Day 64: P90X Diet and Cutting

Day 64: Arms, Shoulders, and Triceps with a side of Ab Ripper X

I was really sore last week. My muscles were thrown off by the change of pace…. Just as I was starting to recover, P90X changes up again. These last four weeks of round one are going to be tough! I am ready to push through and get finish strong!

Diet went well today. I ate beef jerky for both of my snacks and plan to drink some muscle milk with dinner. I am using it to make sure that I get enough protein post-workout. From my research on muscle milk, I learned a little bit about cutting. It is a body building term, which basically is a technique to cut body fat quickly so that your muscles can show through. Surprisingly, it is more important to reduce carbs than it is to reduce fats. That is not to say that you should eat greasy cheeseburgers. But healthy fats can be a good thing at low levels. It is also important to get plenty of cardio. Some people recommended 40 minutes per day, 5 times per week. More than P90X offers. 

I thought about rotating P90X and running every other day for round two. I am not a big fan of running and it can really destroy your joints. An insanity/P90X hybrid may be more ideal if I can get a little more space to work out in next time I move. We will see. I have 26 days to think about it.

Tip of the day: Use your first round of P90X to focus on building muscle. Body fat will drop naturally, but if you don’t have a solid foundation, it is difficult to get toned or ripped no matter how much body fat you lose.


4 responses to “Day 64: P90X Diet and Cutting

  1. How do you like the muscle milk? I am constantly looking for new ways to add protein to my diet as I have a fairly tough time getting enough.

    • Hi Chris,

      The Muscle Milk – Chocolate Flavor – tastes a lot of chocolate cake batter. It is not too bad tastewise. Be careful though because it does have a fair amount of carbs and fats as well. It is not the best if you are in Phase One of the P90X Diet Plan, but I am in Phase Three and can have a few more carbs. Muscle Milk also makes a light version. It has less carbs/fats, but only 15 grams of protein per serving.

      Here are my best suggestions for keeping your protein high without adding too many carbs or fats:

      Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein (mixed with water)
      Low-fat Cottage Cheese
      Chicken breasts (remember that BBQ sauce doesn’t have fat!)
      Egg Beaters
      Beef Jerky (my new best friend)

      Use to track your actual percentages (protein/fat/carbs). It is free. You add your food items/portions into a daily log and in gives you your intake percentages in the form of a pie chart. This is especially important if you are using the portion plan. It is impossible to get the right percentages using that plan.

  2. That is cool but it’s hard to determine the calorie of the food you make from scratch, unless you really weigh and measure every single ingredients that you put into the dish. That could be pretty tedious, huh?

    • Yes, I couldn’t imagine trying to figure out some of the dishes that you make. But, if you make the same dishes frequently, you could figure out the ingredients, add them together, and save them as a custom food. It is nice that it has that feature. For the most part, my meals are pretty basic. That makes it a lot easier. I also eat the same thing everyday so I can log in one day and forget the rest.

      The downside for me is that I don’t eat nearly as well as you!

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