If you have been getting serious about improving your overall health, wellness, and fitness; there’s a good chance that you’ve at least heard about the Paleo diet and the CrossFit training program.
The odds are even better that you had numerous people tell you that the combination of the two is THE way to go if you are serious about transforming your body as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Both approaches to fitness have similar foundations and really complement each other. Both focus on simplicity, foundational principles of fitness, nutrition, and a result oriented process. The Paleo diet and CrossFit are very clear in their steps, never filling your day with unnecessary tasks.
At the same time, you really want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to combine both diet and exercise programs together. A seamless combination will generate the types of results you are after. The Paleo diet on its own will get you about seventy percent of the way towards your weight loss goals.
Utilizing Paleo & Crossfit
When used in conjunction with the CrossFit training protocols, you will be able to lose ALL the weight you’ve been hoping to while simultaneously building plenty of lean muscle mass, athletic ability, and endurance.
It really doesn’t get much better than this!
To really help you hit the ground running when it comes to Paleo and CrossFit, we have put together this quick guide. Use all the information contained below to elevate your results across the board. You will find that your fitness goals fall into place when you start utilizing the Paleo process and the CrossFit training protocols simultaneously.
Let’s dive right in.
Paleo gets you back to your roots when it comes to nutrition.
The Paleo diet derives its name from the Paleolithic period when our ancient ancestors were really starting to evolve into his current form. We were hunter/gatherers back then, with very little to no understanding of agriculture or farming. Ancient man only ate foods as close to their natural form as possible.
There weren’t any cavemen snacking on Pringles, that’s for sure!
Modern scientists and researchers now believe that during the Paleolithic Age was when our bodies (and our brains, for that matter) underwent the most significant phase of adaptation and evolution.
The foods that we were eating (lean meat, vegetables, and some fruits) really supported our biology and our physiology. As a result, man achieved incredible growth, strength, and the final stage of evolution that we are currently enjoying right now.
Ancient man didn’t have to worry about obesity, autoimmune diseases, or digging their own graves through the foods they ate…
The game is far different today.
By getting back to basics and stripping out as many sugars and carbohydrates as possible. As well as really focusing on a diet rich with lean protein, vegetables, and fruits as close to their natural form as possible; we are all able to shed ridiculous amounts of weight in a hurry.
At the same time, stimulating lean muscle mass generation like never before, and lead much healthier, happier, and stronger lives all at the exact same time.
As we highlighted above, the Paleo diet is going to get you seventy percent of the way to the finish line when it comes to transforming your body. The foods we eat on a regular basis determine the way we look and the way we feel.
On the Paleo protocol, you will be eating foods that are rich in protein, fiber, healthy fat, and all the vitamins and minerals you need for optimum function from the tip of your nose to the tip of your toes.
CrossFit gets you the rest of the way on your fitness journey.
CrossFit started off as a bare-bones and very basic training protocol for those in the military as well as those in law enforcement and emergency services. Today it is likely the most widely practiced type of fitness training just because of its effectiveness as well as its simplicity.
Stripping away all the extra unnecessary elements of most traditional weight training programs. CrossFit abandons fitness machines that don’t really work, extra-long workout programs that have you spending hours and hours in the gym each week and forcing you to learn new training exercises each day.
CrossFit uses your body, free weights, and a machine or two (at maximum)
Utilizing these basic workout requirements… Crossfit helps you achieve results that you just wouldn’t have ever been able to achieve otherwise.
This is part of why CrossFit works so well with the Paleo diet. It’s all about getting your body and your mind back to basics. Using every single muscle in your body during training and accomplishing the kind of strong, hard, and rich endurance athleticism that so many people are looking for today.
Remember, people aren’t just looking for an ability to look fantastic in a bathing suit when it comes to fitness these days. People want to lead healthier and happier lives, while simultaneously feeling stronger and more energetic at the same time.
CrossFit is that kind of answer!
Another beautiful aspect of CrossFit is that it can be enjoyed without ever having to step foot in a traditional fitness center or gym. All you really must do is jump online, check out the Workout of the Day (WOD), and then go through the exact same motions as described by that quick video and you’re set.
Most CrossFit training sessions only last about thirty minutes or so (though some will go a bit longer and many will be a lot shorter). Despite the seemingly brief time, you’ll still be able to get in a world-class workout that has the potential to change your life completely.
Combining the Paleo Process with the CrossFit Protocol for incredible results!
To really supercharge both the results you’d be able to get with straight Paleo and CrossFit, you’ll want to combine this dietary approach with this new fitness lifestyle to get the very best of all worlds.
As we have already made quite clear, the food that you put into your body is going to have an enormous impact on how you look as well as how you feel. On top of that, the way that you move your body – and the frequency as well as the intensity in which you train – will also have a major impact on how quickly you are able to achieve the body transformation results you are looking for.
Right out of the gate, you’re going to want to focus predominantly on the Paleo process. Diet is always going to be the biggest piece of the puzzle whether you’re trying to lose weight, melt fat, or build lean muscle mass. The food that you eat is the fuel that you use to change your body, turns out the old saying is true: “You are what you eat.”
Nutrition is EVERYTHING
By focusing less on sugar, processed junk, and carbohydrates and instead on meals all around vegetables, lean protein, healthy fat, and fruits we can jumpstart our body’s transformation.
All without having to count calories!
From there it simply a matter of fine-tuning the Paleo meals that we eat on a regular basis. The Paleo diet depends on how our body responds to various kinds of foods at different points in time.
A Paleo post workout shake filled with protein powder, avocado, and pineapple, for example, is going to give your body EVERYTHING it needs to recover from your training session while also setting you up for success as far as building muscle and melting fat is concerned.
After your diet has been dialed in, it’s then time to start moving forward with the CrossFit training protocols. There are plenty of beginner routines available online (a quick Google search will point you in the right direction), and you want to stick to the beginner routines for at least three to four weeks (maybe up to six weeks).
It is important that you really cement that baseline level of fitness you need to get into the more advanced training sessions.
It’s a promising idea to train with CrossFit at least four or five days a week, but you want to make sure that you don’t over exert yourself. You’ll need a couple of days to rest throughout the week so that you can recover, as many of the more advanced CrossFit exercises and training sessions can be more grueling and challenging.
At the end of the day, the one-two punch of Paleo and CrossFit has proven to be amazingly effective for years. You’d have to be at least a little bit crazy not to take full advantage of everything that this diet and training philosophy has to offer!