Hi Rachel, You need to eat more than 1200 …
Hi Rachel, You need to eat more than 1200Oct 2nd, 2010 | By Nancy Andrews | Category:
Comment posted If I want to lose weight, should I do the ‘Classic’ or ‘Lean’ P90X routines? by Coach Nancy.
You need to eat more than 1200 calories a day while doing P90X. However, I would not recommend you follow the P90X diet plan because it will calculate too many calories for you. I have an article at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/?p=2105 that addresses what you and your husband who needs to gain weight need to eat.
As my article indicates, it’s not just about the calories, it’s the macro nutrient balance between carbs, protein and fat. You will see so much more progress if you follow my recommendations. I do strongly urge you to take in some of the protein you need via a protein shake because that’s the only way you can get enough protein in your diet while not blowing the carb and fat targets. I keep a list of the proteins shakes I use at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/members/forum/#topic/Protein-Powders.htm. Your husband will need that and perhaps some protein bars which have more calories and carbs than the protein shakes. My husband and boys eat bars in addition to taking protein shakes and I keep a list of what we buy at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/members/forum/#topic/Nutrition-Protein-Bars.htm.
As for being unfit, don’t worry about it. Most of us start out pretty weak. You’ll need to do your push ups from your knees and may need to use resistance bands to do pull downs in lieu of pull ups. But just keep pushing yourself really, really hard each session. You need to lift as heavy and intensely as possible to spark lean muscle development. Go for 10 reps where the last 3 start to burn or your arms start to shake. Don’t go for the high reps as Tony says is OK for women – best results come from lifting as heavy as you can with good form.
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