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INSANITY Challenge Pack Sale

Friday, April 5th, 2013

insanitypackINSANITY Sale, what sale?

INSANITY Challenge Pack is on sale for the month of April only and this sale is amazing!  The INSANITY Challenge Pack is only $180.  The Challenge Pack are available for any new or existing customer or coaches so take advantage of this while it lasts.  It is great!   The savings is really off the hook.  If you were to purchase INSANITY and Shakeology separately it would cost you $250 plus shipping and handling.   The $180 Challenge Pack price this month is really out of this world.  I wish I didn’t have this program already otherwise I’d hop on this.  Though this was my very first Beachbody purchase so I’m sure glad I do have it!  🙂   Check out how well one of my very own team members, Livia, did in her very first round of Insanity:livia insanity success

 

What the heck is a Challenge Pack anyway?

A challenge pack is the coolest new thing from Beachbody.  It packages together everything you will possibly need to get fit and healthy.  You get any one of Beachbody’s fitness programs, you pick, at a discounted rate, a month supply of the very popular Shakeology, a 30 day member to Team Beachbody Club and to top it off you get all of this with FREE shipping!

The beauty of all of this is that if you bought all of this separately you would pay much more including having to pay shipping so the bundled cost is a way better deal.

Of course this month as I mentioned, you get an even better deal because INSANITY Challenge Packs are on sale so it can’t get much better unless of course they were free!

 

Shakeology What?

So you have heard of Shakeology, seen the ads, heard the testimonials but still want more info?  Sure!  Shakeology is a meal replacement shake that not only tastes amazing but is truly the most Shakeology & Fruitnutritious thing you will find on the market today.  If you can find something more nutritious let me know and I will send you a free bag of Shakeology, I bet you can’t. Shakeology contains over 70 ultra high-quality ingredients conveniently located in one glass, to deliver nearly all the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy diet.  More info here.

 

Free Fitness Coaching and amazing support!

Added bonus here!  We offer free fitness coaching and have some seriously great support that we offer after you have bought your challenge pack.  We have a wonderful Facebook group full of people doing the programs that you will be doing.  We have done INSANITY many times so we can help you along the way with answers to your questions about nutrition, the workouts, if you need a kick in the butt to start or keep going or just want some friendly advice and some friends.  Both of us will help you out and we will introduce you to what we call our family on Facebook.  We have a close knit community and you will grow to be a part of our family, our team.  We’d love you to join us.  Click here for more info regarding our coaching or click the banner below to get in our the great April Insanity sale.

 

Pre-workout Food for Best Results

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

I’m always asked about pre-workout food before programs like P90X, Insanity or TurboFire so here goes.  When it comes to adopting a great workout routine that gives you the results you want, it is only natural that you incorporate a different way of eating along with that routine. When you are following a fitness and wellness program, you certainly understand the need for optimal nutrition; however you might not know exactly what to eat or what to avoid before you workout.

The first and most obvious rule of thumb about pre-workout food is to avoid anything heavy, such as high fat or high fiber foods that will just sit in your stomach. While high fiber foods are great for a healthy diet in general, they keep you full-feeling and sit in the stomach for awhile after you eat. Eating high fiber foods just before a workout will really slow you down and could make you feel sick. Save the high fiber for well after your workouts or well before.Pre-Workout-Food

Optimally, pre-workout, you want to eat foods that will enable you to burn calories and also make you feel more energized while working out. When you are in the middle of a strengthening or high cardio workout from Beachbody or any other workout regimen, you will need the extra fuel in your system just to safely keep up. When you don’t eat or drink sensibly and then work out (or worse yet, you work out on an empty stomach first thing in the morning), you actually run the risk of depleting muscle mass instead of building it. You also may set yourself up for actually slowing your metabolism as your body struggles to find fuel for the workout you are putting it through. If you are doing P90X or Insanity to lose weight, the last thing you want to do is slow down your metabolism. While it may seem counter-productive to eat before working out, you simply have to eat to give you’re the necessary fuel to work out effectively, build muscle mass and lose any weight.

Your best pre-workout food to eat about an hour or a half hour before a workout should contain protein or complex carbohydrates. Some ideas of pre-workout snacks or light meals can include a banana, hummus and multi-grain crackers, celery and peanut butter, apples and a handful of nuts (such as almonds), fruits, and an energy bar.

