We have worked with hundreds of CrossFit members and we have used the knowledge and experience to create this membership site. We have put the guide together as a starting point and we know that this will help improve your CrossFit performance and reduce your body fat....if followed for a consistent period!
This section provides the WHY. Why have we chosen 4 meals, why we have certain meal plates and why we focus on specific foods.
CARBS DON’T YOU FAT, FAT DOESN'T MAKE YOU FAT…EATING THE WRONG FOODS AT THE WRONG TIMES WILL.
Why do we start with 4 meals?
By arranging your food intake over 4 evenly spaced meals you reduce the likelihood of over eating. Your blood sugar level remains more stable and you are less likely to produce excess insulin; the hormone responsible for causing excess food to be converted to fat.
Excess insulin is produced when we consume too much carbohydrate and our blood sugar level increases. It can also be released too often if we snack regularly. The body needs blood sugar to be within a certain range, so insulin keeps the glucose levels from getting too high and causing negative repercussions.
If you eat too much in one meal then the excess food that is not used to replenish energy supplies can get stored as body fat.
The problem with spiking insulin at the wrong times is that it can cause negative health issues and increased body fat storage. So by changing the type of meal you eat and spacing your meals evenly we can more effectively manage insulin.
Even in a fat loss phase we want to be thinking about PERFORMANCE.
When doing CrossFit we stress the body by causing muscle damage and depleting energy stores. If we do not REPLENISH these stores we will be on the path to fatigue, muscle soreness and demotivation. Not a good place to be.
However if we TIME our carbohydrate intake correctly, eat the RIGHT type in the RIGHT amounts, we will both lose fat and crush your workouts.
An analogy we use often with clients is that of a car.
Now if your car sits on the drive all day long you wouldn't go pumping loads of fuel into it would you?
If you were to drive your car just round the corner you again wouldn't feel the need to "refuel".
However if you drove really fast for an hour or did lots of trips that day the car would need to refuelled. If you don't do this what happens? Yep it cannot function
Think of carbohydrates as the fuel. So when we have trained and depleted our energy stores we need to refuel. If we do - we can go into the subsequent sessions with energy stores full. If we don't...we may run out of fuel.
BUT WHAT ABOUT LOW CARB OR KETO?
Now we know anyone that has done keto-genic diets or very low carb diets will be shouting saying you don't need carbs! You are right...kinda
See we don't NEED carbs...but if we want to be the best we can be at CrossFit...we do. Sorry its true. (hands over ears and shouting not listening!)
Carbs are petrol or diesel. If we have an electric car (very low carb intake) then of course we can function. But we can only go short distances and not a very high speed. Not what we want to be doing in CrossFit.
This is very much dependent on your lifestyle. The calorie calculator will take this into account to get your starting point but it is all about adjusting based on progress.
We want to be getting faster times, heading towards RX'ing those benchmark WOD's and putting more weight on the bar. If fat loss is the sole focus we will inevitable end up disappointed.
THIS IS WHY HAVING PERFORMANCE RELATED GOALS IS ESSENTIAL
Now these can go hand in hand. Your goal could be to drop some body fat to help get your first pull up.
You see with CrossFit, body composition can change considerably. We can drop body fat but increase lean muscle. If we do this then what happens to our weight? It may stay the same. This is is why focusing on PERFORMANCE measures is crucial.
We can get caught up worrying about if the scale has dropped by 0.3kg. If it doesn't move we can get disheartened and think we are not making progress. Often this couldn't be further from the truth.
INFOGRAPHICS FOR CROSSFIT
Here is a link to a collection of INFOGRAPHICS that you can download and save to your phone or computer.