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The Importance of Diet

The Importance of Diet

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Warm-up: 400m Pregnant Run, 30 Pregnant Air Squats, 20 Pregnant Walking Lunges (20lb Med. Ball)

Low Bar Back Squat: 5RM

MetCon – 4 Rounds for Time:
10 Pull-ups
15 GHD Sit-ups
20 Back Extensions

Finisher: Stretch

A lot of diet questions have been floating around the gym lately.  With people trying to lose weight, others trying to get the most out of their performance in the gym, and others trying to put on a few pounds to make things like Fight Gone Bad easier, it’s easy to see why we’ve all been talking about nutrition.

For those of you trying to lose weight (many of us) or those trying to gain that competitive edge to beat your rival Ktowners (Doug vs Travis vs Blake, Ben vs James, Larry vs Old Age, Megan vs Waking-up-to-come-in-to-CrossFit-Ktown), there is nothing better than improving your quality of calorie.  Switching from a processed carbohydrate all you can eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner to a Paleolithic diet with lots of meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar can be the difference between life and death (or 30 seconds off your Jackie time, which is life and death to many of us).  By eating right and CrossFitting, you will see ALL health markers improve.  But to elicit that change you need to change your eating.

You’ve heard all of the coaches say it at some point: fix the fuel you’re putting in your body before complaining about how the engine is running.  You can get a lot of miles just by improving your quality of calorie, folks.  Coming in to CrossFit with little previous workout experience means you’re in store for several years of improvement if your diet is in line.  But you can’t out train a poor diet.  Fix the easy stuff first.  All it takes is a little shopping and some smart choices!

Here are some links worthy of reading:

This is a seminal article from the New York Times by Gary Taubes that, among other things, questioned the faulty science claiming cholesterol, and therefore fat, was causing cardiovascular disease.

This is a great commentary by Dr. Michael R. Eades on a Paleolithic study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

I promise you can get through each article without falling asleep,
Coach G

Have thoughts on either article?  Post to comments.

By | 2017-04-25T14:40:07+00:00 November 17th, 2009|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|3 Comments


  1. Kerr November 18, 2009 at 7:59 am

    The thought of adhering to any kind of strict diet to me is intimidating, but i realize that it would be in my best interests to do so. I mean, there are more intimidating things out there… like this:

  2. Jessie November 18, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Those two articles are great and I don’t think anyone quite understands how important diet is. I was skeptical of the importance of a very strict Paleo diet with not eating grains or sugars until after the nutrition cert. Now, I am completely convinced and was naive to think otherwise. Good post G.
    Miss J

  3. James November 18, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    The picture of that t-bone is making me hungry…J/K lets make a metcon of 150 cartwheels and call it the intimidator. =o)

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