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Any advice?
Any advice?
p90x nutrition plan lean version lower abs lower abdominal muscles
12/12/12 8:31 PM
Hello,

I've been doing P90X on and off for just about a year now. I'm a 5"8, 17 year old male and I weigh approximately 130 lbs.

I've always been pretty fit, but lately I've set the goal of obtaining a 6 pack abs. The thing is, I can't seem to get past a 4 pack as I have a layer of skin/fat covering my lower abdominal muscles.

I eat just a healthy as the next guy. I'm only a 17 year old so I don't have the means of obtaining the food required for a nutrition plan.

What should I do if I want to lose the fat on my lower abs? Should I pick up the lean version of P90X and focus on cardio? Should I do the doubles routine?
Maybe I should just eat less?

I'm not sure, any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.

edit: I would like to mention that I found a bucket of whey protein powder so I may be interested in using that emoticon.
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RE: Any advice?
12/13/12 4:14 PM as a reply to CharlesDA.
CharlesDA:
Hello,

I've been doing P90X on and off for just about a year now.


If you want to see results, you need to be consistent, there's no two ways about it. This goes for your nutrition as well.

CharlesDA:

I eat just a healthy as the next guy. I'm only a 17 year old so I don't have the means of obtaining the food required for a nutrition plan.


By and large, most 17yr olds don't eat that healthy - fast food, alcohol etc, but that's beside the point. My suggestion would be to follow the portion plan of P90X instead of the meal plan. Pick the most affordable options for each food portion and go with that. The challenge for you will be to stay with it because that will mean you won't have much variety for foods.

CharlesDA:
Hello,
What should I do if I want to lose the fat on my lower abs? Should I pick up the lean version of P90X and focus on cardio? Should I do the doubles routine?
Maybe I should just eat less?

  1. Do cardio
  2. Eat less
  3. Sleep

That it pretty much it when it comes to losing weight, so P90X Lean would be the best program for you. There's a bit more to it, but basically that's what you need to do. That being said, make sure you don't go crazy and starve yourself or you will end up doing more harm than good(including weight gain).

At your weight you would fall in Level 1 for caloric needs, 1800cal/day - seeing as you're a teen(fast metabolism)and have low body fat already, I would suggest you up that by at least 200-300cal or more and also add more carbs to fuel you for the workouts, otherwise you will bonk.

Sleeping is the easiest thing you can do to help you lose that stubborn fat. Make sure you get at least 8hrs of sleep every night. Sleep will help your body recover from your workouts. Also, don't make the mistake of thinking you can catch-up on sleep, you simply can't. You might feel "more" rested on the weekend when you sleep more to make up for your weekdays lack of sleep, but the damage is done during the week when your body doesn't get enough sleep.


CharlesDA:
I would like to mention that I found a bucket of whey protein powder so I may be interested in using that emoticon.

If you can afford it, that you shouldn't have any issues with getting the foods you need for the portion plan. Go ahead and use the Whey Protein as well, but please keep in mind that Protein powder is nothing but a meal replacement. It will not supercharge you or help you in any other way except to give you an easy and quick protein intake.

My apologies for the wall-o-text, but I hope that helps emoticon

Cheers,
Manny
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RE: Any advice?
12/13/12 4:37 PM as a reply to CharlesDA.
Manny is offering some great advice; however, if I were you at 5'7" 130 lbs I would assume that I don't really need to lose much body fat. That being said the lean version might be a little extreme for now. I think it would be best to just stick with the classic version of P90X and focus on building muscle for a little while. At 17 and 130 lbs I can only imagine that you probably don't really have very strong abs to begin with. So again that being said I would just focus on strength. Hope this helps dude!
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RE: Any advice?
12/13/12 6:07 PM as a reply to CharlesDA.
Wow..this is almost weird for me to read. I am exactly the same as you..5'7, 132 pounds, 17 years old. Strange..haha. I had the same issue as you for the whole idea of having a 4 pack and not a 6 pack. Just keep up the program and don't fall off, you have to stay committed to get the best results. Another thing I would recommend, dont just do Ab Ripper X, try to mix up your ab routine. Muscle confusion works at its best when you hit the muscles with other things. Just do P90X on the classic routine and you should see the results over time. Keep eating healthy and try to follow good portion sizes and you should see the results you're looking for.
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RE: Any advice?
12/13/12 6:14 PM as a reply to CharlesDA.
Try cutting the carbs out where you can. Do you eat a lot of white breads? Pasta? Chips/snacks? If so, find a alternative to these. I did this last year while doing P90X and really leaned out my abs more than ever. Give it a shot.
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RE: Any advice?
12/18/12 2:35 PM as a reply to CharlesDA.
Abs are made in the kitchen! It might be difficult, but everyone has access to healthy foods. They might not be exactly what is in the meal plan, but you can make it work.

Look for oatmeal, eggs, brown rice, chicken, and turkey. If you can buy in bulk and freeze, it will be easier on your bank account as well. If you buy local at a farmers market, you can save money on fruits and vegetables. Also, look for what foods are in season and those tend to offer lower costs as well.
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