Jan 9 2014
Free Class Saturday at 11AM Come see what CrossFit is all about!
How much should you eat? This is a question that nags dieters and fitness professionals daily. Some weight reduction plans put the calorie count down as low as 800-1200 calories while others like Eat to Perform have you eating as many as 3000+ Calories. Which one is right, which one will get us where we want to go?
The answer lives in two places: the first is in that last sentence – “where do you want to go?” or rather what is your goal? The 2nd is that counting calories is a glorified myth and in many ways it’s imprisoning you and holding you back. (Ok, imprisoning? That’s probably hyperbolic rhetoric designed to make you buy books… but you get the idea).
Here is an interesting new take on the age old question of how much should I eat. It’s called The Calorie Myth and also tackles some very real problem with the current dieting model and food in the US. I’ll let you read the entire article instead of posting it all here but some of my favorite quotes are:
“it is intuitive that starvation makes you lose weight, but it’s wrong. When you understand the laws of physiology and biology, you understand that starvation is the worst thing you can do long term for eating and exercise. Two, because it works in the short term. If our definition of success is our weight on the scale tomorrow, starvation works. By that logic, so does cutting off your leg.” – I’ve actually been saying this exact sentence in beginner’s classes for months.
“Literally, nutrition professionals are working off of the theories from 50 years ago”
“The quantity of calories you put into your body don’t cause it to break down; it’s the quality of food that you put into your body that causes it to break down.”
“It is nearly impossible to overeat non-starchy vegetables, nutrient-dense protein, whole food fats, and low-fructose fruits — you would be too uncomfortable before you did so.”
“if you eat the wrong quality of stuff, you have to overeat in order to feel full.”
“Eating less and exercising more is a shrinking model. It’s a restriction model. It is saying you are inadequate; you are broken by default. If you don’t count calories, your stupid and weak body will go off the train tracks, and you will become fat, and no one will love you. So this message of counting calories and eating less and exercising more, it puts us in this position of being broken and inadequate and is incredibly repressive. Compare eat less and count calories to eat an abundance of natural and healthy foods because I want you to be the most brilliant, vibrant, growing version of yourself possible. One is suppressive, shrinking, and demeaning, while the other is uplifting, accurate, and actually helpful.
Telling someone that you need to be hungry the rest of your life, which is the message we’ve told women, is like saying you need to go to the bathroom less frequently for the rest of your life. If you’re hungry, your body is saying that for a reason.”
So what is this guy really advocating? Paleo. Eating whole real foods that help your body thrive instead of just survive. Is paleo perfect? Not necessarily but it does give a very good starting base for most people. And this guy has what I believe are some very valid points about how society has shaped women’s view of eating, body image, and diet.
3 RM Push Press
12 Deadlifts (135/95)
9 Hang Power Snatches
3 Wall Climbs
Start of the Hatch Cycle:
HBBS (Of just established 1RM Back Squat)
4×5 70% (of 1RM Front Squat)
20 Burpees – rest 1 Min