MY DIET/NUTRITION/EATING LIFESTYLE OPINION (FOR WHATEVER IT’S WORTH)
We constantly look for articles, documentaries, research papers and anecdotal evidence for adapting an eating lifestyle method that is (1) practical, (2) effective for weight management and (3) effective for enhancing performance. Regardless of the method there are certain things that all effective methods have in common: (1) Eat real food, avoid processed food, (2) reduce sugar intake, (3) stay hydrated with WATER, (4) eat portions of food that are unique to you that will support your level of activity, and (5) properly balance your protein, carbs and healthy fat (macronutrients or “macros”).
Follow these principles, for the most part, and you will have a “healthy diet” regardless of what you want to label your particular method. ALL of the diets that follow these principles are “good”. All have aspects that make them unique. All work…… or they don’t.
What you, the user, bring to the table (no pun intended), will spell the difference between adapting an effective, SUSTAINABLE eating lifestyle. You have to take time to prep your food. You have to constantly monitor what’s working and what’s not working for your body composition and your performance. You have to adjust what or how much of each macronutrient you’re consuming based upon personal observation. You also, as if the food thing wasn’t enough, have to “manage” stress and get enough sleep. Your body is highly adaptive so it will always be necessary to monitor what you are consuming and how you train.
The major eating lifestyles that most crossfitters draw upon, PALEO, ZONE, FLEXIBLE (IF IT FITS MY MACROS), and some I’m probably forgetting to mention, all work. It’s a smart move to learn the principles of all of them. They all have something to contribute. What makes one better than the other is you. Every one of these diets have failed and every one of them has had huge success.
Which one is better?
Whichever one you can make work for you. You’ll probably find you have to customize an eating lifestyle that doesn’t fit into any one label. And that’s fine.
I’ll offer one other “label”. Full disclosure, I’m currently in the process of learning this method for certification. The company is Precision Nutrition. I’ve followed the work of it’s founder, Dr. Jon Berardi, for years so I know it is backed by experience and results. I often post his articles or “Info-Graphics”. See the links below and you’ll notice that this method, more than any other, is simple to apply. That ease of application may make all the difference in the world.—George
Workout of the Day
Find your 1 rep max.
21-15-9 reps, for time:
Thruster (95/65 lbs)
3 X 10 GHD Sit-ups
Post your scores to.