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When to Eat & Exercise With P90X

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Donivan Gillis began writing professionally in 2010, with his work appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM. He has been studying martial arts since 1996 and has been teaching since 2002. He studied business management at Polomar College in San Marcos, Calif.
When to Eat & Exercise With P90X
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The P90X workouts are an intense training regimen designed to help you cut weight and get into shape. However, exercise is only one part of the equation -- without proper nutrition, your results from the workouts will be less than optimal. The P90X Nutrition Guide offers serving sizes, meal plans and schedules meant to compliment the P90X workouts.


Breakfast is an important meal when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. Prolonged fasting can increase your body's insulin response. This promotes fat storage and weight gain. Eating a healthy breakfast such as a mushroom omelet with one cup of fresh strawberries and 8 oz. of 1 percent cottage cheese for breakfast will give you the energy you need to successfully complete your P90X workouts for the day. P90X recommends not working out for a period of two to three hours after you have eaten.


A reasonable sized mid-day meal like a chef salad or a shrimp stir fry will help fuel your body and continue to encourage calorie burn throughout the day. Performing your P90X exercise during the mid-day should be done either before you eat lunch or at least two to three hours after consumption. You should eat lunch approximately six hours after you have had breakfast. The further you stray from this time period, the more your body will start to store fat.

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Your evening meal should be about six hours after lunch. Since dinner is generally the largest meal of the day -- if you follow the guidelines outlined in the P90X Nutrition Guide -- it is not recommended that you work out after your meal. If you perform your exercise in the evening, exercise before your dinner. Depending on your lifestyle, you may find that you lack the energy to effectively perform your workouts in the evening. If this is the case, you should complete them earlier in the day. One example of a dinner meal in the "P90X Nutrition Guide" is a 6 oz. salmon filet with 2 tbsp. of lemon-dill sauce, 1/2 cup of asparagus, 1 cup wild rice and 1 cup puree of red pepper soup with 1 tbsp. of added protein powder.


The P90X Nutrition Guide recommends eating snacks about three hours in between each meal. Eating snacks such as nuts, string cheese or turkey jerky throughout the day conditions your body to continue to burn a steady amount of calories all day long, rather than triggering your "feast and famine" reflex, which increases fat storage. As always, exercise before your snack or at least an hour after you have eaten.

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