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Help with P90x diet
Help with P90x diet
2/24/13 4:51 PM
Ok guys, I am new to the whole fitness thing. To give a little information about myself, I am 22 years old, and 6'1, 190 lbs. I just finished day two of P90x and like most people out of shape who start I struggled but I am doing the best I can which is what people who have done it have told me to do in the beginning.

The problem I am having is with the diet. I know it is best to follow the nutrition plan exactly if you can, but I cant. I am a poor college kid and I cant afford all the things necessary to follow the diet; I am just doing what I think is right for me, but I don't want to waste a week, or even a day if I am eating the wrong things. Here is what I ate my first day for example:

Pre workout energy shake
Post workout shake
Breakfast - Two egg whites and a clementine
Snack - Pure protein bar, and a red apple
Lunch - Lean turkey burger with whole wheat bun and V8 low sodium
Snack - Protein shake and a clementine
Dinner - Talapia filet
(I do my P90x workout in the mornings on weekends and during the day during weekdays)

Am I eating right? I don't think I am eating enough but I don't know where to add food? This is about all I can afford honestly and I am really afraid that I cant do P90x because of this. Any help will be greatly appreciated!
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RE: Help with P90x diet
2/24/13 5:09 PM as a reply to CoachInferno.
A few things to consider... how soon after taking the energy shake do you work out? If it isn't at minimum a half hour to an hour then you're really wasting money there. You have to let your body digest and absorb the nutrients to get the benefits. Also, if you're eating eggs right after the workout you don't need the shake. Some people would argue that you would benefit more from the shake than the eggs, but the benefits aren't all that high when you're talking about not being able to afford enough food at all. Skip the shakes, eat the protein... REAL FOOD IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN POWDERED PROTEIN. Any nutritionist will tell you that, so save the money. Eggs are a dollar a dozen - literally, so eat 3-4 eggs post workout instead.

Protein shakes and bars are convenient, but when that's half of the food you consume you're holding yourself back in several ways. 1) they can be more expensive than real food. 2) your body can only see so many gains from manufactured proteins. You need real food to get the best benefits. The gym I used to go to (before beachbody) always had a sign hanging that said "Not seeing any more muscle gains? Try laying of the powder and eat some meat".

If cash is tight then lay off the expensive supplements and go for some real food.
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RE: Help with P90x diet
2/24/13 6:42 PM as a reply to Sandtigar.
Doesnt really help me all that much but thank you for the reply.
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RE: Help with P90x diet
2/25/13 6:23 AM as a reply to CoachInferno.
I would recommend you use a website like myfitnesspal to track your food, it will count your calories, fat, carbs etc and then you can see where you need to make adjustments. Its free so it wont cost you a thing!
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