Paleo CrossFit Combo

Paleo and CrossFit are often used together. It is a fact that you will get better results with dieting by exercising also. You will get better results with an exercise routine, by adding a sensible diet. Diet and exercise are meant to work together to bring fitness, and strength.

CrossFit is an exercise system developed over the years by Coach Greg Glassman. It is both a commercial system offered in many health clubs, and a system that you can do on your own. It involves constantly changing high intensity exercises most of the time, with weights. It is a functional form of exercise in that the routines are based on common movements. For an example, a CrossFit exercise may use the same muscles and movement as putting something away on a high shelf. High intensity exercises like CrossFit have proven themselves as great fat burners. It is better to do a unique exercise briskly for a short time, than to do the same exercise repeatedly for hours. Once you get your metabolism up by doing a high intensity exercise, the body continues to burn fat after the exercise is complete. More fat burning in less time. It burns more fat walking very briskly for a short time, than walking slowly for longer periods. The average CrossFit exercise takes two minutes to thirty minutes to execute. CrossFit can be an intense training for bodybuilders, or a more casual method of fitness and rehabilitation.

If you wish to learn more about CrossFit or try some of the exercises, you may do so by visiting CrossFit.com. CrossFit recommends one of two diets, the Paleo diet, and the zone, depending on your goals. The vast majority of CrossFit trainers, also follow the Paleo diet. CrossFit people are interested in getting as much energy as possible from their food. They do this by adding more healthy fats such as nuts and olives to their diets. This works in perfectly with the Paleo diet. They add more low glycemic foods in place of higher glycemic foods like most carbs. CrossFit works well with Paleo because with Paleo you do get to eat a lot of food. You can eat many smaller meals throughout the day. Both Paleo and CrossFit treat food as fuel for the body.

Either the Paleo diet or CrossFit training will bring positive results. Doing both as a lifestyle choice will bring the best results in the least amount of time. Both Paleo and CrossFit can be done on your own and on your own terms.

Diet Shmiet

I’ve searched my entire life for the perfect diet and tried just about every single one, from Atkins to Paleo, to the 4-Hour Body, to fasting. I’ve never been more than about five to ten pounds overweight at any given time, but the thought of letting it go beyond that scares the crap out of me, so I have become obsessive about diet and good nutrition.

I have a pair of brown corduroy cutoff shorts from when I was eighteen. Those shorts have become my guideline-my measuring tape, if you will. For the most part, I don’t go near those bad boys if I’m feeling fat. It’s only when I’m starting to feel skinny again that I pull them out. The big test is whether I can zip and button them-even if they’re tight.

I tend to lose weight when I’m depressed, like when I went through all three of my divorces. Each of those times, I probably weighed in at about 110 lbs. My sisters and my daughter would all yell at me about being “too skinny,” but I loved being that skinny, and I fit into all of my clothes-even the brown corduroy cutoffs. When I was that skinny, some of my “fat clothes” were so loose that I could pull them off without unbuttoning them (ahh, those were the days).

Ideally, I’d like to weigh 125 to 130, since I am only about 5 ft 3. I refuse to get on the scale, since I’m sure I can tell how much I weigh by how my clothes fit. I look at the dust-covered scale hidden under my bed with disdain, believing somehow that it holds the key to my happiness. Whenever I feel fat, I pretend all my jeans still fit because they have a touch of lycra in them so the stretchiness lies to me.

Most women can attest to the fact that buying jeans is one of the most stressful things in life. Who hasn’t tried on at least ten to twenty pairs before finding the only one that compliments your butt? I hated it when hip-hugger jeans came back into style. Whoever said those were flattering? Okay, so “Mom” jeans look goofy, but let’s face it, they flatter a womanly shape much more than hip huggers, which display “muffin tops” on anyone over thirty-five with hips or a butt. Nevertheless, I jumped on the hip-hugger bandwagon, but I found myself tugging the back of my jeans whenever I sat down, lest I reveal the dreaded “plumber’s crack” or my thong underwear (but don’t get me started on those).

“Someday I’ll be confident enough to get on it again,” I think to myself. But it has been years-I don’t even let my doctor weigh me. It’s my right, after all, to refuse, although they always make you feel that you have to step on the scale. I have this secret fear that there is a scale hidden under the examination table. And yes, I realize it’s probably just a table…

I know by how my clothes fit that I have not been below 130 lbs. since my last divorce, about seven years ago. And that was the last time I tried on those corduroy cutoffs.

It’s the little things, like when you throw on a pair of capris that have always fit comfortably and are now tight, or when your favorite sundress is hard to zip up the back, or when you notice you have bra overhang and back fat. BACK FAT! That’s a new one for me, and I’m having real trouble with it.

When those things happen, I throw on my sneakers and start running again, and I pick up the latest fad diet and go at it with gusto.

“Hmm, THE WHOLE30® PROGRAM. That looks new and interesting!” You only have to give up sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, and alcohol for 30 days. But wait, isn’t it just like the last one I tried? The new name intrigues me, and my daughter is doing it, so why not!

I am always dedicated to my diets, but, invariably, once I lose the weight, I go back to being relaxed and careless about what I shove into my mouth.

“Kale, schmale-are those Doritos you’re snacking on?” I say to my husband, as I lick my chops. Suddenly, the rules of healthy eating fly out the window as soon as I “feel skinny” again. And thus the wheel turns. It never stops. But I have realized that my carefree non-diet, if you will, is an indication of my happiness, so I think I will trade in my weight obsession for happiness-at least for today.

For those of you who have been on this roller coaster like me, try this: Stop obsessing! Eat simply, eat raw, cut out most carbs, reduce alcohol and sugar. There is balance in everything. Cut out some, indulge in others, but approach your eating with moderation. I have found that some combination of all, or a few, of my old diets work best. Above all, attitude is most important. Once you learn to think thin and healthy and adjust your attitude, you can achieve great results… Just believe in yourself, and believe that you are beautiful.