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Old 10-15-2013, 06:25 PM   #1
Adam Michaud
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8 Week Nutrition Challenge

Just finished the 8 weeks of an all paleo diet. I'm encouraged by the results. My main goal was weight loss, and that was met. I ended up about where I estimated I was going to be (I stayed off of scales during the 8 weeks). Performance wise I did improve on a number of lifts and my mile time dropped what I would consider a significant amount. Energy wise I felt pretty good and was at the gym 5 days a week 7 out of 8 weeks.

5'11" 29 year old male
BF% was measured by a hand-held device (I'm skeptical of them but its better than nothing)
Benchmark WOD was 15 minute running clock, run a mile then AMRAP of 5 DL @ 205, 10 Pull-ups, 15 Air Squats

Before ---- After
224 lbs ---------- 208lbs
25%BF ---------- 22.9%
7:26 mile -------- 7:02
2+10 WOD ------ 4+6 WOD (Between my messed up shoulder and grip strength of a spaghetti noodle I was pleased I could finally string together some pullups)

As far as lifts go, I don't have a lot that were tested relatively close to the beginning of the challenge and since/during it. During the 8 weeks I did set a new PR on OHS, Squat Clean, DL, & Push Jerk.

I have seen mild improvement on lifts, my mile time and sprint times that I care about are both down. I would like to continue on this path, while I think everybody wants to be stronger its not my primary concern. My interest in Crossfit, and my training before getting involved with it is rooted in improvement for a job related fitness test. Pretty normal as far as fit-tests go -- Couple mile run, situps, pushups, some sprint/shuttle run, some drag/carry type event, and pullups. While continuing strength gains will certainly help in these events, deadlifting X lbs or cleaning y lbs aren't what they are all about (as far as I can tell).

Long lead-in to get to a question --
By sticking on this diet and staying in deficit as far as calorie intake goes do I risk losing the gains I've made to this point? I would like to continue to lose some weight and I clearly need to continue to lower BF%. At some point though I would imagine eating at a deficit will begin to have negative consequences. Not sure how to tell when without reaching it...something I'd rather like to avoid.

Side benefit - discovered a bunch of veggies I could've swore I hated before...looking at you broccoli.

Thanks for the help.
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