Myths about CrossFit & Diets

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  • Myth #1 : All elite crossfitters should also be on a diet

 Thor Larsen: “True! Although this depends much on what you mean by diet. If you use that analogy that you’d never put regular gas on a F1 car – then why would you put rubbish in your own engine. Obviously you perform better when making sure your body is fuel with proper amounts of quality macro and micro nutrients.”

Morten Sværke: “False. It will help you like nobody’s business, but you don’t have to. That being said, if you’re not eating healthily and with performance/recovery in mind, you could probably perform on a much higher level than you do right now.”

Kyle Raymond: “True.  I think diet can definitely have a positive or negative effect on one’s performance.  I’m not sure if there’s one diet that would be optimal for everyone but I would suggest that it would be unwise to deviate from your daily diet on the day of a competition.  Further to that point, if you’re thinking about trying a new supplement, the day of a competition is not the time to experiment.”

Liz Gunner: “False. This is dependent on the person. Some people perform better on a diet, some see no changes at all and some perform worse.”

  • Myth # 2: The zone / paleo diet will make everybody perform better in workouts
Blair Morrison: “90% true.  There are a few exceptions out there, but the vast majority will benefit from an improved diet.  Stop coming up with reasons to not eat better simply because you like junky food.”
Jason Mulligan: “False. Eat and drink what helps you perform best.”
Morten Sværke: “False and true, depending on where you come from. Both are good and healthy diets (when understood well and done correctly), but they are not the only ways to eat healthily with performance in mind.
If you eat crap, these diets WILL make you perform better, though. You just need to get past the adjustment period first; most people eating a “normal” western diet will probably see a few weeks of bad performance, sluggishness and bad sleep when starting a healthier diet. But don’t let that discourage you—it’s just your body detoxing and getting rid of all the crap you’ve shoved down the pie hole up until now. When you’ve gotten rid of all the toxins in your body, improvements will come.”
Thor Larsen: “False! Neither The Zone nor a Paleo diet will improve everybody’s performance as all individuals are different. If you have problems with fluctuating blood sugar and want to cut body fat by counting almonds then The Zone might be for you. If you’re convinced that eating potatoes (least I say sugar) might lead to your untimely death – then eating road kill, insects and berries and weird roots might be for you! Otherwise use some common sense and don’t eat all the shit you know you shouldn’t be eating. When you’ve eliminated that and it still doesn’t improve performance – then you can take the drastic step and try The Zone or paleo diet.”

Liz Gunner:Again, it depends on the person. There are endless examples of people performing better on a zone/paleo diet, but there are also plenty of examples of people who don’t.”

Kyle Raymond: “I have had a lot of former coaches who advocated the zone diet (40% carbs, 30%fat, 30%protein), although it was never referred to as the “zone diet”.  Although, I find it hard to believe that there is one diet that is optimal for every individual.  I’m a bit sceptical about the popular evolutionary argument for the paleo diet.  I don’t necessarily believe that our ability as humans to adapt to various circumstances (restricted food sources for example) is an argument in favour of constraining ourselves to live under those circumstances.  On the other hand, eating lean meats, sea food, fruit, vegetables and nuts seems like a pretty good idea.  Maybe cutting out all of the sugar and processed food people tend to consume is the true reason the paleo diet works rather then the evolutionary argument.” 

  • Myth # 3: Supplements is unnatural and should be avoided
Blair Morrison: “False.  Recovery supplements are valuable right after workouts and should be utilized to help the body recover. “
Jason Mulligan: “False. Supplements can lead to improved performance and recovery.”
Average Joe: “False. I find drinking a lot of redwine helps!”
Thor Larsen: “False! Living so far north that you don’t get enough sun half the year us unnatural and so is not getting enough omega-3 in your diet. There are endless good reasons to take fish oil and vitamin pills. If you’re an elite athlete and want to compete – you’re probably gonna shove whatever supplements you think will give you the edge in your mouth anyway.”
Morten Sværke: “True. My advice would be to go for whole, organic foods and plan ahead to make sure you have healthy snacks before/after the workout. That being said though, I would rather take supplements to make sure my body have the building blocks needed to recover than not eating anything at all and let my system starve.”
Liz Gunner: “The modern lifestyle can be considered unnatural. Supplements can be very helpful, but like with everything else they can also be harmful it overdone.”
Kyle Raymond: “False.  I don’t think supplements are necessary as it’s quite possible to obtain all of the nutrients you require without them.  If your diet is lacking in a certain nutrient for what ever reason, (perhaps vitamin D in Scandinavia) I can’t think of a reason why you shouldn’t use supplements.”

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