Energy and EnduranceWhen you embark on a Beachbody workout program and nutrition plan, Beachbody supplements such as “Energy and Endurance Formula” or the “Results and Recovery Formula” are ideal options for accompanying your workout, fueling your drive to go harder, and for helping you get the maximum results each and every time you work out. All of the Beachbody nutritional products contain the vital nutrients to replenish, fuel and help you build your body to what you want it to be. The premium Shakeology meal replacement shakes are made with your workout in mind. They contain 23 vitamins and minerals, along with 70 ingredients from the world over to give you the most nutritious supplement on the market. Shakeology drinks are very nutrient dense and low calorie and are proven to give you that energy boost you need before or after an intense Beachbody workout.  If you would like a FREE sample click here for more info.

Eating the right way before and after any workout will only help you reach your goal quicker and more effectively. The right high protein meal or snack, combined with the great flavor options from the Beachbody line of bars, shakes and supplements, will help you build muscle, cut down on soreness afterwards, repair any injuries and enjoy the benefits of the healthy lifestyle you have worked so hard to achieve.

Good Fats Vs Bad Fats: Just the Facts on Fats

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

There’s plenty of talk about fats. It’s actually the a huge popular topic when discussing fitness and healthy nutrition. Sadly, most people feel that simply eliminating fat from their diet will help them lose weight.  There are good fats vs bad fats and the key is to learn about them both.

This could turn out to be a huge mistake, though. If you completely cut fat from your diet, there are serious health repercussions. There are fats that are important for digesting certain vitamins, some that help to keep our skin soft and smooth, and others that are absolutely required for normal biological functions.good fat bad fat

But, with everyone blaming the obesity epidemic on fats, it can be easy to get mixed up. In this guide, we’ll set the record straight with some simple facts on fat.

Overview of contents:

  • Bad fats, and why we should avoid them
  • Good fats, and why you need them
  • A simple solution to getting the right fats while avoiding the bad fats

Bad Fats – Why You Must Avoid Them

Saturated fats are your worst enemy when you’re trying to improve your appearance. They clog your arteries, go straight to your thighs (uh oh!), and have even been related to an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Yuck.

But they taste so great, well kinda! You’ll find them lurking in just about every delicious snack or meal that you eat, but they’re particularly plentiful in fried foods, baked goods (cakes, cookies, pies, pastries), and red meat.

They’re also calorie-dense. Each gram of fat contains 9 calories. Carbohydrates, by comparison, have only 4 calories per gram. Carbohydrates have been demonized in the last few decades, but they’re nowhere near as calorie-dense as saturated fats.

It will be impossible to cut them from your diet completely, though. They’ve also been shown as an essential part of a balance diet in studies performed by Harvard. Pay attention to the amount of saturated fats in your diet to make sure that they don’t make it more difficult for you to get into the best shape of your life.

Trans fats are the absolute worst enemy of anyone hoping to build an awesome body. They’re also known as hydrogenated fats, and they’re found in plenty of processed foods. You might love eating special edition holiday Oreos but they’ve got way too many trans fats to be eaten regularly.

Thankfully, food-label laws have made it easier than ever for us to identify the foods that are high in trans-fats. Look out for them and make sure to avoid them all together, if possible.

Good Fats – Why Do You Need Them?

You might feel like a department of homeland security employee who just heard that there are “good terrorists.” You can’t possibly imagine a world in which fats could do anything good for your body. But, as outlined above, they’re essential for biological functions.

Unsaturated fats also provide several additional health benefits. Monounsaturated fats can help to lower your bad cholesterol levels (LDLs) while improving your good cholesterol levels (HDLs). Polyunsaturated fats are also known to help with this process, but provide additional health benefits.good fat

For instance, they provide an abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids (when consumed through sources like fish, oils, nuts, or seeds). These are essential fatty acids that are important to proper neurological functions, metabolic processes, and the production of certain oils in our body.

You can’t produce omega-3 fatty acids, so you’ll have to consume them from an external source. Polyunsaturated fats deliver.

Make it Simple – Get Rid of the Bad and Keep the Good

One of the best ways to make sure that you maintain a good balance of good fats and bad fats is by using my favorite meal replacement shake  Shakeology for a number of reasons.

First, the shakes are designed to compliment your fitness efforts through Team Beachbody programs like Insanity, P90X2, Les Mills Combat and other workouts like Slim in 6. They deliver the essential nutrition that you need to recover from these workouts, but they don’t have any of the junk that you might be consuming with your own cooking.  With over 70 super food ingredients in one super tasty shake you really can’t go wrong.  I have one everyday for breakfast and love them!  They also help with weight loss, digestion, lowering cholesterol, energy gain and much more. Yum!

shakeologyThese shakes don’t provide a “full-time solution.” You’ll find it incredibly tough to survive on nothing but Shakeology shakes. Instead, you can use them to replace one or two meals per day (follow the instructions closely, and consult with a physician if you have existing health conditions). By doing this, you’ll eliminate the likelihood that you consume too many calories, but you’ll also increase your chances of avoiding the bad fats.

