Take away pop, juices, and even coffee but don’t take away my beer! I think there is something liberating about being able to have a couple beers. The other drinks – not so much. But what about when it comes toP90X? Can you still get great results while having a couple beers here and there? The answer is yes and no.
What Kind Of P90X Results Do You Want?
Do you want infomercial results? If so, then don’t drink beer for the entire 90 days. Beachbody only shows off the best of the best when it comes to P90X results. How are you going to get those eye popping 6 pack abs if your putting down an extra 2k calories in beers every weekend? You can’t.
Do you want to be healthy and fit? You can still lose weight and get in shape while kicking back and relaxing with a couple beers here and there. The workouts are so tough that in many cases your metabolism will burn off the remaining calories anyways. Not all but a lot of them.
I’m not gonna lie and tell you that I’m all straight edge and hardcore when it comes to doing P90X. I do follow the workout calendars and finish them usually within a week or two of the alloted time. Before I started doing P90X I was really skinny making my results different than most. I put on weight and my body started to change. I didn’t follow the meal plan at all as I thought I ate ok to begin with. Yes, I’d still have a couple beers on the weekend. Here is what my results looked like from my first round.
If I didn’t stick my chest out in the day 90 photo you might see some definition. What I can tell you is I was the most fit I’ve ever been up to that point in my life in that picture. The amount of pull ups and push ups I could do in that picture is 2 – 5 times as many as I could do on day 1. But, as you can see those results are not getting on a infomercial. My diet was around a B- and I was still enjoying beers.
The real challenge comes with the meal plan. This is where I’ve learned to make sacrifices so I can still enjoy a beer or two when I’m doing P90X. Once I cracked the P90X meal plan open and started applying just a couple things is when the definition started to show. My biggest things were portion sizes and cutting back on dairy. Started eating a lot more vegetables. Made better choices when going out to eat. Those little things added up and made all the difference when it came to getting visible results.
Shakeology was a game changer too. Beachbody hadn’t introduced it until after I finished my first round of P90X. This wasn’t the answer but it did simplify a whole lot of the nutrition issues I was having. It kept me full so I wasn’t reaching for snacks and it really did a job on getting any junk I put into my system out of it. Those little changes added up to these results after finishing my second round of P90X.
There is a lot more definition showing up now and the thing is that my amount of reps and weight used in P90X might have gone up by just a little bit. The biggest changes came with what I put in my body. I knew that giving up beers forever or even for 90 days is probably not going to happen. But what I could do is change other things I put into my body. For me, P90X is all about getting fit. Making an infomercial or getting 6 pack abs hasn’t been on the top of my list. Can I play sports and do I feel comfortable with my shirt off? Yes – then good.
Now if you want to get the best possible results in the shortest time possible then go all in with the P90X meal plan and don’t have any beers for 90 days. Your results will show up much faster. I’m creeping towards more of what Tony Horton has to say about beer and drinking. Not because I want to. My body is telling me so.