CrossFit is a highly demanding sport and requires a very well balanced diet in order to optimize recovery. Not only will a good diet help with recovery but it will also increase your energy and help to rebuild muscle and increase muscle growth.
Remember intense exercise must follow with intense recovery!
Start by avoiding processed foods! When doing groceries, try keeping to the perimeter of the store (most processed foods are kept within the aisles). Add more fruits and veggies to your diet and eliminate added calories from liquids like soda, tea, juices and other high sugary drinks.
Try to limit the amount of cereals, bagels, rice, pasta and breads you consume, as these are highly carb dense foods that give very little nutritional value. Try to also limit the consumption of potatoes, peas, carrots and corn.
- Protein should amount to about - 30% of your daily total caloric intake.
- Carbohydrates should amount to about - 40% of your daily total caloric intake.
- Fat should amount to about - 30% of your daily total caloric intake.
Portion control is KEY! Protein should be about the size of your fist, Carbs about 2 fist full and fat should be about the tip of your thumb (butter and oil) per meal.