Kickstart Your Nutrition Plan – July 31 through Aug 4 until… the rest of your life!
We all fall off the watching-what-I-eat wagon from time to time. Kids, parties, holidays, stress, etc. Life gets in the way. Sometimes we throw that wagon right out the door or figure ‘hey, I’m working out, it’s OK to eat whatever I want.’
Nope. It’s time to refocus on the base of our fitness: Nutrition.
Step 1) Get Measured. Know what you are made of.
What is your total body weight? Lean Body Mass? Percentage of Body Fat? Skeletal Muscle Mass? What do you need to change? Set your fitness goals once you know where you are so you can determine where do you want to go?
Sign up for the InBody measurement. To help pay for the unit we are asking $15 each measurement. (We are looking at figuring out a discounted yearly cost for a once every 6 weeks measurement… kinda like Amazon Prime. We are still figuring out the logistics of doing all this so we will let you know as soon as we get it figured out)!
For accurate measurement:
- Get measured before you train (or several hours after when your body temperature is back to normal)
- Be hydrated but try not to eat a big meal or drink a ton right before you get measured
- Dress lightly – at least know that your clothes will be counted as fat and wear the same thing when you measure next
- Re-measure at the same time of day next time. There are fluctuations during the day due to the hydration levels and the amount of food in your digestive system. Try to recreate the same conditions each time.
Step 2) Get a Plan!
Based on your measurements you can set some goals. Do you need to lose fat and gain muscle? How much? How should you go about doing that?
You’ve heard the saying: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” That’s what this is about. Making decisions about what we eat. Going forward, get a plan in place. This is not a 12-week Challenge or any other specific time frame, but nutrition is a part of your healthy lifestyle that should continue for the rest of your life.
This requires work on your part. Investigating and deciding on a plan and then sticking to it.
Sure your plan can evolve and change over time. We also don’t expect anyone NOT to stray from their plan at all; that’s just not practical. Rather we want you to determine what best suits you, whether it is:
- Whole 30 followed by Paleo
- Low Carb
- Intermittent fasting
- Counting macros
- RP templates
- …or a custom designed diet by Streaky.
We will discuss these options in a later post. We are currently also determining how to offer Nutritional Counseling for those who want and need more.
Step 3) Stick to your Plan (over time)
Step 4) Re-measure, assess effectiveness of your plan and adjust as needed… Rinse and repeat.
I know there are some who think — and you know who you are — “I work out so I can eat what I want.” Umm… not so much. You may have heard us say “You can’t outrun a bad diet.” sure, hitting a grueling WOD may allow you to “eat whatever you want” if whatever you want to eat is limited to grilled chicken and broccoli. But if you think your hour in the box bought you a free pass at the all-you-can-eat pasta bar, you’re delusional.
Your results in the box can be boosted by your nutrition or hampered by it. Exercise alone is not enough. Get measured, get a plan and let’s do it! Summer is drawing to a close and the kids are going back to school. Let’s start making better habits now!