They also taste great. They come in a number of flavors and they’re easy to make. You can even get a set of 24 packets that are great for when you’re on the go.  If you want a free sample of Shakeology just let me know.  Click here!

Have you had any experiences with Shakeology, or eliminating bad fats from your diet in any other way? Share your experiences in the comments below to help everyone else on their fitness journey!  We welcome you to join our Challenge Groups or just ask us for free advice or coaching.  Email us or just go here for information about free fitness coaching.

Abs Are Made in the Kitchen – You Earn a Six Pack from Eating Well

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

One of the benefits of getting into great shape is having a body that looks great. Most people consider a six pack to be the most important part of a sexy physique. But, if you’re working out and not experiencing results, it may be that you’re just not eating properly.mens six pack abs

Working out can help to keep us looking great. It’s an essential component for anyone looking to sculpt their body. But all by itself, working out won’t do more than improve your health. While we all want to feel our best, spending hours in the gym working out or doing our wonderful Beachbody workouts without visible results can really eliminate your motivation.

Learning how to eat to increase your chances of showing your abs is essential. In this post, I’m going to cover:

  1. Three eating habits that are keeping your abs from showing through
  2. What you should eat instead, so that your melt that belly fat
  3. A great program that can help jump start your journey towards having killer abs

Three Eating Habits that Hide Your Abs

It’s simple to understand how you develop abs. You lose fat and gain muscle. But if you’re working out on a regular basis, you might wonder why your abs aren’t haven’t shown up yet. It probably has to do with the eating habits that are left over from before you changed your lifestyle to focus on fitness.

The first is eating late-night snacks. There are a number of reasons why you shouldn’t eat before you going to bed – you’ll get better rest, wake up earlier, and have more energy. The biggest challenge with eating before bed, though, is that you’re filling your body with calories just before it goes into a low-metabolic state.

This means everything that you eat before you go to bed is more likely to end up stored as fat. Don’t eat anything three hours before you go to bed. It’s as simple as that.

The second bad habit you probably have is eating “three square meals” a day. You need to divide your caloric intake between six meals. Ideally, each meal should be two hours apart. It can be tough to eat like this, but it has great benefits when it comes to boosting your metabolism.  Check that P90X Nutrition Plan or your Insanity Nutrition and you will notice that you won’t be eating “three squares” a day.

If you’re having trouble figuring out how to squeeze these extra meals into your day, check out the article that I recently released that shows five simple snacks that will help with your fitness efforts.

The third bad eating habit that most people have is simply eating the wrong things. I’m not going to tell you to cut out carbohydrates or deserts. That would be totally insane! But, you do need to focus on making each meal well balanced.

There are plenty of great resources that can help you do this. Myplate.gov is one of the most popular. The Team Beachbody club member’s only area also has a customized meal planner, though, that’s far more advanced. Get in touch with me to learn more about how you can gain access to this part of the Team Beachbody website.  Learn more about Club membership here.

Bonus Tip – avoid red meat! It’s best that you find your protein through sources like chicken and fish. They’re lean proteins, and they’re less likely to collect in your digestive tract. One of the reasons so many people seem to have large bellies is because of the red meat that’s collected in their gut. Limit your consumption of red meat to no more than once every ten days to see amazing results.

What You Should Eat to Melt the Belly Fat

There’s no miracle food that burns more calories than it puts in your body. Sure, broccoli, brussel sprouts and other forms of roughage (like lettuces and cabbage) can help to jump start your metabolism and digestive process, but they’re just not going to help you burn calories.female six pack

Instead, you should focus on eliminating the processed foods that probably make up the majority of your diet. Build your entire diet around organic alternatives to the foods you’re used to eating, and you’ll see that you experience results in no time at all.

Jump Start the Process and See Those Abs Fast

Everyone wants a shortcut. I’m here to tell you that there’s really no way to get to six-pack abs without a little bit of hard work and dedication. You can, however, jumpstart the process.

Consider signing up for the Shakeology Home Direct meal replacement system. You can replace one of your six daily meals with a shake, which makes everything much easier.  If you want to learn more about Shakeology just go here.

The Team Beachbody Ultimate Reset program can help you boost your energy, lose weight, and lower your cholesterol. It’s a perfectly formulated body detox that can also help to clean out all of the junk that’s built up in your digestive system in as little as 21 days.

Give it a try and don’t be surprised if you find that your belly fat disappears in about a month. Get in touch with me here if you have any questions about Shakeology or the Ultimate Reset.

