Until now, you’ve probably looked at numbers to understand what to eat. You’ve used protein, fat, and carbohydrate percentages, calorie calculators and maximum and minimum deficits. These are all excellent tools when it comes to educating yourself on how food affects your body and your performance. But they can only go so far. In truth, your metabolism is relentlessly complex. If you really wanted to learn your exact daily calorie burn, you’d need to be hooked up to a machine 24/7 or you’d need to come up with a calculator featuring thousands of factors including age, race, heritage, upbringing, altitude, how much you’ve slept, how many steps you’re going to walk, your mood, etc. Same with the food you put into your body.
A calorie calculator will tell you that an apple has 100 calories, but the honest truth is that it might be 87 calories, or 112, depending on volume, how long it ripened, and how much water it absorbed. P90X3 strips down the calculations to their minimum and replaces them with the tools used by intuitive eaters like Tony. His diet is designed to offer him maximum performances and it works on three tenets.
Eating should be easy. If you love to cook, great, but if you’re on the go, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to eat right and take care of business.
This is the key tenet of all the the P90X3 workouts, and it extends to food as well: Having a wide range of foods in your diet assures that you get all the nutrients you need. It also makes eating delicious.
There’s no perfect diet for everyone-even your needs will shift as you change. It’s important to change things up as needed. The P90X3 Nutrition Plan uses these three precepts to offer you a variety of food options, and maximum flexibility for your individual needs. Think of them as your New Nutritional Tools.
Whats New in the P90X3 Diet?
As if you have not already figured it out: Simplicity. There are three food lists: carbohydrates, protein, and fats. How do you make sure you’re getting all the nutrition you need? Again, it’s simple. There is a hierarchy within each list. The higher up the lists you eat, the healthier you eat.
Next, so a simple calculation to determine your meal plan. It may not be as exact as the Harris Benedict Equation, but it’s still very accurate and, more importantly, flexible.
Finally, you’ll notice that the plans lack macronutrient percentage information, Instead they focus on the quality and the volume of the fresh foods you’ll be eating. This includes a diet packed with high-quality fresh fruits and veggies, raw nuts and seeds, whoe grains, and lean protein sources. Those foods, combined with your approximate calorie level, makes the magic happen. However, if it eases your mind, these plans are roughly 40% carbs, 30% proteins, and 30% fat.