CrossFit South Rockland

Monday, August 14, 2017

45 day challenge tip

Here at Traitz Training we are choosing Paleo foods along with using the Zone diet parameters not as a diet but as a lifestyle. It’s a way of eating for a great health and longevity, and that is extremely important to everyone no matter who you are.

I have to agree, that mostly a lot of us go with 45-day Paleo/Zone challenge to lose weight, and there’s nothing wrong with that. You pick a weight number you’d like to be at and work for it. It’s your own motivation; it’s the goal you’d like to reach. However, from personal experience and hearing it from others, I know that people tend to get caught up a lot with the number on a scale. 

Let’s face the reality. Initially, most people see a very rapid loss of 5-10 pounds in the first 2 weeks being on a Paleo/Zone diet. This is great, everyone gets happy, but don’t expect it to last forever: it’s mostly water weight. Why? Because you started avoiding sugar and sugary carbs that tend to hold too much water. After the initial dramatic dip, weight loss continues at a slow and steady pace. Do not get upset when this happens and your pounds are no longer shredding as fast as they did the first week. It doesn’t mean that Paleo/Zone lifestyle is no longer working for you. It means that you are slowly getting to a healthier body, burning fat, and starting to gain muscle.

It will drive you insane. It’ll give you more stress than you need. Scale gives you one big number. It doesn’t show how lean and strong you are getting, your body fat dose. Your body fat is the measure of lean muscle versus fat. Do not forget!  

Believe it or not, the number on the scale it’s what you should be concerned about. It's your body fat composition. So if you decide to constantly step on that monster we call scale, you will be stuck in a miserable loop which will only bring you down and might even get you off track. Do not let this happen to you. Continue following Paleo/Zone lifestyle,  come in and train with us, do the extra credit exercises, communicate with your teammates, and you’ll be well on your way to maintainable, healthy long-term fat loss and longevity. 

Good luck. J

Nataliya Olifer

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