In the past few weeks, I have had at least 4 or 5 different athletes (both male and female) ask me for advice when it comes to "leaning out." I get it, it's summer, you want to be able to show off your hard-earned muscles... and why not? But when your fitness and your physique don't match up, it gets frustrating. I personally have definitely thought, "I work out way too hard to still have love handles, what the F is going on here..." more than once.
As us CrossFitters know, there is no magic bullet for a six-pack. However, the truth is that if you are looking for that CrossFit Games physique, there is one thing that outweighs all other factors (no pun intended) of your fitness programming: Your diet.
And diet doesn't just affect your appearance, but it is also a huge factor in your performance. However, finding what works for you in your diet takes a lot of trial and error, because everyone's bodies and goals are different. The CrossFit methodology teaches us about Paleo and The Zone Diet, both of which I personally have had a lot of success with (you can see some before & after pics of when I did strict Paleo/Zone for 30 days here on my blog if you're interested). If you have never experimented with cutting grains, dairy, legumes, and added sugar from your diet, that would be a great place to start. If you are looking for an even more full-on approach, check out the CrossFit Journal Issue 21, which breaks down the Zone Diet and even gives you a cheat sheet for "zoning" common foods.
If you want a more specific plan for dialing in your diet, don't forget that on July 20, Krissy from Doughnuts and Deadlifts will be here giving a nutrition and performance seminar. The cost is only $40 for Elevation members, and each participant will leave with a personalized roadmap for your macronutrient and caloric needs based on your own body and goals. This is a seriously awesome opportunity for everyone, but especially if you want to finally find a way to look as fit as you feel. Check out the event page for more details and to register, but hurry up because space is limited.
3x10 HBBS@ 55% (goal here is speed. Fast down Fast up)
10 min AMRAP
15 Push Press 95/65