P90X3 Week 1 Review (Results and Update) and A Look at the Nutrition Guide

Since I’ve officially completed Week 1 of the P90X3 Classic Calendar, I thought I’d provide you all with an update on my progress so far. As far as weight, I’ve lost approximately 2.5 lbs, which may not seem like a lot, but for this gal, who is lucky to lose 0.2 lbs in a week, 2.5 lbs is a freaking miracle (particularly since I started on New Year’s Eve, and let’s be honest, I indulged a little in food and beverage). I’ll keep you posted weekly as to my progress, so we can see how much of this is water weight and how much is actual real weight loss. I didn’t bother taking measurements yet, as I’ll do that at the end of the First Block, as it’ll be easier to see actual results.

Overall, I’m feeling way better. I have so much more energy and am in a better mood overall. I know this is partly due to the workouts and partly due to healthier eating on my part. After the first initial days of extreme soreness, my body is feeling more adjusted and my muscles just have that twinge of soreness that makes you know you’ve been working out hard. I actually like that feeling.

I enjoyed trying each new workout and had a blast throughout the week pushing myself to my extremes with each video. I thought the schedule was varied enough to keep it interesting and something to look forward to each day. The workouts were challenging, but not impossible. They also leave room for you to improve (particularly “The Challenge“). I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to the next couple of months and seeing my final results.

Workout Tip Jar and my Challenge Group keep me motivated and on track, so I know I’ll succeed and stick through with this program. Having my husband and these tools as accountability partners are really going to be vital to my success.

Now I have blogged about each video so far, but haven’t really talked too much about the Nutrition Guide, so I thought now may be a good time to take a peek at that…

P90X3 Nutrition Guide

The P90X3 Nutrition Guide is aptly titled “Extreme Fitness Accelerated.”  The guided is separated into four sections:

Part One: Introduction

Part Two: General Guidelines

Part Three: Three Easy Steps

Part Four: Bringing It All Together

I’m not going to get into the nitty gritty of all the details of the plan, because if you really want to know all that, you’ll need the guide. However, it does discuss the simplicity of the plan and using “intuitive eating” which involves listening to your body’s clues to make proper nutritional decisions. According to the plan, eating should be simple, varied, and flexible.

The guide provides general guidelines for water and hydration and provides a cute little “water bar” section to help you spice up your water to make it more interesting to drink. I actually like plain, old H20, so I don’t really need motivation to drink more water. It discusses when to eat and discusses organics and “vices” (caffeine, alcohol, cheat foods, etc.). For the plan, it asks you to toss the junk. If you’re going to be true to the program, you really shouldn’t be eating any junk foods. It also discusses supplements (and, of course, has a page dedicated to beachbody products and supplements – no surprise there).

The next part is calculating how much to eat. They have a very simple “nutrition quiz” to help you calculate your calories based off of your gender, your weight, your activity level outside of X3, and other modifiers (i.e. whether you want to lose, maintain, or gain weight). It sounds complicated, but it’s really simple ( you just add points for whatever answer you choose). With your final number, you are then assigned a calorie plan that ranges from 1500 to 3000. For each Plan, they provide a breakdown of three solid meals and two snacks. For each meal/snack, they further breakdown how many proteins/carbs/fat you should be eating for each. I thought this was handy as it takes away any guesswork. This part reminded me a bit of the Les Mills Combat eating plan.

The next section outlines how to measure your food and provides two ways – the micromanagement system and the way of the hand. The third section outlines what you should eat and breaks it down into carbs, fat, and protein. It’s an interesting read, particularly for those who don’t know too much about these areas. It then goes into more specific modifications for certain diets (i.e. vegan, grain free, vegetarian, etc.), which I thought would be helpful for those with special dietary needs.  They also remind you again about the importance of variety.

The next section outlines different foods that fall under carbs, proteins, and fats. They rate them from healthy to healthiest and provide you with amounts per 80 calories (using the two management systems mentioned above).

The final section outlines different meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. They also provide some dressing recipes and cooking techniques.

Overall, I thought the guide was fairly straightforward and easy to use. If you aren’t new to healthy eating, it has a ton of information for you that would be simple to follow and incorporate into your life. A lot of this was familiar to me as I have done several beachbody programs in the past, but it’s still nice to be reminded of the concepts and to have another plan to follow and use. I would have also liked a few more recipes for your staple meals. Nevertheless, the plan seems solid and will likely help you find success if you follow it properly. As we all know, what you fuel your body with is a huge part of your overall fitness.


Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.


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