“I workout 3-5 times a week and I don’t understand why…” insert any of the following:
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“I haven’t lost any weight”
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“I haven’t much lost body fat”,
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“I don’t see my muscles more”
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“My performance has plateaued”
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“I don’t have more energy”
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During my first few years of CrossFit I said all of these things! Like many people, I thought that working out was enough to get the results I wanted.
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As a Nutrition and Crossfit Coach, I felt it was important to share my own relationship with nutrition and how it has changed my journey for the better.
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The picture on the left is from 3 years ago (September 2015). I had been doing CrossFit for 3 years, working out 5 times a week. I didn’t following a specific nutrition plan or have a coach that I was staying accountable to. I was eating a Paleo, which is how I thought most “crossfitters” were suppose to eat. I didn’t watch my portions and pretty much ate how much I wanted. I thought it was ok because I worked out and I was eating “clean”. I actually ended up gaining weight, and I wasn’t seeing much change in my performance at the gym.
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In January 2016, I decided I needed make a change and become more accountable to what I was eating. It was frustrating working out hard 5 times a week, and not seeing changes in my body or athletic performance. During this time I gained valuable knowledge on the importance of weighing and measuring my food and eating a proper balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat at each meal. I also learned how importance of using food to fuel and recover from my workouts.
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During the last 2 years I have noticed many positive changes since making nutrition a priority. I have more energy for my workouts and my athletic performance is no longer in “plateau mode”. I’m able to do gymnastics skills I never thought I would be able to and my strength has increased. I have lost some weight, but see a bigger difference in my body composition, including less body fat. I can 100% attribute this to nutrition.
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I now have a specific nutrition plan with macros and calories specific to my needs. I also have a coach that keeps me on track. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
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The best part is that these changes were not hard to make and have now become my lifestyle.
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So if you’re putting in the hard work at the gym but not achieving the results you want, I would take a closer look at your nutrition. I promise that once you start paying attention to what you’re eating, you will start seeing the changes you’ve been looking for.
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Coach Sarah E
CF L2
CF Gymnastics
USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach