Eat Clean Train Mean
As part of Paleo month, each participant is required to get a before photo, measured and weighed so that when it is all over, you have something to compare yourself to. Since the last Paleo challenge (May 2013), I have adapted many of the fundamentals of this way of eating, avoiding processed foods and complex carbs such as bread, pasta etc, more veggies, mostly lean meats, keeping sugar intakes to a minimal and going for natural sugars such as fruit. Initially after the challenge, I was on a 70% Clean-eating 30% others. However, in saying that, I’m a massive foodie, so I do have my cheat meals ever so often :) What’s life without yummy foods?! So realistically thinking, a 60% Clean 40% others breakup would work better.
With the Paleo challenge happening again this year at Crossfit U, I have decided to do it with a slightly different diet and purpose. While I was 100% strict Paleo last time, cutting out all forms of sugar including fruit and honey, to achieve maximum weight lose, this time will be more of a detox. As I mentioned earlier, I have already been eating quite clean since the last challenge so this time around, I will be 100% Paleo but still allow myself fruit. I don’t think that I will be able to lose any weight so it will be interesting to see what will happen.
Seeing that we are already 5 days into the month, it was about time I measured and weighed myself. Since starting Crossfit, I have been monitoring and recording these 2 elements mainly out of curiosity and to see what both nutrition and training does to your body over time.
As you can see in the above photo, the main change has been with my measurements at the waist and hips which have reduced a fair bit. Meanwhile, my arms and thighs have increased ever so slightly. There is also a huge change physically - being more toned as well as gaining muscles and losing fat. Comparing weight, a year ago from now, I was a few kilograms heavier, but those extra kilograms were lost within the last Paleo challenge way back in May 2013. Ever since, with the balance of cleaner eating and consistent training, I have managed to keep that weight off. This just proves how effective it is to exercise but also have a healthy diet!
What I have learnt from Paleo and clean eating, is that it is important to stick to something that you can maintain for a long time, not a day or a week or a month but years to come. It is not a fad diet. It is a lifestyle change. For me, I love food so by training more and as clean as possible where I can, I am able to enjoy what I love!