Leave your comments to let everyone know what experience you’ve had with eliminating belly fat and getting those abs to show up!

Remember for free fitness coaching please feel free to contact us!  We LOVE to help.

5 Quick and Easy Snacks That Are Healthy

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

If you’re hoping to get in great shape, then you’ll need to focus on eating healthy, too. It can be tough, though, as our lives are rather hectic. Finding the time to prepare many of the healthiest snacks can prove to be all but impossible. Use these five quick and easy snacks to keep your metabolism running at high speed.

Contents at a glance:

  • Shakeology Home Direct
  • Super Scrambled Eggs
  • Breakfast on the Run
  • Granola and Yogurt
  • P90X Protein Bars

Shakeoloy Home Direct – Quick and Easy Snacks without Any Work

If you’re looking to cut back on calories without sacrificing nutrition, then Team Beachbody’s Shakeology Home Direct program might be your best bet. Not only do you get a meal replacement shake that’s packed full of the stuff your body needs to stay healthy and more, but you’ll also have them sent to your home on a monthly basis. Shakeology is absolutely amazing. It has been my go to meal for breakfast for two years now. Totally addicting!

shakeologyYou can choose to purchase 24 single serving packets, which is best if you find yourself frequently on the go. You can also choose the thirty day supply to keep in your kitchen. They’ve been designed to accompany your weight loss efforts with Team Beachbody work out programs, like P90X, Insanity, and TurboFire, and many more. If you want a free sample just click here.

They’re a great way to jump start your weight loss efforts, but they’ll also help keep you nourished when you’re on the go.

Super Scrambled Eggs

Combine three eggs, 1/3 cup grass-fed organic milk, ¾ tablespoon of salt, 1/8th table spoon of pepper, and ½ tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.

Beat the eggs, milk, and seasonings together. Fry for six to eight minutes. Stir often.

This you can double the ingredients to provide a healthy, protein-rich breakfast for two.

Breakfast on the Run

Combine two whole frozen bananas, a cup of milk, a half cup of plain yogurt, a quarter cup of wheat germ, one raw egg, and two tablespoons of vanilla extract in a blender. Puree until well blended.

Consider adding nutmeg for additional flavor. Avoid adding sugar to sweeten the shake. You can also experiment with using less milk and more yogurt, as well as additional fruits. Blueberries, raspberries, and black berries are my favorite.

It’s a healthy snack that will provide plenty of nutrition for your busy day. Don’t let the name fool you, though, as it’s a great snack even in the afternoon or in the evening.

Granola and Greek Yogurt

Granola and greek yogurt is one of the fallbacks that most fitness buffs turn to when they need a quick snack. Be careful and make sure that you use a low-fat, plain greek yogurt. Granola is a healthy and nutritious snack, but it packs a lot of calories.granola and yogurt

Keep the calories in check by limiting your snack to a half cup of granola and one cup of yogurt. Mix and match different flavors of granola to find which you like best. Just be sure to check the nutrition details to make sure you aren’t consuming more calories than you realize.

P90X Peak Performance Protein Bars

P90X Peak Performance Protein Bars may very well be the best quick, healthy snack on this list. They provide 20 grams of protein to help your muscles develop properly. This is important even if you’re not hoping to become “buff” or “ripped.”

Having healthy, strong muscles helps to boost your metabolism, even when you’re at rest. All of the Team Beachbody workouts – from Body Gospel to Turbo Fire – have some component to help you develop strength throughout your entire body.

P90X Peak Performance Protein Bars help to provide the nutrition that your body needs to recover from these workouts. They come in four different flavors (chocolate fudge, Café Mocha, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Wildberry Yogurt), so you’re sure to find something that you like. You can try all of them with the variety pack to find the one you like the best.p90x protein bars

The protein also helps to keep you satiated. Controlling your cravings is important when you’re making a lifestyle change that focuses on fitness. Your old eating habits have trained your body to eat certain amounts of food at certain times of the day.

If you’re working on reducing your daily caloric intake, these bars will help to keep you full so that you don’t turn to your old eating habits when you find yourself with a craving. They’re relatively affordable, too. A twelve pack starts at $23.95, and if you only eat one bar per day they’ll last for nearly two weeks.

They’re a staple in my fitness plan, because it’s always great to have a quick snack handy that can provide essential nutrition before and after workouts. They also fill in as a great quick snack in the middle of a busy day at the office. I love the two chocolate flavors, I have one daily at work as a snack, they are absolutely delicious!

Have you tried any of these snacks? Let me know what you think by commenting below and contact us if you are interested in our free coaching program, we’d love to hear from you.

