The foundation of CrossFit begins with nutrition. What we fuel our bodies with on a daily basis has a tremendous impact on our performance in the gym and can have a direct impact on how we progress or regress in the sport. There are so many “diets” out there to try. Which one is best for YOU? There is no right or wrong answer; it needs to be a plan that you feel is maintainable and sustainable for you and your needs. With our Lifestyle Challenge right around the corner, I would like to give a little background information on the always trending “Ketogenic Diet.” Several people have come up to me and inquired about this diet and asked if they should do it. I am not opposed to this way of eating as I do feel that there is much research supporting the benefits of a Ketogenic Diet. With almost everything in life, there is good and bad. You have to weigh out the pros and cons of this way of eating to see if this is right for you. Do not just jump into anything right away without doing the proper research to support your decision. Many people have misconceptions with this diet and do not truly reap the benefits of it because it is not followed through the way it was intended to be.
With that being said, what exactly is the Ketogenic Diet? Simply put, the ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carb eating plan that causes your body to burn fat, and not glucose, for energy. The diet is made up of mostly fats (75 percent of your daily calories), some protein (20 percent) and a small amount of carbs (5 percent). Some of the benefits of the diet include weight loss, reduced inflammation, and increased energy.