YOU CAN’T OUTTRAIN A BAD DIET!!! Ever heard that before? Hopefully you have…..repeatedly. And the truth is that nutrition isn’t about following a “diet” per se. It’s about changing your lifestyle and making healthy choices an everyday natural occurrence, not a chore. Exercise is a piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle. Nutrition is another, perhaps larger, piece. If you want results, either cosmetic or athletic, a properly fueled body is essential.
While there are numerous options you can choose on the path to a healthier lifestyle. The two different options that we encourage at Eagle Cap are Paleo/Zone or Counting Macros. They both have pros and cons and each athlete is individual in their likes and dislikes. Listed below is a very brief description of each option, with more information and individual assistance from a coach able to be set up on a one-to-one basis. If you’re willing to take the jump and commit to getting in the best shape of your life, the coaches at Eagle Cap CrossFit will be glad to work with you towards achieving your goals!!!
The paleo diet essentially allows lean meats, fish, veggies, some fruit, tree nuts (not peanuts) and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. This excludes… grains, legumes, white potatoes, dairy, and corn. Think about it this way… the things that are excluded are the food items that people are more often allergic to or just have issues digesting. White potatoes and corn just turn into sugar. Here are a few resources with more information:
1. The Beginner’s Guide to the Paleo Diet – http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/10/04/the-beginners-guide-to-the-paleo-diet/
2. The Paleo Diet – http://thepaleodiet.com/
The concept behind counting macros is to ensure you have the proper ratio of fats, carbs and protein to maintain energy and muscle growth, while changing your body for the better. In order to optimize your performance and be the best athlete you possibly can, you need to know what and how much you’re eating. Having macronutrient precision allows lean muscle mass to grow and body fat to melt away.
Tracking macros basically means consuming a balanced and appropriate ratio of carbs, proteins, and fats every day. Your coach can work with you to establish a base of macro goals for you to eat every day. Then adjustments are made based on your activity levels, performance goals, and your expectations.
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