Pain in the Neck

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Ever have a pain in the neck?  What about your shoulders?  Are you one of those folks that sit at a desk all day in front of a computer and are sometimes so busy that you never get up?  Well I am!  So here I am with a pain in the neck.  My shoulders hurt, my neck hurts, my back hurts and I need some kind of relief.  I work at a large software company by trade and my two wide screen computer monitors are my best friends all day.  I get so involved with work that I forget to get up and walk around.  I slouch half the time and by the end of the day I am in pain.  Does this sound like you?

The problem does not get better when I get home.  I have a 3 month old baby so I have to tend to him in the evening.  My back and neck pain is now different.  It is now moving down as I hold him in the evenings.  I’m sure the parents out there understand.  Holding a baby is no easy task especially as he gains weight with age.  What do we do about this?

It’s all about exercise!  We have to take care of ourselves.  We have to exercise.  As you know by now from reading my blog I am a huge fan of Beachbody workouts and I love helping people reach their own fitness and health goals.  I need to take care of myself too though and getting exercise helps me relieve the pain I feel in my neck and shoulders after a day of work.  I am not  a doctor and am now way endorsing a specific exercise for you, I’m just telling you what works for me.  I think that working out is a great way to relieve stress and get rid of neck and shoulder pain.

Yoga is fantastic.  P90X and P90X2 come with a great yoga workout.  This is a wonderful way to stretch everything out and feel great.  This workout is wonderful and has some great moves that help you stretch your muscles in your entire body and help you feel fantastic.  Also, make sure your posture is good.  I often notice that I am not sitting straight up or standing with a good posture.  This is very important.  Make sure you sit upright and do not slouch, this will help a lot.  The same applies when standing, stand up straight.  You don’t want that hunchback when you are older, right?

Bottom line, stand and sit up straight, stretch, and most importantly, do your exercises.  If you need help picking a great exercise program let me know.  I’d be happy to help you pick out a great one and put you in a group with other folks doing the same workouts you are.  For free fitness coaching go here.  I would love to hear from you.  Check out the Beachbody Challenge here and get rid of the pain and get fit and healthy for the new year.

Change Your Focus

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Have you ever sat down and wondered about your life and thought that nothing is going right? You know you are a good person, you treat people well, you do the right thing but you always feel like you can’t win. You know that life isn’t about winning and losing but you see people around you that are happy, have great jobs, have beautiful kids, are in amazing shape and you are the one with the job you do not like, the relationship that is falling apart and you are gaining weight like nobodies business. I can’t imagine anyone who hasn’t felt like this ever, am I right? If you say you haven’t I say you are lying to yourself. We all have!  Time to change your focus.

Let’s put a spin on it. Do you only focus on those negative parts in your life? Do you always think about the things going wrong and never about the good things in your life? I bet if you sat down for a moment you probably could think of some positives in your life right? Are you healthy? Think of all of those people who have medical conditions just trying to live. I’m very thankful for that. I have Epilepsy and there is not one day I think about the fact that I have to take 5 pills in the morning and 5 at night because I think of my buddy Chris who is trying to survive Leukemia or I think of my mom who survived an acoustic neuroma and an aneurysm or our friend Jen who survived a brain tumor. I have it great! Do you have a roof over your head and food to eat? You are reading this so I assume you have access to a computer or phone so that is a good thing, some people don’t. Do you have people who love you like parents, friends, family? Do you at least have a job, even if you do not like it? In this economy we should be thankful to even be employed. What is my point? My point is to focus on the positive, not the negative. YOur life will seem pretty darn amazing.

When you start to focus on the positive things in your life then guess what will happen, good things will happen? It is true. You have heard the quote “good things happen to good people” well it really does happen. I can’t tell you when it will happen but it really does. You just have to continue treating people right, doing the right thing for other people and you have to start focusing on the positive in your life and trust me, good things will happen to you.

I can’t tell you how many rough patches I have been through in my life, there have been a lot but I can tell you that there have been many, many more positives. Those are the ones I like to think about because those are the ones that have changed my life. The struggles have made me a stronger person for sure and while they did occur and they really sucked I moved on. The great times in my life though are my reason for loving life.

I love working with people and helping them improves their lives for the better. I have a great mentor and friend, Dave, who has helped me become a better person. I have a great partner, Michelle, who has also helped me immensely improved my life. I also have found an amazing opportunity, being a Beachbody Coach, that has turned my life around 180 degrees. THese are the things that are truly life changing.

It is worth it. Focus on the positive and improve your life. We’d love to help you so feel free to email us and get in touch. We have a great team of people doing great things with their life because of their focus. Join us!

