When it comes to CrossFit, your diet is as important, if not more important, for reaching your goals. Pushing yourself hard in the gym and hitting those PR’s mostly comes down to how motivated you are with your training. There are certain things you can do to help your body in your fitness journey to reach that fittest, strongest, and most ultimate version of yourself!
EAT CLEAN, REAL FOOD!
Clean eating whole, real, unprocessed foods. Foods that are “clean” are unprocessed, or minimally processed and refined. Clean foods have one ingredient like broccoli, quinoa, beans – it’s CLEAN. Good food is as close to its natural state as possible. Imagine it growing out of the ground or being raised on a farm, it’s REAL.
AVOID PROCESSED FOODS!
Processed foods are anything packaged that contains preservatives, added sugars or salts, coloring, or flavoring.
EAT WHOLE FOODS!
Eat fresh or frozen (without any added sauces, etc) produced instead of canned. Eat quinoa and 100% whole grains rather than rice or white bread.
CHOOSE ORGANIC WHEN POSSIBLE!
This will help you stay clear of pesticides or other toxic chemicals that are added to your food.
READ LABELS AND INGREDIENTS LISTS!
As stated, avoid foods with long ingredients lists. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you should steer clear of them. Look at the sugar and trans fat content. There are often large amounts of these in condiments or “healthy” bars and flavored yogurts.
UNDERSTAND WHAT REFINED CARBS ARE!
Refined grains are grains that have had the nutritious parts removed, such as white flour made from refined wheat. Refined sugars are sugars that do not occur naturally in fruit, such as sucrose (white sugar), high fructose corn syrup, and agave syrup.
CUT OUT SUGAR!
Avoid processed sugars in various forms. If you want to sweeten, go for unprocessed raw honey or pure maple syrup.
Vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. They are nearly devoid of the calories, sugar, and toxins are known to cause weight gain and health issues.
It would help if you were drinking at least 64 oz of water a day. If you do not stay hydrated, your physical performance can suffer. If you exercise intensely, then staying hydrated can help you perform at your absolute best. Your brain function is strongly influenced by hydration status. Studies show that even mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) can impair many aspects of brain function. So drink up!
- Eating “clean,” real food will undoubtedly help you lose weight.
- It will detox your body of sugars and refined carbohydrates that constantly make your blood sugar levels fluctuate, causing you to crave more, eat more, and gain weight.
- Your blood sugar levels will regulate.
- Your mental clarity with increase.
- Your hormone levels regulate, which will help with irritability and depression.
- You will sleep better.
- You will have more consistent energy, which will improve your workout performance!
Meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and NO sugar
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