One of the biggest misconceptions of the Nutrition Challenge is that people joined to lose weight. This could not be further from the truth. The primary goals expressed were to get more out of WODs and boost energy, followed by muscle gain. Weight gain or weight loss were additional priorities for some people.
For participants, this meant eating sufficient protein and vegetables and striving to eat at least four servings of whole grain carbohydrates per day, while minimizing sweets and sugar.
If you saw Tina’s post yesterday, you learned that there were ACCOMPLISHMENTS of all kinds:
- Great WOD times and strength gains with several people cutting 2 minutes or more between their test in and test out time for Christine in just 6 weeks.
- An increase in energy in WODs and throughout each day compared to before the challenge.
- Lost inches! Several participants, even those who did not lose weight, lost inches around their waist or hips.
STRATEGIES that paid off for participants:
- Taking one day, one week at a time!
- Eating more consistently to ensure refueling and repair of muscles.
- Accountability, either with numbers on the board at BIG or tracking intake to gage progress and motivate.
- Cooking more. This was a huge change for some who had previously not cooked much. More important, this led to more enjoyment in cooking.
- Eliminating the need to ‘eat perfect’ every day or from Day 1. Many participants gradually incorporated new eating skills along the way and had good gains in the end.
I hope this reflection gets everyone interested and looking forward to a future nutrition challenge! Who knows what kind of gains await?
Happy and healthful eating,
Donna G. Pertel, MEd, RD, LDN
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