I started a primal diet about 2 1/2 weeks ago, I'm pretty sure I'm over the carb-flu, and all is well. Except, I train in Krav Maga 2x a week (mon, thru). The classes are pretty intense (at least at my school), it's a crossfit style training, i.e. lots of calisthenics like push-ups, sit ups, burpees, etc. mixed with a lot of endurance type workouts like punching at 100% effort for 30 sec intervals repeatedly, running, jumping-jacks etc. These classes kill me (even before the diet change), I can barely complete them. For some background I'm 29, male, 6 foot, about 155 lbs. I live a pretty sedentary life as a software developer. I've never been able to eat a lot of food in one sitting. I haven't really had any problems with weight gain until recently - my mid-section is starting to bulge out and I'm not too happy about it :(
Does anybody have any advise on how to make these classes easier through my diet?
I understand that I should be eating more carbs on workout days, but what kinds of food? I have a hard time with sweet potatoes because they fill me up too fast and I end up eating less calories as a result. What about Larabars?
I'm also extremely thirsty during these classes and can easily drink an entire nalgene full of water. I'm going to try adding a squeezed lemon and some salt next time to see if that helps. But any advise here would also be greatly appreciated.
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on November 06, 2012
at 03:42 AM
I am also a software engineer and also started crossfit fairly recently (about 5 months now), and the first few weeks really blew me away. So i guess we have that in common :-).
Prior to starting crossfit, my primary form of exercise was running for a couple of years. Then i stopped that and started doing crossfit-like exercises at home (burpees, kettlebells, calisthenics, etc). This kind of exercise really gave me great results, though i knew i was not in great shape. Much better shape than when i was totally sedentary, but i didn't really feel really strong or feel like i had a lot of endurance.
I finally got the nerve up to try a crossfit gym. The first few weeks of workouts totally blew me away - far more intense than i was doing at home. But the group setting, comraderie, great trainers, and the feeling like i had the ultimate workout every time i went there kept me going back.
For the first 3-4 weeks, in each workout i just didn't want to embarrass myself or die. The truth is i was doing ok for someone who was not really in shape, being surrounded by people who were. I would go home and lie on the floor for a half hour, then get up and stagger to the kitchen for some water and food. A couple more months into it, i could actually get through a workout and think, wow that wasn't horrible. Another month or two in and about half the workouts were that way. There are still days where i come home and feel like i was hit by a truck. But it is fun and challenging.
The results have been amazing. I have lost a little bit of weight (5-10 pounds) but a lot of girth (about 4 inches so far), feel way stronger, look way better, and am proud of accomplishing the difficult workouts regularly. It has really been a great experience.
In short, i would say, stick with it for at least another month, if it is still miserable, give it up, but otherwise give it a chance!
on November 20, 2012
at 04:43 AM
You're having a hard time completing difficult workouts? Sounds normal. It also sounds like you have some eating/dietary issues that a good doctor should be able to help you with. You should be able to eat an entire sweet potato without something going wrong.
You don't need pre-workout carbs. Even as a high intensity athlete, I get zero carbs a day before my 4:30pm workouts. I get them all post-haste. Try something like coffee+mct oil/butter. These are very dense calories and excellent long burning sources of energy.
MOST PEOPLE STRUGGLE WITH THE WODS. Don't be afraid to slow down or scale to 50 percent of the reps. Just doing 3 hours a week of insane anaerobic cardio is going to make you weaker in the long run.
on November 05, 2012
at 08:16 PM
The water is definitely not too much. Drink when you are thirsty.
As far as food goes, you probably need to eat a lot more in general. I think 6' 155lbs is on the underweight side. If its hard for you to get a lot of calories at once make shakes. Use blended berries, coconut milk, really anything that tastes good to you.
High intensity workouts merit some carbs post workout, but the amount can be relative to you. Just eat more. If you are seeing a pudge, but you're still so light, add strength training to the mix as well. Or do you compete in a weight class?