Why “diets” don’t work…
Just some thoughts
Diet……. This word has been used and manipulated into so many things. People hear the word “diet” and often cringe. What has happened is companies and other forms of media have created a stigma of fads and ideas that have made dieting a hassle, difficult, misleading, confusing, and simply hard to do. The truth is, is that dieting is pretty simple. It’s very black and white. The thing to remember about dieting is that its not a quick fix. Its not something you do for a few weeks or months. Its a change of how you DO BUSINESS. Its a change of HOW YOU OPERATE. At CF7C we believe thats its just as important to eat right as it is to workout. The two go together, some could probably even argue that nutrition may even be the number one priority.
Then what should we do?
What we recommend our athletes to do at CF7C is always dependent on their specific goals. Within everyones goals there is still very basic priorities to adhere to.
- Eat real food (It should have either had eyes and ears, or grew from the ground)
- Eat enough food but not too much.
- Eat as many veggies as you want!
- Eat 3-5 times a day.
- Your plate should always have a protein source, carb source, and a fat source.
Now, we realize there are many more things to include but at the core of every diet these principles run true. Yes there is Macros, or Paleo, or Zone, or Clean eating, and Point systems (you get the point). But these things all should have the same basic principles. Greg Glassman the founder of CrossFit said it best “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.” He said it years ago and it is so simple yet true.
So remember the take away is this, dieting is not a quick fix. Its a choice to do something different in your life to support a healthy and fit lifestyle. You work hard in the gym and should do the same in the kitchen. It’s ok to treat yourself every once in a while. That’s once in a while, like not all the time. Like a single thing at a meal. Lastly, always keep your goals at the core of what you are doing. You started working out to better yourself, live longer, be stronger, and feel better in your daily life. Make sure you pay attention to what you put in your body, your temple……I mean you only get one of them so treat it right!
A note from Coach… We are all not perfect at this, we all may stumble and lose our way, but remember ” you’re not a failure because you failed.” Just pick yourself up and get back on it again!
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