Monday, January 11, 2010

Nutrition

Perhaps it is because its the new year, and I'm being bombarded with commercials, ads, blogs, and news stories about nutrition and diet, but I have been thinking a lot lately about nutrition.  And more specifically about my diet and nutrition goals for 2010.

Through CrossFit, I was introduced to the Zone diet.  In a nutshell the Zone focuses on eating clean foods in a balance of 40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fat.  You can basically eat whatever you want as long as it stays in that balance, and you stay within your limits for caloric intake (which the Zone simplifies into "blocks"), but if you eat "clean" foods, you will generally find you can eat a larger volume of food and stay full longer.   And, in my experience, you will feel better and have better athletic performance.  I have tried several diets in my life, and I have had better success, and been more satisfied with the Zone than any other as a diet that is sustainable as a lifestyle change.

So certainly one of my nutrition goals for 2010 is to stay in the Zone (I have to confess that between the 2009 holidays and my post-surgery recovery, I have been a bit lax in my dedication to clean eating... ok, I've been eating a lot of crap!).

But last week I was introduced to Bob Seebohar through a conference call on nutrition for endurance athletes.   From Bob's web site:

"Bob is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, the former Director of Sports Nutrition for the University of Florida and most recently served as a sport dietitian for the US Olympic Committee.  Bob traveled to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games as a sport dietitian for the US Olympic Team and the personal sport dietitian for the Olympic Triathlon Team."

During the conference call, Bob mentioned several times about training for "metabolic efficiency".  Basically, as I understand it, training your body to burn fat for fuel.  I have ordered his book, "Metabolic Efficiency Training: Teaching the Body to Burn More Fat" and will post a review of it here once it arrives.  

The importance of the link between diet/nutrition and performance has become increasingly clear to me in the past year.   When I am eating clean, and staying within my Zone block limits, I consistently get better CrossFit scores and can pull better times on the C2.   When I "overindulge" or eat processed foods, the next day I pay the price... 

This year I am hoping a renewed commitment to diet and nutrition -- in particular focusing on clean Zone eating - will help me achieve better results in rowing, CrossFit and triathlons.



1 comment:

  1. Obesity can be overcome by implementing diet. Basically, the diet only focus on two things, namely sports and nutrition, rest berketut at the break. Well, for olahraga mengecilkan perut, you can try from the easiest, such as running and walking. Perform routine, then you will see changes.

    ReplyDelete