Crossfit training has become one of the most popular and innovative ways to lose weight and get healthy and strong. Crossfit combines cardiovascular exercises, strength training and intense aerobic exercises to blast away excess body fat and improve health. The Crossfit philosophy surmises that a variety of intense workouts helps to sculpt different muscles in the body as well as entertain the mind. But with any exercise regime, there is always a recommended dietary plan to help maximize benefits and results. With so many fad diets and nutritional supplements, how can you know if you are employing the right diet in conjunction with Crossfit training?
Here are some suggestions from the leaders of the Crossfit revolution to help you with your diet and nutrition questions.
According to the Crossfit guidelines, a balance should should break down in the following way:
- Protein – 30% of overall caloric intake should consist of primarily lean (preferably organic) meats
- Fats – 30% of overall caloric intake should consist of monounsaturated fats
- Carbohydrates- 40% of overall caloric intake should consist of consist of low-glycemic carbohydrates
- Sugar – 0% of caloric intake. Nothing at all!
The Crossfit administrators promote employing the Caveman or Paleolithic Model for optimum nutrition and results from the Crossfit system. The Paleolithic diet functions under the premise that the main debilitating illnesses and diseases of modern humankind are caused by the exaggerated intake of process and refined carbohydrates and sugars. They base their nutrition philosophy around the diet of ancient man. Largely based on organic agriculture, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, greens, and nuts and seeds. They have formulated a nutritional plan that seeks to energize prior to exercise and refuel after a Crossfit session.
Sugars and high-glycemic carbohydrates are highly discouraged because they create an irregular insulin response that raises the blood sugars. An extended period of improperly elevating the insulin production in the body can lead to unhealthy conditions like diabetes and obesity.
If you have medical restrictions or dietary issues, speak to your doctor about your questions and they may be able to help you adjust the Paleolithic diet to meet your health needs. Also speak to your doctor before beginning an intense exercise regime if you have cardiovascular disease, an injury or any medical condition. If you do become injured or ill while in the course of Crossfit training, speak to your doctor about scheduling an appointment for medical imaging procedures that may be better able to identify a cause and solution for your discomfort.Author Profile: This article was written by M.G. Bachemin, who is associated with Doctors Imaging. She is interested in healthy lifestyles and fitness.