Zone Diet, Atkins, Southbeach, Beachbody ect…. these are just a few of the super sexy types of diets and eating plans that exist in the world of nutrition. With so many complex systems to fuel health and performance it is incredibly difficult to find a plan and attack it with consistency. As in most cases when things are complex and confusing the best option is more than likely the simplest. Back to basics and the CrossFit Dietary Prescription.
The CrossFit dietary prescription is as follows:
Protein should be lean and varied and account for about 30% of your total calories.
Carbohydrates should be predominantly low-glycemic and account for about 40% of your calories.
Fat should be predominantly monounsaturated and account for about 30% of your total calories.
Calories should be set at between .7 and 1.0 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass depending on your activity level. (www.crossfit.com)
This prescription is well rounded, complete, and most of all simple. Simple is not bad. A squat is the first and simplest movement we learn in CrossFit. We train to make the simple movement perfect. The same can be said for nutrition.
Eat lean meats, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little startch and no refined sugar. If followed this will support performance and not body fat. This is the simplest goal. Lose fat and support lifting heavy and moving fast.
Here is your homework:
Next time you go shopping stay to the perimeter of the grocery store. The fresh foods are there. Meat, fruit, veggies, and other things that rot within a weeks time. If it is boxed and able to be stored for months chances are very strong it’s bad for you. As you pick up an item try to think “Is this a carb, fat, or protein?”. That alone will begin the journey and be the first small step of many.
Keeping it simple will ensure more sustainable success and with that success better compliance. Contact your coaches for more information on nutrition and stay tuned for future posts and seminars at CrossFit Tactical Strength. Contact us for more nutritional information.