What’s New with the P90X2 Nutrition Guide?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Denis Faye, the Wellness Expert and Fitness Advisor for Beachbody, wrote a wonderful article recently about what is new in the P90X2 Nutrition Guide.  As we prepare for the upcoming arrival of  P90X2 we should also prepare our stomachs for the new improvements in the nutrition guide.  The changes are good and we should all be very happy that Beachbody has made these wonderful improvements.  Read Denis’ article below and get prepared for this new workout and nutrition plan that will be here in the next couple months!

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By Denis Faye

Everyone wants to know how we went about breaking down the P90X® Nutrition Guide and rebuilding it into the P90X2 Nutrition Guide. After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

In a way, that’s true. Just as Steve Austin was a great astronaut before Oscar Goldman and the OSO spent $6 million to turn him into the Bionic Man, the P90X guide is still a great resource. However, you, our customers, have changed. We’ve spent the last 9 years watching you evolve into better, stronger, faster fitness fanatics. Our job was the make sure the guide evolved with you. Our job was to make a bionic nutrition plan.

When P90X first came out, Beachbody® had a fairly uniform customer base. Today, however, our customers come from all walks of life, so we need to address a much broader spectrum of needs. For example, a 105-pound mother of five just isn’t going to have the same nutritional requirements as a professional basketballer. (Everyone knows the mom’s life would be much more physically challenging.

Furthermore, our original customers, after one or more rounds of P90X, with possibly a little INSANITY®thrown in for good measure, have become incredibly aware of their nutritional needs. They’ve learned exactly how much protein, carbs, and fat they need to perform. They’ve also started experimenting with various nutritional philosophies. Although I’m neither a vegan nor a primal eater, the sheer volume of questions about each on the Team Beachbody® Message Boards has forced me to become an expert on both.

So we took these factors, combined them with the latest research, and voilà! Welcome to the P90X2 Fuel Your Performance Nutrition Guide, a collection of 27 different subplans, among which you’ll hopefully find a way of eating that works for you.

 

Out with the old

In order to offer all this variety, we decided to do away with the menu plan. The vast majority of P90X users preferred the portion plan anyway, so we focused on that. However, everyone loves a good recipe, so we reached out to some of our favorite chefs, including Tony’s personal chef Melissa Costello, and asked them to design a host of meals for every occasion. In this new guide, you’ll find scores of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, soups, salads, and Shakeology® recipes. Because we also have grain-free and vegan plans in P90X2, we made sure to have plenty of recipes to suit both of these dietary approaches as well. As was the case with P90X, each recipe lists the portion boxes to check when you eat it.

And don’t worry, all your favorite recipes from the P90X Nutrition Guide will still work with P90X2.

We also tossed out a lot of the junkier food options featured in the P90X portion lists. At that point, many of you were still transitioning to healthy eating. At this stage, you should have no need for veggie dogs, V8®, or that fast food portion conversion list in the back of the old guide.

 

In with the new

For every low-quality choice we eliminated from the portion lists, we added two healthy and delicious choices. You’ll find new fats, snacks, proteins, and more.

The three calorie “levels”—1,800, 2,400, and 3,000—are still there, as are the different macronutrient balances. However, given that the latest research is making the importance of dietary fat increasingly obvious, we upped the fat in all three “phases.” We’ve also redubbed them “plans,” because while we encouraged you to work your way up the three phases with P90X, by now you should have a pretty good idea what works best for you when it comes to performance, shedding fat, or both. In P90X2, you can just pick the one that works for you and run with it, changing plans whenever you feel like it.

That said, if you’re still not sure if you should be eating the “Fat Shredder 2.0” approach, the “Energy Booster 2.0” approach, or the “Endurance Maximizer 2.0” approach, we’ve included a section to help you figure that out.

As mentioned above, we’ve also added vegan and grain-free options that work for all three calorie “levels” and all three macronutrient “plans.” If you’re familiar with these lifestyles, you can jump right in. Otherwise, the book includes plenty of information on how to implement them. Also, we acknowledge that some of you cowboys (and cowgirls) don’t like to be restrained by portion lists. You just want to know how many calories or grams of carbs, protein, and fat to eat so that you can use your own foods and measurements. For y’all, we’ve provided charts listing all the numbers you need if you decide to forego the portion plan and just hit the macronutrient numbers on your own. Yee-hah!

Finally, we’ve let our top-notch design team rework the guide. They’ve taken a potentially dizzying amount of information and placed it in charts and graphs that should make it easy to digest. A nutrition plan never looked so beautiful.

