Hi, I’m JB. I’ve been CrossFitting and a member of CrossFit Chicago, since October, 2013. I think I know most members, but if you’re new or are one of those crazy 5:30 a.m. folks, perhaps not. Whenever I get into something, I think about it a lot. I find stuff out, and I pass it along. Sharing helps benefit our CFC community and is how I acquire personal knowledge. One topic I find incredibly interesting is nutrition, so l wanted to share a little bit about my experience experimenting with different “diets.” Primarily, Paleo VS counting Macros. First a few basic definitions:
Paleo Diet: In a nutshell
: If a caveman didn't eat it, neither should you. ... Quality matters more than quantity. You can eat as much of anything we could hunt or gather way back in the day – things like meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, seeds and bacon (real food).
Counting Macros (calories)
: Quantity matters more than quality. All food is made of 3 major macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fat. Counting macros is simply tracking the amount of those macronutrients aka calories, that you consume everyday. You can eat whatever you want pasta, cereal, candy and doughnuts as long at the end of the day you hit your targets.
So why is nutrition important in the first place? Well, in CrossFit we do these things call Metcons, which is short for metabolic conditioning. The term "metabolic" is often used to refer specifically to the breakdown of food and its transformation into energy. Food is the energy or “currency,” that allows us to operate and to do work. Work is the movement of weight (dumbbells or our bodies) over a certain distance and the rate at which we do this is power. In short, food is the currency that allows us to move more weight, further and faster.
We established that you need to eat, but does what you eat or how much you eat matter? In my experience, Yes. A few notes:
After experimenting with both Paleo and Counting Macros, these are my thoughts: