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Posted by Mike Norris on December 28, 2011
“The Zone, I’ll say, isn’t by far the worst diet out there. It gets a few key things right or somewhat close. That said, however, I think there’s big room for improvement.” – Mark Sisson
I hear it all the time from crossfitters – “Zone/Paleo is the best way to eat.” I’ve not had one of those people able to tell me why. Although I would rather see people that insist on eating a zone diet eliminate harmful grains and legumes from their diet, the 40 carbs/30 protein/30 fats breakdown misses the mark when it comes to optimal nutrition. It is proportionatly much better than the modern industrialized diet and that is why many experience results with it.
Let’s look at the carbohydrate load here. Carbohydrates are sugars, so we’ll call them just that to avoid confusion. Your body does need some sugar to run and that’s fine. You body does not need 40% of it’s energy to come from sugar. There are many reasons for this but I would look up AGE’s (Advanced Glycation End products – Think of sugar caramelizing on the stove and then think of that happening in side your body) and that should be enough to scare the crap out of you.
Protein. If you are crossfitting then you know you need your protein…30% of your diet is simply not sufficient. You are really pushing your body, trust me I know, so fuel it fuel it properly. Also, soy, as Dr. Sears recommends is not an optimal source of protein and studies show that it lowers testosterone. Eat more protein. How much? Try going paleo for 30 days and then your body will tell you once your hormones are back to normal. You don’t need to weigh and measure. The human body is indeed an amazing machine.
Fat is good for you. Good fat. By good fat I mean olive oil, avocado, wild caught fish and wild, pastured and grass finished meats and the like. Fat is satiating and is designed to be used as a primary source of energy. The zone limits fat intake below what most paleo eaters consider optimal.
All in all a solid paleo diet consists of quality protein, fat, vegetables and some fruit, nuts and seeds. The zone diet does not reflect this proportion as you see in the food pyramid below.
It’s not just about eliminating grains and legumes. That’s an important part and if you do that you are really on your way to better health. The energy source for the diets is just plain different. Paleo seeks to get your body back to a nutural state where it burns fat for fuel most of the time and sugar when appropriate. Bottom line…to Zone is not Paleo.
Posted by Mike Norris on September 28, 2011
At Riverside Military Academy, we had an old school gym. Brick walls, fencing and iron made up this inside of our gym. Hard rock pumped loudly from a stereo and men (really just boys) sweated and screamed while they forged their bodies. At wrestling practice, we performed metcon style work outs that were considered tougher than the workouts that other sports did. Ever since then, I have never cared for typical “globo gyms” and when my friend and I opened a martial arts school years ago we did it in a warehouse complete with roll up door. So when some friends turned me on to crossfit a little over a year ago, I was immediately drawn into the old school nature of what they were doing. I found out that I am not alone.
Crossfit is growing at a rapid rate. The number of affiliated gyms grew from 18 in 2005 to almost 1,700 in 2010. There are people out there who were just tired of the globo gym, people who see the results of a functional work out. Patrons who not only want to look better but want to perform better, whether it be in a sport or the game of life. While crossfit gets the mainstream attention, there are many other lesser known programs out there. RKC has been around for much longer and is considered to be the pinnacle of kettlebell training. MovNat gets straight to the point by training with functional movements in nature, cutting out the middleman that is a gym and lifting rocks, logs, climbing trees and more. Facilaties like Gym Jones in Salt Lake City, Utah have been quietly starting their own revolution.
In high school, wrestling practice had shown me what jumping rope, rope climbing, fireman carrys, stadiums and other functional exercises could do for your level of fitness. I was quickly introduced to new equipment such as sandbags, sledgehammers and tires. This all appealed to the fitness rebel in me. I was hooked. There is something great about working toward real fitness (not mirror fitness) in an environment where pushing your limits is encouraged. It brought out something inside of me, something primal. That is why I work out at a “different gym”. But are all of these programs created equal? Stay tuned all week for more installments of “Is Your Fitness Functional.”
Posted by Mike Norris on September 5, 2011
Why do I CrossFit?
Quite simply because I can’t not crossfit. I have been at this for 11 months and I have gained stamina, strength, flexibility…in essense, I am fitter than I have been since I walked out of Parris Island on that April morning in 1992. I have never been short on self confidence, but while I have always been proud of many of my accomplishements, getting in better shape than I have ever been, at 38, has me stoked. My wife and kids have noticed my improvements which are noticeable in every aspect of my life. I crossfit because I am healthier, stronger, and more balanced than ever. I have an addictive personality, and I am glad that Crossfit has filled my need for a new addiction….hence, I can’t not crossfit.
Nestor Perez and I attended Riverside Military Academy together. He is a United States Marine, Proud Husband and Father, World Traveler. Nestor works out at Crossfit Vida in Miami Florida.
Posted by Mike Norris on February 24, 2011
New Year’s resolutions often to into revolutions. A sad cyclical event when one starts out right and takes over there life only to be overthrown again by fat and bad health. Why can’t so many maintain there healthy lifestyle? They are often misled by all of the confusing health and fitness marketing out there, influenced by society and eventually loose motivation. On top of this you could look at statistics that tell you about how many people fail at their resolutions…it’s pretty depressing. Here’s the good news. None of that has to apply to you. Whether you want to loose 100 lbs, 5 lbs or just want to improve your overall fitness it is all very achievable. Make a New Year’s Evolution and evolve into the best that you can be!
Know Who You Are and Who You Want To Be
What is it you want to accomplish? Why? Do you want to do a triathlon? Do you want to fight in the UFC? Do you want to be able to hike a certain trail? You need to decide what sort of fitness that you require and train that way. Training like a triathlete makes no sense if you aspire to be a fighter and you will not find it mentally rewarding either. Functional fitness will reward you and make your life better. Don’t have something that you aspire to do? Find something! This is about lifestyle change my friend!
Stop Making Excuses – Tough Love
I often see people saying – “I’ll just skip this workout because…. or I’ll just eat this because….”. That’s not OK…period! Let me save you some time here, If you are going to do that then, close this window and get out and grab a donut, crapacino or some ice cream because you don’t yet have the desire to change. You have the ability but not the desire. Check back in when you’re serious.
For those of you that are still with me, you want to make a change. Stick with that and don’t let anything get in your way! Remember that life happens, you can always adapt. Left your lunch at home? No excuse to go grab fast food. Meeting ran late? You can still get in your work out or even do it another time. We’ll cover these topics later this week. Tune in all week for new installments that will help you become the best you ever!
Posted by Mike Norris on December 27, 2010