In the 9 years since we launched P90X, we’ve watched umpteen diet fads come and go, each one claiming to be the final word in sports nutrition. It’s absurd, really, considering there’s no one single plan that works for everyone. The P90X2 Fuel Your Performance Nutrition Guide doesn’t claim to do that. Instead, it’s a wide-ranging guide intended to offer you all the tools needed to work with the only nutrition expert in the world who can truly tell you the right way to eat. That nutrition expert? You.

Becoming the Real You…a Lifestyle Change

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

I have had a lot of people come to me wanting to change the way they eat, workout, and go about their daily life.  They want to make a complete lifestyle change.  These people used to be like me.  The Jo-Anne Brandes I used to know was overweight by about 100 pounds, was lazy, didn’t workout, ate a lot of fast food and loved drinking soda.  The Jo-Anne Brandes I know now is the true me.  I do not eat fast food anymore, I cut out red meat completely, I do not drink soda, I lost over 100 pounds, and I enjoy exercise in all forms.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I will still have a dessert once in a while because I sure do love chocolate and there are days that I just don’t feel like exercising but I make up for it because I have made a lifestyle change.

I have talked to many people who log everything they eat on myfitnesspal.com or livestrong.com and that is great.  I have done it, trust me!  How are you going to learn how to figure out what to eat if you do not track your calories?  The P90X and INSANITY Nutrition Guide are there to guide you for that reason.  Every workout program from Beachbody comes with a detailed plan so you can learn how to eat right.  Yes, in the beginning you will be weighing your portions, tracking your calories, and it will be a bear.  I understand, I have been there.  You will wonder to yourself how on earth you can do this for every meal for the rest of your life.  Relax, you won’t have to.  Just like anything new to you it takes practice.  After you do it for a while you will learn it.  Eventually you will understand what is a normal portion size and how many carbs and proteins you need in each meal and you won’t need to track it.  Remember, you learned how to eat poorly over a long period of time so learning the right way will take a bit of time.  It is ok.

The same goes with your workouts.   For example, say you are starting with TurboFire, you are going to be a bit lost watching Chalene jumping around the screen.  I was very lost, I am so uncoordinated.  After you do the workouts for a few days (or weeks in my case) then you will adjust and you will have it down pat.  You will get the hang of it and you will know exactly what you are doing.  You will probably even start inviting friends over and laugh at them being as lost as you were.  It just takes time.

The bottom line is to not be discouraged.  Do not give up so quickly.  There are a lot of folks in your position and they are all struggling.  I am available and will be happy to work with you.  All the people on my team will be happy to encourage and motivate you.  We offer free fitness coaching and have a great support group on Facebook also that we would love you to join.  Just send me an email, friend me on Facebook, or contact me here.  It is no bother at all, I would really love helping you and my teammates would to.

Simple Carbs vs. Complex Carbs

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Carbs are just carbs right? Wrong. Different carbohydrates have different effects on your body and could either give you that energy you need or just plain slow you down. So which is which?

Carbohydrates in general provide a majority of the “fuel” your body needs to keep going and doing so efficiently. What is important is the kind of carbohydrates you choose to put in your body and knowing the effect those carbohydrates will have.

    • Simple carbohydrates, like soft drinks, candy bars and donuts give you that brief “fix” of energy and then you’re tired again and looking for that boost of energy, so you grab something else that consists mostly of sugar and unhealthy fat to relive that ‘fix”. It’s unhealthy and unproductive in your quest to becoming a healthier, more energetic person. The other down side of simple carbohydrates is that for the most part they have no nutritional value, can cause quick highs and lows in your blood sugar levels and make visits to the dentist frequent due to your intake of sugar.
    • Complex carbohydrates consist of beans, grains and some vegetables that have nutrients in them such as B-vitamins, iron and fiber. Complex carbohydrates are more beneficial due to their staying power in the body and work as an on-going energy source releasing those nutrients throughout the day. Not only are complex carbohydrates beneficial for supplying “healthy” energy to your body, these carbohydrates can help regulate your blood sugar levels, help lower blood cholesterol and they don’t give you that “fix” and energy drop like simple carbohydrates do.

whole grain breads and pasta picture

So, in a nut shell, the best carbohydrates for you to have, which would be considered complex carbs, are the following:

  • Oatmeal (combining it with honey, yogurt and raisins not only gives plain oatmeal extra flavor, but also gives you added energy.
  • Bananas (having one/day limits and/or prevents stiffness that could come from having a sedentary job).
  • Beans (jelly beans don’t count in this food group)
  • Many veggies are perfect complex carbs!  They are high in water, low in fat, have lots of great vitamins and minerals. Broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, potatoes, yams, corn, carrots, onions, all types of lettuce, celery, cucumbers, cabbage, artichokes and asparagus.  Yum yum!
  • Whole grains, which are high in fiber and they contain antioxidants similar to fruit and vegetables. Look for whole grain breads, pastas and rice.
  • Dried fruits like apricots, raisins and figs, which are low-fat and high-energy snacks. **Commercially packaged dried fruits contain sulfur dioxide-increases your risk of asthma, so be aware of the way you purchase the fruit.

