P90X Shopping List

p90x shopping listWhen you’re starting out, often times it’s difficult to know what you should be buying at the grocery store or what to put on your P90X shopping list.  If you haven’t done much grocery shopping before or if you’ve never really looked at nutrition labels it can be a little overwhelming at first.  I know many people are busy and haven’t done much cooking before they start P90X, typically eating fast food or buying take-out for dinner, but if you want good results with P90X you’re going to have to start cooking your own meals.  So if you’re just starting out with P90X, Insanity, ChaLEAN Extreme, etc. here are some tips for what you should put on your P90X shopping list.

P90X Shopping List – Where To Start

There are some basic rules that you should follow when thinking about your P90X shopping list.  Here are some basic tips that can greatly help you figure things out:

Plan out your meals ahead of time.  Actually find recipes that are healthy and you can make.  That could come from the P90X Nutrition Guide or other sources on the internet.  I don’t always make meals out of the guide, but I always make sure the meals I make are healthy and allow me to hit my calorie and macro-nutrient goals.  When you find the meals you want to make then actually make a list.

Stick to your list.  When you’re at the grocery store, just buy what’s on your list.  That will help ensure you’re only buying healthy options and it helps you save money.  When you’re just buying on a whim often times the choices are not that healthy and you end up spending more money than you planned on.

Stay along the outside of the grocery store.  The produce section and the more natural products are typically along the outside of the grocery store.  When you start venturing down the aisles is typically when you’re getting into more processed foods.

Reading Nutrition Labels – P90X Shopping List

This is probably the most daunting task for most people.  What should you look for on the nutrition label?  How do I know if something is healthy or not?  You want to make sure the foods on your P90X shopping list are going to help you reach your goals.  This is what I look for.

Stay away from highly processed foods.  If the label has too many things on it that you can’t pronounce, it’s probably not your best option.  Highly processed foods typically also have a ton of sodium, which can cause you to hold on to water weight and also has other detrimental health effects.

Look for foods with few ingredients.  Think about it, when you buy apples, the only ingredient is apples.  When you buy bulk oatmeal, the only ingredient is oatmeal.  The fewer ingredients something has, the better it is for you typically.  This is very important.  You want foods that are close to their natural state, and you know they are more natural when there are fewer ingredients in them.

Be wary of low fat/reduced fat items.  Not all items that are labeled as low/reduced fat are bad, but many items will make up for the reduced fat with added sugar!  So it’s  really just trading one bad thing for the other.  It’s obviously a marketing tactic, but don’t let them fool you.  Check the label and if it has lots of sugar, don’t buy it.

Importance of Your P90X Shopping List

So those are some basic tips to help you get started with forming your P90X shopping list.  I can’t stress enough how important your nutrition is.  It’s really the key to getting great results with any program.  You can never out-train a bad diet, so this is something that’s critical to your success.

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