Doing CrossFit is certainly a step in the right direction — but DIET is a huge factor in determining how fast you will progress toward your fitness goals. We often observe that some new members lose large amounts of weight and/or get much stronger — sometimes in just a few months — while others who start at the same time show relatively little improvement. The difference is usually diet!
We believe the best diet combines elements of Paleo and Zone:
- Not everyone is sensitive to gluten, dairy, or legumes — but you won’t know until you try an exclusion diet. We recommend you completely exclude all 3 groups for a full month to see if it makes a difference in how you feel or look. Then add back one group at a time, testing each for a at least a few days before drawing a conclusion. (Tracking results with a food journal can be helpful in this regard, and serves as a great future reference in case you forget why you did or didn’t add back certain foods.)
- In addition to the above screening test, we recommend reading about Paleo and Zone diets — which call for greatly reducing or eliminating starch, processed foods and sugar. These diets do not mean going hungry — you’ll still be able to eat relatively large portions, but it’ll likely be different foods than you are eating now.
We recommend all members read the following:
(Each is very short)
- Check out Agoge’s Facebook page on diet where members share recipes, tips and relevant articles.
- Also, FastPaleo has a wealth of recipes that you can search by ingredients
- Everyday Paleo book is a great resource which shows how eating Paleo is not only feasible for the busiest of families, but also easy, delicious and completely life-changing. The author offers numerous recipes for all meals of the day, and provides tips for getting around common roadblocks, such as eating out.
- The CrossFit Level 1 training guide goes into detail on the “Zone diet” concept of balancing each meal with “blocks” of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. This method has proven effective for many CrossFitters in achieving optimal weight and athletic performance. And the balance of nutrients minimizes cravings between meals, making it more likely that you’ll actually be able to stick to this diet over the long term.
- The guide also mentions fish oil, which is a supplement that many CrossFitters believe improves recovery, reduces soreness, and/or helps with weight loss. If you try it, keep in mind that it is an anti-coagulant and could increase your tendency to bruise or bleed — so back off on dosage if you find that happening.