Choose wisely and not just what looks and sounds good for that moment. Your body will thank you for it later and appreciate your decisions time after time.

Are There Really Benefits To Being A Positive Person?

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Honestly, if you or someone you know has to ask this question then be afraid, be very afraid.   Absolutely there are benefits about being, thinking and acting positively and especially associating with positive people.  Don’t get me wrong, we all have things happen in our lives that are or that we consider to be devastating, life changing, abnormal or negative.  How you choose to handle these types of situations is up to you.  I know, I know,  easier said than done, but you at least have to try at becoming a better person for yourself and those who have to spend almost every waking hour around you, either  at home or at work.

Think about it.  If you believe that bad things happen to you all of the time, that the world is coming to an end, that there is absolutely no light at the end of the tunnel, then you will be destined to live a life of loneliness, depression and misery.  Think again, is that really considered living? No.  It’s called moping, vile and you just carry around a huge cloud of boo-hoo everywhere you go.  Who really wants to befriend such a negative person?

So, why is it important to LIVE a positive life?attitude is everything graphic

  • Studies have shown that people become more successful easier and faster than their negative counterparts.
  • The obvious of being a happier person.
  • More energy and inner power and strength to accomplish and achieve goals in LIFE.
  • You end up with this amazing power to inspire and motivate others.
  • With a positive mindset, any adversity you might face, will be handled with a greater logic and reasoning.
  • “Good things happen to good (positive) people”.
  • People respect and want to be around you. You end up being a positive role model for your children, for those who work with you or for you and relationships become less stressful and more enjoyable.

This is a choice and your choice should be that you want to Be Happy and “look on the bright side of life”.  In situations of stress or negativity there has to be some positive in it or you would never get out of it alive.  Things blow over with time, patience and positivity.

You eat right and work out to keep your body in shape, but do you ever think about how you can make your mind/body healthier.  Positive thinking, positive people and a positive attitude will take you farther than you know when it comes to your mental and physical health.

A baby mosquito came back after its 1st fight.
Dad asked: “How did you feel?”
Baby mosquito replied: “Dad it was wonderful. Everyone was clapping for me”

Moral: Take everything positively

Who Loses Weight Faster? Men or Women?

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Men are bigger and have more muscle than women. Why? Could it possibly be due to a certain hormone called testosterone? Yes. Men are genetically engineered, made, designed to have a higher percentage of muscle and less fat. Why would this matter? Because these factors keep men fit and allow them to eat more calories.

Women, not having hardly close to the amount of testosterone as men have, and for good reason, need to build more muscle and get their engine revving by picking up some weights, start pumping and get moving. Women will increase their muscle mass and decrease stored fat by doing strength training a minimum of two times a week.

Benefits of strength training, for both men and women, is building muscle mass and it will help burn more calories. Strength training will also prevent osteoporosis by strengthening the bones. Strengthening of the bones is particularly important to women, because women are more apt than men are to having osteoporosis.

Women tend to gain their weight below the waist (think hips and thighs) “pear shaped”, while men tend to gain weight in the middle (oh those dang “beer bellies”) “apple shaped”. Seeing as most fat is deposited in these specific areas of men and women, the most concern comes from the fat stored in the belly, due to this causing a higher risk for developing heart disease.

On average men have faster metabolisms than women. Men have higher amounts of lean body mass (aka muscle) than women. Due to this lean body mass, the metabolism rate is determined and a body burns more calories due to this lean body mass. More muscle = higher metabolism. Research shows that on average “the metabolism of a man is 5 to 10 percent higher than that of a woman of the same weight and height.”

On average, women tend to be physically less active than men.  The American Journal of Physiology found that women burn an average of 16% fewer daily calories than men. A women’s resting metabolic rate was 6% lower than a man’s and the calories burned during physical activity were 37% lower for a woman than that of a man.

Here is the skinny, eat right and keep moving. A majority of men will surpass women in weight loss even if they are on the same workout regime (program), but women should not be discouraged with the efforts they are giving towards their weight loss goals because people are different and the dedication you put forth in your program will have positive results for you in the end.

Good luck.