If you exercise without paying attention to your diet it is said that you will only see half the results you would if you dieted in exercised together. Think of it like this, you have a goal of losing fifty pounds and adding ten pounds of lean muscle mass. With exercise alone it could take a couple of years to achieve these results if ever, but with diet and exercised combined you will see greater results in less time.
All of the workout programs that are reviewed on this site are complete programs. This means that they not only come with workouts, but they also come with diets that for best results you absolutely should follow. Below is a short paragraph or two of the key parts of the different diet plans that come with the workout programs that are reviewed on this site.
The Insanity diet plan is a 40-40-20 diet plan that has you eating a set percentage of macronutrients – 40% carbohydrates, 40% protein, and 20% healthy fats. This diet is a very well rounded and healthy diet, that is built to fuel your workouts and keep your body functioning at its highest levels.
The diet plan comes with a selection of recipes that you can choose from on a meal by meal basis. If I had to choose one diet plan to follow for the rest of my life, this would be it.
Insanity: the Asylum
A more restricted than the original Insanity diet. The Asylum diet cuts out dairy completely, you consume more calories in your meals earlier in the day, and no eating late at night. As Insanity the Asylum is a graduate program to Insanity, the diet plan is not as detailed as the original, but if you are following the Asylum program you should have a good understanding of your nutrition needs already.
The Power 90 diet plan wants you to lose body fat and build lean muscle mass. Power 90 diet plan focuses around 6-steps to eating better. Control your portions, Question everything you eat, Consistent eat 5-meals-a-day, Nourish your body by drinking water, Fortify your diet with a multi-vitamin, Refrain from eating at the wrong times.
The diet plan helps you calculate your calorie needs and has you select foods from Michi’s ladder to eat. It does come with 5 sample meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, but the nutrition guide is a little short and does not go into much detail about the why you should be eating this way.
The P90X diet plan is a three phase diet plan that coincides with the three phases of the P90X exercise plan. The dieting phases can be adapted depending upon your needs and goals.
Phase one of the P90X diet is the fat shredder phases, a diet high in protein and low in fat and carbohydrates. Phase two energy booster which is a 40-40-20 phase of equal amounts of carbohydrates and protein, and is low in fat. The third phase is a high carbohydrate period know as endurance maximizer and is often used by elite athletes to get the most from their workouts.
The P90X2 diet plan is very similar to the original P90X diet plan. Again this diet is a three phased plan where the amount of carbohydrates is increased as the program progresses to more intense workouts. The big difference in the P90X2 diet over the original P90X diet is that it has 3 variations, classic, vegan, and grain free.
The 10-minute trainer diet sticks with the ten minute theme. The diet consists of low calorie meals that can be prepared in less than you guessed it ten minutes. This diet is very basic, you combine protein with a carbohydrate and that is your meal.
Slim-in-6 gives you a nutrition program that is very step-by-step. You have options to eat meals from the recipes that are given in the nutrition guide or you can make your own meals from using foods from Michi’s ladder. The program has you eating 3 large meals and two snacks throughout the day for a very low total of 1200 to 1500 calories a day.