Right Fit for CrossFit!
You like variety and novelty with every sun that rises. CrossFit training is the perfect partner you have picked to make your fitness journey exciting.
Whether it’s strength training, gymnastics, or good old cardio, your body needs to be properly fueled too! Nutrition is a foundation that is critical to performance in CrossFit training.
Here are some CrossFit nutrition guidelines for enthusiastic pros.
The Best Diet for CrossFit performance
The Paleo Diet is unquestionably the best diet that a CrossFit professional needs to pick up for maximum performance.
Believed to be the oldest diet of humankind, it involves eating like an early human, going back to the roots. It is a high fat, high protein diet hence keeps a check on your carb intake. Staples include meat, fish, eggs and loads of plant-based food.
Other diets that are popular amongst CrossFitters are Zone and Flexible diet.
When following the Zone Diet, you need to take nutrients from a specific ratio of 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fat. Carbs should be sourced from foods low on the Glycemic Index to provide a slow release of sugar into the blood. Lean protein and fat sources should be tapped into it. This diet reduces inflammation, which makes you lose fat in the quickest way possible.
The flexible diet requires you to keep in mind your total daily energy expenditure (including Resting and Non-Resting expenditure) and then develop the diet uniquely. This is done via the Mifflin-St Jeor Equation which then takes into account your current exercise regime and then gives you your daily calorie needs. You then need to calculate your Macronutrient breakdown by breaking down your total calorie needs into percentages of carbohydrates, protein, and fat based on your specific goals.
Flexible dieting is great in this way because it allows you to adopt a healthy lifestyle gradually and can be easily tweaked as you go further and get better. To stay within goals, all you have to do is track your intake.
The Paleo diet is a great choice when you don’t have to have a restriction on the quantity of your intake. It’s a clean diet that restricts certain food groups. The Zone diet is perfect if you want peak performance. For this, you need to be attentive with how much of what you eat so that you get the desired amounts of all nutrients. Flexible (IIFYM) diet finds itself settled in the middle of both. It’s less restrictive and also requires less measuring. It is also the perfect CrossFit diet for beginners.
Bodybuilder vs CrossFitter
It becomes really important to know what you are getting into. At some point, you have to pick sides! Do you want to train hard, build muscle and buff up, or do you like changing your routine, enjoying a mix of everything good?
Professional CrossFitters need to limit sugar and dairy consumption, whereas when you are building muscle, you need to increase dairy consumption.
Processed food is a big no when it comes to both. Read more about how to avoid what to avoid here: https://www.proathlix.com/blog/food/
What doesn’t go well with a CrossFitters diet plan
These are some cardinal sins that you shouldn’t be indulging in. Skipping breakfast is a no-brainer. If you are guilty of doing this, know that it doesn’t go down well when you are trying to engage in CrossFit activities. You would often come back home low on energy and would tend to overeat, which is the second sin. Even if you eat the food that diet allows, there would be no point in eating it in one sitting. Instead, make sure to adopt healthy snacking habits.
If you tend to juggle work emails and TV show bingers during mealtime, it’s time to stop and pay attention to what you are eating. Eating mindfully gives you time to connect with the food and also makes you stop overeating. When you eat too fast, you consume too many calories too fast and then suffer from energy crashes after some time. Your body finds it difficult to digest the food properly which also leads to irritated bowels.