This week, I got to talk with Coach Bobby about how to get started in tracking nutrition. As Coach Bobby says, nutrition is the most important aspect of CrossFit and is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. If you’re wondering about how to get started in nutrition, the biggest mistakes people make, and how to stay motivated – Coach Bobby has the answers.
Q: What first motivated you to become interested in nutrition?
I became interested in nutrition after struggling to lose weight even with exercising quite extensively. I had 40 lbs to lose and was really struggling to lose the last 20.
Q: How does nutrition relate to CrossFit?
Nutrition is the most important aspect of Crossfit. It is of the highest priority in the Crossfit pyramid. It plays a huge role in weight loss, recovery, as well as strength gains.
Q: What’s the biggest nutrition mistake you see people make?
I would say there are two major nutrition mistakes that I see often. The first is thinking they can eat as much as they want because they just finished a workout. When in actuality most very solid one hour workouts only burn around 200 calories. You cannot out exercise a bad diet, it just will not happen.
And secondly people drink tons of calories, which is truly just a serious waste of calories.
Q: How can people stay motivated to track their nutrition? What about ‘cheat days’?
People in general want to see very quick results with nutrition. This just isn’t the best way because then you have major rebounds in weight gain. A very good average is 1 lb weekly. I recommend tracking daily and averaging weekly weight to make sure you are trending down. The best advice I can give anyone about staying motivated is that there will be days when you give up and eat something maybe you feel like you shouldn’t have. The next day get out of bed and start again. Small progress is progress. So keep working no matter how small the progress is.
Cheat days are not really a thing. Our body uses uses everything we put in so in reality we can’t cheat. But what we can do is plan well. We can eat light for a few days then use 1 day a week to eat a bit heavier or have things we enjoy.
Q: For someone who has never tracked nutrition, what are the best ways to get started?
For someone who has never tracked nutrition I would recommend joining a Facebook group called Macros inc. they have a free tracking book and they are the friendliest group online that I have ever met. They are all super knowledgeable and willing to help daily. I help out in the group from time to time as well
As you can see, nutrition is crucial to your CrossFit journey and at JR CrossFit, we make nutrition a priority. Coach Bobby is certified in nutrition and health macronutrients coaching, so if you have any questions, he’s the person to ask. The first step is getting through the door, and then we can all make true lifestyle changes.
By Chance Miller