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Meal Planning/Timing Questions
I just got my P90X package in the mail and am signing up and posting here for the first time. I'm excited to get started but I'm not quite ready to just "jump in" yet. I've been reading the fitness and nutrition guides, getting the equipment together, setting up the workout room, etc., trying to make sure I'm prepared to do this right. I'm planning to get started on day 1 next week. The nutrition area is probably where I need the most work. My wife and I do NOT eat right and I know getting into a routine of eating healthier will be a challenge. I've got the basic concepts of the phases, approaches, and levels described in the nutrition guide down well enough I think. One area that I seem to be having issues with at this point is "timing" of the meals/snacks. The guide seems to me to be fairly generic in this regard. It says to eat "every few hours" (I'm using 3 for my planning purposes), to try and avoid eating anything approximately 3 hours prior to going to bed, and lastly a tidbit on the recovery formula saying it should be used within 1 hour of a workout and be the only thing consumed during that hour. So armed with that information, I set off to work out my eating schedule. I guess I'm just looking for confirmation that I'm at least on the right track with my thinking.

Given my lifestyle, work schedule, and the fact that I am NOT a morning person, my plan is to do the workouts in the late afternoon after I get home from work. Working around that, I was looking at the following schedule:
* Breakfast at 7:30 (this will be odd for me, not necessarily due to the time, but simply because I typically don't eat breakfast...unless a couple of cups of coffee when I get to work counts. See, I told you I don't eat right!)
* Snack at 10:30
* Lunch at 1:30 (again, this will be odd for me as I'm currently accustomed to eating lunch at 11:00 with my co-workers)
* Snack at 4:30 (this is also the time frame that I typically get home from work and had planned to do my workouts)
* Which finally puts me at a dinner time of 7:30 (again, odd for me as I'm currently accustomed to eating dinner around 5 or 5:30ish)

So where I'm worried this might not be ideal is the whole workout/dinner time frame. I know a big full meal right before a workout isn't necessarily a good idea, but I think I'm okay with just the snack before...or is that not correct?

Also, my understanding is that the workouts themselves for P90X will last roughly and hour. So assuming I'm starting that at 4:30 I'd expect that I'm done with that by around 5:30ish. Following the recommendation to have the recovery drink at this time and not eat anything else for an hour, I'm recovery drink and "eats-free" until 6:30ish. That only leaves an hour (give or take knowing that it won't take me a full hour to drink the recovery drink) until dinner time. Is that too soon to eat again after the recovery drink or does it not really matter?

I'm just not sure if I just don't have a good plan here, or if it really is easier than I think it is and I'm just pshycing myself out or something.
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RE: Meal Planning/Timing Questions
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1/9/13 6:29 PM as a reply to TXIce1971.
Congrats on starting P90X its a wonderful program that ive gotten great results from and so have others!

You are definitely on the right track! You have the right idea for sure. You dont have to have it down to a complete science though as you do. I give myself the every 2-4 hour rule on eating my snacks and meals. Just depends on how i feel that day. I actually eat 6 meals a day because of my long days. Its a matter of meeting your macros and calorie goals everyday not so much on timing. Timing is part of it but really if your spreading your meals out 4-6 times a day it doesnt have to be at that exact time every single day. As long as your meet your calorie and macro needs you will be just fine.

And yes your recovery drink is best used within an hour of your workout! After my recovery drink i wait about an hour or 2 before eating a meal. Again its just depending on how i feel that day as to when i actually eat.

Hope this helps! If you need anymore help id be glad to help you out!

Corrie
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1/9/13 7:34 PM as a reply to TXIce1971.
Don't worry about meal timing it's irrelevant. However it's better to eat at least 50% of your calories post workout so your body uses them more for repair and refueling.

If you don't like breakfast skip it. It's a myth that breakfast is important or "kick starts" your metabolism. Just have your first meal of the day with your friends. You can make it a nice hearty meal of 40% or so of your daily calories, but make sure it's about 2-3 hours at least prior to workout so you have time to digest.

Recovery drink is optional. It's "convenient" but you can also just eat whole foods after a workout and be just fine. So if it's more convenient to eat dinner after a workout go that route.

Eating before bed also doesn't matter. Only thing you should focus on is eating clean healthy calories, like low glycemic carbs, healthy lean proteins, and good fats. Hit your calorie and macro target before your head hits your pillow and you're good to go. =D

Good luck! Keep me posted on your progress.
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1/10/13 3:02 AM as a reply to TXIce1971.
Sounds like you're on the right track! If you are worried about it, though, it wouldn't be a bad idea to start your nutrition plan a few days prior to actually starting P90X so that you can get comfortable in it.
I'm sure you'll do great! emoticon
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RE: Meal Planning/Timing Questions
1/10/13 12:12 PM as a reply to stacymoorhouse.
Thank you all for the feedback and replies. Good information to work with and at least it's comforting to hear others tell me they think I was at least in the right ballpark as opposed to being on another planet emoticon.

Thanks for the encouragement too...hopefully I didn't bite off more than I can chew, but I'm certainly going to give it my all!
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