The Importance of Nutrition
When it comes to performance and body composition management, the importance of nutrition cannot be overstated. In fact when Greg Glassman founded CrossFit and developed a hierarchy of development, he put nutrition at the very bottom as the base for all athletic endeavors. Likewise, a common phrase in many training circles is “abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym.” Others will tell you that you can’t outtrain a bad diet. This may be the one case where all the cliches about the gym are actually true.
So what does great nutrition actually look like? In later posts we will delve into the science of nutrition, but the definition CrossFit uses is beautiful in its simplicity and effectiveness, “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.” While this is a little vague (What kinds of meats? How much fruit is “some” fruit? “Little” starch?), it is fairly complete. If your current diet doesn’t look something like this and you’re working your ass off in the gym without seeing results...This is why!
However simple this may seem changing your nutrition is dubiously difficult. Social pressure from friends, work colleagues, social engagements, as well as our own ingrained habits are a number of things that keep us from making the changes we need to make in order to see the results we’d really like to see. Of course, all of these things can be managed and better choices are more often than not well within reach. Understanding what’s in your food and what foods are comprised of gives you the freedom to choose wisely.
(Nutrition Triangle by CrossFit.com )
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