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    I'm just starting out on the insanity and p90x workout programs and both of them in the diet guidelines they both say to not go low carb or you will "bonk" during your workouts that you need plenty of carbs in order to fuel the workouts. I have been primal for almost 4 months now and i don't want to switch my eating habits from the way they are but my question is should i up my carb intake a little for these workout programs? i normally stay between 35 to 70 grams a day during the week and on the weekends around 100-200 grams. I have had plenty of energy so far so should i up my carb intake or maybe my fat intake or leave everything the way it is?

  • #2
    Hi,
    I am currently doing a P90X/Insanity hybrid. Keeping my carbs at around 150 works well for me, plus of course plenty of fat. The only non primal source of carbs for me are (I know I'm gonna get some crap for this) Shakeology and the Results and Recovery drink. I'm addicted to them
    Just do it and see how you feel. Make adjustments if needed. You may find that you have plenty of energy.
    Let me know how you make out.
    Steve

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    • #3
      With 50 carbs a day I can get through my workouts with P90X. I could probably increase it but I like being under 50 carbs. What is Insanity like? Would you prefer one over the other?

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      • #4
        Insanity is WAY more cardio. Like Plyo on CRACK

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        • #5
          Do you notice results fast? Can you get through the workouts? Are the workouts as long as P90x? Sorry for the questions just kind of in a rut with p90x.

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          • #6
            Results depend on how hard you work. If you are in a rut with P90X then Insanity or an Insanity hybrid is just the thing. I switch the insanity workouts for the P90X cardio days. So instead of Plyo and Kenpo I throw in Insanity.
            Feel free to shoot me an email if you have more questions, no problem. My email's in my profile.
            Steve

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            • #7
              why not just stick with regular weight training and hill sprints?

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              • #8
                This works for me.

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                • #9
                  i switched from a (not strict) p90x diet to primal within the fifth or sixth week of p90x. i found that i had more energy to complete the workouts once i switched. as i got into the fourth or fifth week i started feeling fatigued and found myself dragging during workouts. i never bought the recovery drink, but opted to make my own with protein powder, a lil milk, and some %100 grape juice but i stopped doing that after going primal. i've since kinda dropped p90x, but plan on using some of the weightlifting programs in my own routine that i want to include brazilian ju jitsu, yoga, walking, kettlebells, and sprints. i liked the program, didn't like the diet - i was starving all the time and if i didn't eat within 30 mins of working out i turned into a zombie. literally.
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                  • #10
                    I'm with ya on the zombie part... Today I am eating like crazy. I will probably hit 2,800 calories by the end of the day.

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                    • #11
                      I would say just use nutrient timing... I honestly don't think you need to switch to high carb or anything, but carbs pre/post, or first meal would help.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by arthurb999 View Post
                        why not just stick with regular weight training and hill sprints?
                        They provide an exercise blueprint that will provide results in the exercise arena the same way the primal blue print will for diet.

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