Here’s a case where synergy really comes into play, combining a great exercise program with a natural approach to nutrition for a 1+1 = 3 effect.
CrossFit is a fitness program that mixes a variety of functional movement exercises from plyometrics and weightlifting to running and even gymnastics. Combined with the Paleo diet , known for its natural and nutritional benefits, the pair make for an effective “one, two” punch in achieving overall fitness.
The trick, of course, is to join them in the right way.
The CrossFit fitness regimen provides your body with a challenging, stimulating albeit energy-consuming workout. The average session lasts around 30 minutes and is chockfull of raw intensity.
The regular addition of new variations of exercises makes CrossFit more fun while lessening the cases of “plateau”, a state when muscles fail to grow any further due to the familiarity of a movement. This usually occurs when engaging in monotonous exercises.
CrossFit pushes for high quality and intense exercises, rather than quantity. Cardio endurance, as well as strength, is the end result of a successful CrossFit program.
To reap quality health and fitness benefits requires quality nutrition. That’s where the Paleo diet comes in.
Also known as the Caveman diet, this approach to eating has been found to be an ideal way to achieve the endurance, energy and nutrition needed to supplement the CrossFit program.
The utilization of low-glycemic carbohydrates (vegetables and fruits) and “good” fat (almonds, olives, etc.) as sources of fuel, have been shown to increase the energy levels and endurance of CrossFitters.
Following the “low-calorie intake, high-burn” mantra, the probability of attaining overall fitness is greatly multiplied.
It should be no surprise how well the Paleo diet philosophy merges almost seamlessly with the CrossFit lifestyle. Both are modeled after prototypical human activities dating back to the Stone Age.
What’s exciting is how the combination of the two gradually conditions our bodies to rely on alternative low-calorie sources of energy, instead our usual sugar-based foods.
There have been many testimonies from individuals with regards to the benefits of integrating CrossFit and the Paleo diet into their fitness lifestyles.
Reports of reduced body fat are common, while some claim that cravings for “bad” food have simply stopped. A few have even said they feel woozy after consuming junk food now.
The bad news is that reading about the two regimens will not make us any healthier or leaner. The key is to find out ourselves how they really do work by applying the two together, starting today.
Alfablue, February 2012