  It doesn’t have any calories or sugar like regular pop, but it’s so full of fake stuff that if you can keep your diet pop drinking to a bare minimum (1-2 per week) it will benefit you greatly.  I did’t like to drink water when I started this healthy chapter of my life, but one thing that helped me get off my diet pop addiction was to drink flavored water.  Now I drink water all the time and love it.  I just had to break the habit.

QI am having trouble reaching my protein mark for the day. What snacks can I add to increase my protein?

A: Look to lean cuts of meats (chicken, turkey, fish) and whey protein, as well as egg whites.  For snacks, I recommend protein bars, beef jerky, low-fat cottage cheese, non-fat / sugar free yogurt, almonds, and reduced fat string cheese.

Q: Is it OK to have a cheat day or cheat meal?

A: I hate cheat meals!  If you have a cheat meal or cheat day every week, it will slow your results and you will become discouraged. It takes a lot of self-discipline to eat 100% clean, but with sacrifice comes great rewards.  Once you have reached the level of fitness you want, a cheat meal once a week doesn’t hurt you.  But if you are trying to make progress toward a goal, cheating will make it nearly impossible to get to that goal.

Q: Can I stay on the Fat Shredder diet for longer than the first phase?

A: Yes! If you want to lose body fat and weight quicker, stick with the Fat Shredder Phase as long as you want. I followed the Fat Shredder diet for the entire first 3 months of my first round of P90X. However, if you hit a plateau or start bonking during workouts while on the Fat Shredder diet, then move to the next phase or change things up to get your system jump started.

Q: How much water should I drink throughout the day?

A: At least 8 glasses per day.  If you are taking creatine, you will need even more water.  Make sure that when you urinate, it’s clear or nearly clear.

Q: I’ve lost my Nutrition Guide. Do you know where I can get another one?

A: If you purchased P90X through a Beachbody Coach or through the main Beachbody site, then you should be able to contact Beachbody Customer Service and get a new one. However, if you purchased the program through a 3rd party (like eBay or Amazon), then you won’t be able to get a new one.

QThe Nutrition Guide wants me to take in 3,000 calories per day, but I think this is too much! Should I force myself to eat this many?

A: No! It’s never good to feel stuffed after you eat. Remember, you lose body fat and weight by burning more calories than you take in. You have to find that happy medium to where you feel comfortable after every meal – not full, but not too hungry.  I was able to stay at roughly 2,000 calories during Round 1 of P90X, which allowed my body to cut 43 lbs of fat while still getting stronger.  I don’t need to cut anymore fat now, so I take in 3,000 calories per day and while I continue to build muscle and definition, I am not still losing any weight.

Q: Is it OK to use artificial sweetener?

A: You’ll hear multiple opinions on this, but I use artificial sweetener.  I use Splenda as a sweetener on strawberries, for instance.  In moderation, I feel that it’s fine.