Games Preview: What Can Wodapalooza & the ECC Tell Us About the 2015 CrossFit Games
WODAPALOOZA CAN TELL US ABOUT THE 2015 CROSSFIT GAMES!
The CrossFit Games are coming up soon and they’re going to be bigger than ever before. With over $1 million in prize money at stake, it’s no surprise that there will be some big names competing in the event. Some of these athletes have been training for years while others just started last year. There are even a few veterans that haven’t competed since 2011!
In order to prepare for the upcoming competition season, I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on about how the competitors train and what makes them successful.
While researching all this stuff, one thing kept popping up again and again: “What do CrossFitters eat?”
I don’t mean what they drink or smoke either; I’m talking about their diet.
A lot of people think that CrossFitters eat whatever they want because they’re doing all sorts of crazy things like lifting heavy weights and running around with other guys. But when you actually look into the diets of some of the best CrossFitters, you’ll see that most of them follow a pretty basic diet plan.
So why exactly does this happen? Why aren’t many people following such a simple diet plan?
Well, let me tell you…it’s not easy!
For many people dieting isn’t easy, they just want to eat what they want when they want.
AND who can blame them?
I’m sure none of us like the idea of depriving ourselves of our favorite foods. But after seeing the success that some of these top CrossFitters are having with their diet, it just makes me wonder why more people aren’t doing this.
But I’m getting off topic here…
Let’s take a look at some of the more common CrossFit diet plans:
Paleo: This diet is all about eating like a caveman (or cavewoman). The idea is to eat foods that are high in protein, low in carbs, and natural. So things like meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and nuts are all on the menu. Things like sugar, grains, and processed foods are not.
Zone: This diet is also high in protein and low in carbs. The difference here is that you follow a 40/40/20 plan (carbs/protein/fats).
Low-Fat: Not exactly a CrossFit diet, but many people use this as a way of life. The idea is to eat healthy while still being able to eat some carbs and fats.
The Paleo and Zone diets are the two most common among CrossFitters. And while many people have had success with both, there are some differences. I’ve found that many of the top CrossFit athletes follow the Zone diet. But what’s also interesting is that even though they’re following a strict diet plan, they tend to follow it loosely.
In other words, they’re not obsessive about sticking to the strict rules all the time.
For example, here’s a quote from Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet, who just happened to win the 2013 CrossFit games: “I try to follow the zone, but I’m not fanatical about it. I mean, I’ll have a doughnut every now and then.”
So while some people might look at this as being “unserious,” it’s working pretty well for her. And this sort of “everything in moderation” approach seems to be a common trend with many of the top CrossFitters.
So what does all this mean for you and me?
Well, it might give us something to think about is all. It’s just an interesting observation that’s all. I’m certainly not saying that you have to start following any specific diet. Not at all. In fact, I’m definitely not ready to start preaching like a nutrition expert or anything like that. Because the truth is, I’m no expert.
What exactly am I saying then?
Well, I guess what I’m really saying is that YOU are in charge of your own diet. No one else.
And if you find a diet that works for you and your lifestyle, then that’s all that really matters right?
In any case, I think this has been a good discussion and I’m definitely glad we had it. At least I hope you are too! If not, well, I tried. And remember, if you ever need someone to talk about diets with in the future, I’m here :).
Oh, and I’ve also created a sub-page that contains links to some of the diets I mentioned, including Zone, Paleo, and Low Fat. Check it out if you’d like: Diet Sub-Page.
Anyways, thanks for reading and have a great day!
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