Summer 2016 vs. Summer 2018.
I have been doing CrossFit religiously for over 5 years now. I thought I was a pretty fit guy two years ago. I had my best finish in the CrossFit Open and even took 1st place in a competition at Myrtle Beach. The difference between then and now is what I am eating.
For the longest time I thought I could be Rich Froning and eat whatever I wanted to (like pizza on the last day of the CrossFit Games) as long as I was doing work in the gym. Reality finally set in. I knew how I was supposed to eat, I just wasnt doing it. Although, I did have all of my co workers believing I only ate plain meats and raw vegetables. Truthfully, I would get home from work and eat 2-3 full bowls of sugary cereal and milk.
Over the last 9 months or so I have been more strict on what I eat by preparing meals for the week, reducing empty carbs, and only drinking water. (Seriously, I can't remember the last time I had a sweet tea). I also recently discovered that I have a sensitivity to wheat, gluten, rye, bran and egg whites so I have eliminated aged those food from my diet.
I'm now at my goal weight of 185 and body fat is somewhere between 12%-15%. And NO! I am NOT counting calories! I am simply not eating bad foods and subbing healthy foods. If anything I am now struggling to get enough calories in a day. If you eat clean, you dont have to think about calories.
I'm not #paleo
, I'm not #keto
, I'm not #whole30
, I'm not #vegan
, I'm not #vegetarian
, etc. I eat a healthy combination of all foods from each diet.
As my wife @coffeekiloscolitis
said, you have to find out what works for you and not just go along with what has worked for someone else.