Probably the biggest subjects of questions that come up about P90X® are those relating to diet and supplements.
I have put together some information in which I give my point of view on both subjects. You’ll find some time-saving tips, some tips for doing the P90X diet on a budget, and which supplements I recommend taking while doing the program.
And below are my supplement tips for the diet:
I have included several supplement plans below. There are several different scenarios you could follow. Following the nutrition plan and the workouts are the biggest part of P90X. Supplements are a complement to the diet and workouts.
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Click the highlighted text to learn more about each supplement.
Here are my recommendations:
If you were to get only one supplement…
Shakeology – This is the most nutritionally dense supplement product available. Protein with over 70 superfood ingredients. Click the link to find out more.
If money is not an issue and you want the best supplement package…
Meal Replacement/snack – Shakeology
Pre-workout – E & E Energy and Endurance: A nitric oxide booster, fat burner, and energy booster*.
Post-workout – P90X Results and Recovery Formula: A high-carb drink with protein, creatine, glutamine, and vitamins to fuel your body after workouts, reduce soreness, and build lean muscle*.
Bars – P90X Protein Bars: Protein, carbs, and fat with a host of nutrients in one convenient bar.
I honestly don’t recommend any more than that. There is no need to go overboard on supplements.
If you want to follow the nutrition plan without anything extra…
If money is tight and you are only going for one supplement…
Alternatives to supplements:
Recovery drink: You want a 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein in a recovery drink and we are aiming for about 200 calories give or take. A glass of 100% fruit juice and a glass of milk will get you close, or fruit juice with half a scoop of whey protein.
For a vegan recovery drink you can take about 12 oz. or fruit juice and mix it with half a scoop of vegan protein powder.
Remember you will be missing creatine and glutamine if opting to make your own recovery drink.
Can I drink chocolate milk as a recovery drink? Not my best recommendation. If you do, make your own. Many store-bought chocolate milk products have high-fructose corn syrup and other undesirable ingredients.
Shakeology: There are other health shakes you can find in stores. None of them come close to Shakeology in terms of superfood ingredients and taste. In fact, most of them are just gross. If you are missing out on Shakeology, go for a multivitamin such as ActiVit. Also try to “eat the rainbow” when it comes to fruits and vegetables throughout the week. Orange (carrots, yams, squash, oranges), yellow (squash, corn), blue (blueberries), red (tomatoes, strawberries, cranberries), white (mushrooms, radishes, cauliflower), green (lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli, bell peppers).
Protein bars: Honestly at under $2 a bar for either P90X brand or store-bought bars, it’s not that bad of a dollar to calorie ratio. If you want though, you can always do a search for “homemade protein bars” on the Internet and make your own. I’ve made some that have turned out decent, but in the long run they don’t turn out that much cheaper, often times don’t taste as good, and get to be a pain in the butt to make after you have done it a couple of times. To each his own though. You can also have a moderate protein snack such as Greek Yogurt and berries as an alternative.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA
Are supplements worth it?
One of my favorite sayings: Don’t ask what it costs; ask what it’s worth.
For me, yes, supplements are worth the money. I feel they give me a slight edge with my workouts, and the ones I take taste good too.
Often times, supplements are actually fairly inexpensive calories that are targeted nutritional products for a specific goal.
If you are having a hard time reasoning spending over $100 per month on supplements and nutritional products, think of it this way: If it helps you get to your goals, is it worth it? Do an evaluation of how you currently spend your money. Do you spend money on things that coincide with your biggest goals? If burning fat, gaining muscle, or getting in shape happen to be one of your biggest goals, then you might be a few magazine subscriptions and a lower cable bill away from affording what you want.
I am not saying, “You have to take supplements to be healthy or get ripped.” All I am saying is that I take them, I feel they help me, and I recommend all those mentioned above.