Insanity Elite Nutrition Guide Made Easy

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After creating our P90X Nutrition Plan Made Easy resource, we decided to do the same for the Insanity program. We are proud to present our breakdown of the Insanity Elite Nutrition Guide!

The Insanity Elite Nutrition Plan includes five power meals per day of pretty equal caloric value. You’ll need to determine your personal caloric needs using the mathematical formula in the guide.

We hope this helpful resource contributes to your success with this awesome program!


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Having a good coach is KEY to your success. Seriously, it’s actually been proven! It’s especially important to use one that has completed the program you’re doing.

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  • We offer FREE nutrition and fitness coaching for ALL Beachbody programs
  • We did Insanity when it was first released in 2009, and we’ve worked ever since to bring you resources that will help you succeed on this awesome program.
  • We are both P90X Certified and definitely apply what we learned there in our Insanity coaching
  • Coach Dave has extensive triathlon cross-training experience and Coach Monica has tons of meal planning experience
  • We both use a performance-based assessment system that digs deep into your goals and goes beyond the number on the scale
  • With our combined knowledge of nutrition, we can help you navigate the seemingly endless sea of confusing and sometimes conflicting information
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Insanity nutrition is an incredibly powerful way to light your metabolic fire and keep it going all day long. The basic premise is to eat five meals per day of nearly equivalent caloric value.

The first step in the plan is to calculate your required caloric intake.

Because the calculations are somewhat complicated, we’ve created a spreadsheet to simplify the process and walk you through the three-step process. (Note that there are separate calculations for men and women and the process requires you to be completely honest about your activity levels and goals.)

Click on the title below to download it:


Once you have the spreadsheet, watch this video that explains how to use it:



In this next video, we break down the plan and show you how we intend to prepare ourselves for success – by preparing our meals in advance:


We know...nutrition planning can seem a bit overwhelming, especially if you have a full-time job, kids, and a lot of other responsibilities. Monica and I are here to show you just how easy it can be to do meal planning for Insanity.

The rule of thumb in the fitness and nutrition world is that diet accounts for right around 75% of your results. The bottom line—don't spend 40 to 60 minutes per day pushing your body to its limits and skip out on fueling it properly.

Simplify Meal Planning for Insanity

The trick to simplifying meal planning for Insanity (or any meal planning) is to break it down to small and simple tasks. Also, do what you need to do to make it work for YOU.

For instance, we like to be able to take our Insanity Nutrition Guide with us to the store, so we basically cut it up into meals. This allows us to buy just the stuff we’ve ran out of AND plan the meals for the entire week. Each page has a different meal, so it’s quite easy to go through it.

Insanity requires from 1,500 to 2,500 calories a day, depending on your regular calorie intake. Once you calculate the calorie intake and you know what you need, you can make a food list.

First, check your fridge to see what you already have and don’t have and then go to the market and buy only what you actually need. (By the way, if you are a Paleo eater, you can find Paleo recipes in the Guide!)

Typically, the Insanity Nutrition Guide suggests five meals a day. You can organize them easily with the meal planner.

For breakfast, you mostly need eggs or egg whites, cereal, and protein pancakes.

For the second or third meal of the day, I usually use Shakeology, which comes in various flavors (including regular and vegan chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and café latte).

Meal 4 is an after-school meal. You can grab a snack and combine it with tuna or chili or peanut butter and jelly. You can also have shrimp (frozen is fine) and prepare them in advance for easy snacking when needed.

If you have them, involve your kids in the meal decision-making process so they learn how to prepare and eat healthy food that they like. Some ideas for kid-friendly meals are broiled salmon, meatballs, and rice.

Meal planning is really easy when you do it properly. In this short video, Monica gives us an overview of how to plan meals with the Insanity Nutrition Guide:




  • fleur


    I was struggling with low self-esteem for many years before finding Insanity. I've never been good in sports, felt anxious every time I went shopping for clothes or showing myself in underwear, and I've tried all kind of diets to get rid of my belly and thighs fat. At 25 years old, I wanted to finally break free from self-disgust. Insanity was quite a challenge at first but with ShaunT's help and my own determination I got addicted to the program, happy to do my workout each morning and excited to see I was getting better at it. Not only did I lose 10 kg with Insanity, ShaunT also inspired me into continuing fitness and having a way more healthier way of life. ShaunT is a great motivator. He will make you dig deeper and be proud of what you've achieved for yourself. Don't hesitate a second to start your journey with Insanity !

  • TGriff


    Completed Insanity this past weekend and it works! I love my results. Me: mid 40's ex college track athlete. 5'10", was 185 lbs. I had seen a steady increase in my waist line over the past 2 years, and this was the heaviest I've ever been. Most people would say that I "don't look like" I need to lose weight, but I knew I wasn't in the shape I wanted to be in. So after 2 years of thinking about it, I did it. I lost 17 lbs, 1.5 inches off my waist, and the abs came back. This not easy, but I love it. If you do this, do yourself a favor and do the meal plan. 1) for the first couple of weeks, you probably won't be able to keep up with Shaun T. and team Insanity, so give your body a jump-start on weight loss by eating right; 2) why do the physical work and not put the right fuel in your body? Your body work starts in the kitchen. I'll probably do another round of Insanity, then either P90X, Chalean Extreme or T25. Thanks Shaun T and the Beachbody team!

  • T-Money


    Insanity transformed not just my body, but my life as well. I learned the value of discipline, perseverance and responsibility, and I gained control over my eating habits. After two months of Insanity, I was able to lose 41 pounds. These two months of dedication have produced a lifetime's worth of confidence, freedom and strength. Whether you are fit or not, I implore you to try Insanity. It could be one of the best decisions of your life!

  • Only Top Shelf


    This is an awesome workout. All of the workouts will kick your butt. If you can make it through the muscle pain the for the first week (you will be in pain) and you stick with it on the days you're really not feeling up to working out, you'll get into the best shape of your life. I've used it at different times - to train for a triathlon, long distance hiking, and just to look good for my wedding. It absolutely works.

  • Luv2Sweat


    When I started this program, my intent was to lose weight. I did much more than that. I lost weight and gained muscle, energy and a whole new outlook on life. I love that fact that you're constantly reminded that you may not look or move like the people in the video but to do YOUR very best and you will see results.

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