CrossFit, Nutrition Tips
It seems that after a few years, and as seen, CrossFit has not been a fad, but on the contrary, it is a reality, growing each day the number of followers and specialized centers. Thus, we have at our disposal one of the most complete disciplines that exist today.
Like any other activity within the people who put it into practice, there will always be a group that goes one step further, namely, that seeks to optimize and get the most benefit. One of the most important points on which is involved nutrition. To do this, they look for information on the best diets, or supplements that can enhance performance. Sometimes ignoring information that maybe, in most cases, are not intended for them. With this article I will not say what you have to eat, not mention it, but I put on record what I see and now and identify the problem and what can be the solution.
The danger of diets
A little that you have browsed a bit, sure I will ring the following terms: Paleo Diet, Intermittent Fasting, Ketogenic Diet, “High Carb”, “Low Carb” … eating habits denominations are under the concept of dieting. A curious constant is given, all are backed by science, all show a lot of studies behind on their profits … And for anyone who practices it, will you pearl. I almost remind religions, each with their god or gods …
So who is right? I must heed the CrossFit Community and Paleo me, or better reduce my power window 6 or 8 hours of fasting says. Meto carbs at night or eating them dejos and I`ll get the test strips to see if entered into ketosis …
Yes, this even sounds like laughter, is the picture that a person without much experience, you will find no less than crossing the corner of the website shift …
In my opinion, this is much more serious than it seems, and danger and health risk is underestimated: instead of going to real specialists (aka DN), the recommendations found in the network are followed, and then not even taken into account as subjective as can be the type of activity factors (not the same practicing CrossFit Weight lifting and cycling …), frequency (how many times a week …), the duration of each session, if suffer from any disease (diabetes, thyroid problems …)
The controversy clerk and the athlete
The tables have been exchanged. Someone with a high caloric expenditure, with an active and sporting life, usually tends to eat fewer calories or at least limit the foods you put in your mouth, not to mention when some quirk outside the planing are given, sound alarms …
Instead, those people, sedentary in 90-odd percent, ie people who respond to a profile office worker, are those paid card for vending machine …
Here the main paradigm of society, which should “afford” a more flexible plan, and indeed, unceremoniously or millimetric plans are those who seem to be afraid, for example, carbohydrates. And those who are supposed to undertake to greater restrictions should, go cavalierly … then come the tears.
CrossFit and return to the essence
CrossFit, in itself, has not invented anything, that is, you could say it has resumed exercises that were already previously made (for decades), and which have remained outside what enters the eyes in our society, perhaps for the business mounted (football …), such as weightlifting. And it is something to be also grateful to bring this exquisite discipline and make it known.
Other important benefits: recovering movement patterns with our physical body, performing gymnastics, prioritizing a base of strength with regard to hypertrophy …
And of course, the subject of nutrition would not be less. Eye! My position is not for nothing against the lifestyle and type of food that is advocated, or that most of their athletes do in CrossFit, on the contrary, I think it has a lot of benefits. What perhaps, in specific people, and especially for their interests (competition, improved body composition …), whether to make a series of paragraphs. Even so, in some respects if I have my doubts (avoid dairy, why sweet potatoes and potato if not? …).
Indeed, the Paleo diet, is really important CrossFit brings in the world. This type of power seeks to return to our origins, arguing that our ancestral genome, has not changed as the pace of dietary changes in society. CrossFit is performance, and I think this type of food can sometimes stay short. But if I see it as the diet set for the rest of the population (mostly sedentary).
The notion we have of the Paleo diet is that it is a pseudo-ketogenic, when the reality is not so. The Paleo diet does not eliminate carbs, but the sources of these. So, the bottom line would be vegetables, seasonal fruits, roots and tubers …
The key: a Balanced Diet
But this I say, it`s not because I made it up, but because it falls under its own weight. At the end of the day, CrossFit is a sport or as we would like to call, but where you will a good thrashing, who thinks to be the strongest in the neighborhood, there can be a humbling experience … Total is done exercise, and sugarcane. Any session can leave you for dragging. But … just like you would a 90-minute match football an 80 km bike route by mountain slopes, or running a sprint triathlon.
The body will turn to, to such efforts, the substrate at all times allows us to maintain intensity. That is, the fuel that allows the continuous exchange of cellular ATP. And for the above activities, the common denominator is glucose. This is stored in the corresponding deposits in the form of glycogen, thereby leaving: liver and muscle glycogen. Such reserves are not very high, and “autonomy” provided by glycogen 6-7g per kg body weight is estimated. In other activities, as would be the Marathon due to adaptation level athletes, the energy substrate are triglycerides (fats). But it is another issue to be addressed.
For if I have to compete in the Games, and I have 7 events in 3 days, explain to me how glycogen recovery based broccoli … ah!
For our interest, what I mean is that such physical exertion sometimes leads to the conclusion, from my own experience of these athletes (CrossFitters) that maintaining habits promoted by the Paleo diet, fail to achieve or recovery or improved performance. You can not recharge the energy stores to supply the fast pace of training, which sometimes reaches more than two daily sessions.
It`s what I said before about competition
Set current muscle mass or Render? Do you exercise for health or preparing a competition?
Here is the turning point around CrossFitter. CrossFit began as a general purpose activity that enhances the qualities and physical abilities of the person. To demonstrate this evolution, competitions are held, where people who have achieved better preparation, will prove
This is not to win but to show who is the crossfiter best did his homework, that is, one who knows how to dose their energy (efficiency), is a strategist, master all the skills, but possibly not the best in each, …
And of course, competing demands an almost exclusive dedication to truly have a chance of success. Given this, if you also want to “define” the fail is imminent. It is that still, doing CrossFit approach to sports, diet definition is almost contradictory, because the consequences will be precisely not perform as expected.
If you practice CrossFit another purpose, as a mechanism or tool to improve your mobility, strength, agility, … then yes you can have a good tune.
I hope that with this article, at least ye eyes open and do not bow down for the first recommendation that American forum … No one except yourselves know for sure what is best, and at this juncture, we have two options:
- Trial and error
- People to help you (Professional DN)