Post # 1
I recently completed my first round of P90x. I dropped 2 dress sizes (even though I gained 7lbs of muscle!). For those familiar with the DVD program, I never really followed the P90x nutrition plan. I just decided that if it didn’t look like real “food” then I wouldn’t eat it! lol
I have been eating pretty heavy carbs these past few weeks (mostly potatoes and brown rice and oatmeal). I’m taking another week off (just doing bike riding and light jogging) and then I’d like to start my second round of P90x. I’m also interested in trying the Paleo diet – I’ve heard good things about it.
My question is this: has anyone completed the P90x program while following a Paleo diet? The P90x program is pretty strenuous. I lift heavy weights (heavy for me, at least) and need enough energy to get through the 1 1/2 hour workouts 6 days a week. Will following a Paleo diet provide me with enough energy?
Any thoughts you have on this is greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
@yellowismyfavoritecolor: I have not completed P90x but I have done some of the workouts, and I am familiar with the Paleo diet. Most of the crossfitters and fitness buffs that I’m friends with follow this diet lifestyle, and they all are able to do really demanding workouts daily. I think it would be a great combo!
Post # 4
@Tiger29: Thanks for your reply! I’m thinking about easing into it over a couple of weeks. It will probably be hardest for me to give up milk. And cheese. 🙁
Post # 5
@yellowismyfavoritecolor: I haven’t done p90x but I eat a paleo diet mostly. I think they will go very well together you just need to be sure you get enough protein and fat. Also, you can ease yourself into it and try adding legumes since they’re starcher than veggies. And just because paleo diets don’t allow for dairy doesn’t mean you have to cut it out. What I mean is, you have to do what makes you feel best and dairy is one of those things where people really disagree so you could see how it affects you before going cold turkey ( I LOVE cheese!).
Post # 6
You could always follow more of a “primal” diet which would allow dairy while also being of a paleo vibe but also with some wiggle room following an 80/20 model.
Have you read the Primal Blueprint?
Regardless, congratulations on your weight lose and muscle tone! That is amazing!!
Post # 7
paleo should be fine. you’ll get your carbs from sweet potatoes and fruits and such. I’d be sure to have at least half a sweet potato before b and after workouts, your other carbs will be from veggies and fruits.
Post # 8
I do Crossfit and decided to try Paleo a couple months ago. At first, I didn’t give up dairy because they are good grain-free snacks. I’ve now been dairy free x 2 weeks. For me it was a lot easier to gradually do it this way. The first 2 weeks without carbs would’ve been tough without a cheese stick or greek yogurt. When I say tough, I mean my body went through wheat and sugar withdrawal and it would have been even worse without my cheese! But since going grain free, I haven’t had a headache in about 6 weeks! Since given up the dairy, my skin looks so much better! Totally worth it
Post # 9
I have been on paleo for 5 months now and I think P90X is way too much! I don’t think I could do it without a HEAVY load of carbs…
Why don’t you try just cutting back on anything processed (including bread) but still keeping potatoes and grains in your diet?
I can’t work out heavy without fuel…I have tried restriction diets but they just don’t work for me…