If you are serious about your health, athletic performance or if you want to see your abs, you must focus on Nutrition
It is not possible to outwork a poor diet and your choices outside the gym account for about 80% of your physical appearance and health.
Your coaches are there to help you understand what to eat, how much and when to help you transform your body. Coach Eric began CrossFit after seeing a photo of himself on a backpacking trip, barely able to breath and about to pass out. He listened to his coach, changed his diet and transformed his body in less than a year - that is him doing a handstand at 13,000ft elevation.
Dramatic changes take discipline and long term commitment. When we talk about diet, we are not talking about short term changes to get the body you want. Simply put, if you go back to doing what you were doing previously, you will get your old body back.
Forget about the high-carbohydrate, low-fat and low-protein diet.
Balanced macronutrient and healthy nutrition looks more like 40 percent carbohydrate, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fat. If you want a simple and easy to follow plan, try the Zone - read about that here.
If you are serious about your fitness, follow this advice:
Eat garden vegetables, nuts, seeds, healthy fats, fish, meat, eggs, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.
And by no sugar, we mean it. No corn syrup, white sugar, brown sugar, sugar in the raw, agave, stevia or any 'fake' sugars like sucralose, Splenda or equal. Honey and Molasses are okay if used infrequently (i.e. once a week or less). Click here for an in depth presentation on the topic.
Little starch does not include pasta, bread, tortillas, whole grains or packaged items. It does include sweet potatoes and other starchy vegetables. For more information, click here.
Some fruit means 1-3 per day, ideally berries or lower-glycemic fruits like citrus. Fruits and vegetables should be chewed and not blended for optimal results.
When purchasing your protein source, aim for the highest quality you can. Ideally, you will eat lean cuts of meat when not farm/pasture raised. Supplemental protein powders are usually okay if they are high quality and do not contain excess sugars.
To read more about how much to eat, click here.