TUESDAY 06-10-15: EAT FOR PERFORMANCE

TUESDAY 06-10-15: EAT FOR PERFORMANCE
06-10-2015 carl

Last week I spoke to a group from the Fitness First Challenge – the current spring challenge – about why we advocate many of the nutrition guidelines that we do. One of the reasons is the psychological response to food. Rather, the psychological responses to foods.

Consider any one of your favourite foods. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a sweet or savoury treat, it can be a favourite meal too. It’s almost like you have another stomach for that food. Despite having a full stomach and your body saying it’s had enough, you just keep going. This desire – eating for pleasure instead of according to hunger – is called Hedonic hunger. In general, humans in the developed world are Hedonic eaters.

Research has shown that these favourite foods activates the body’s reward system. This system encourages you to repeat the behaviour that is providing the pleasure, and is the same system that casinos exploit in gamblers. It’s a powerful system. Research has shown that the reward system can override the body’s cues for satiety which may lead to overeating.

We also know that dietary treats have the same effect on the brain as recreational drugs. These foods give you that feel good feeling.

Being aware of the body’s pleasure and reward systems is a step to improving your dietary habits. But just how do you overcome those feelings of “more”?

“Talk about fuel vs. food to take out emotional content.” – Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit.

You need to eat for performance!

Food is in fact just that – the fuel your body needs to function. While some of what is surplus to those needs is removed by waste, the rest unfortunately ends up somewhere as a fat cell. So whether you’re eating to support your levels of exercise or to maintain a good body composition, approaching food as a fuel is a must.

Make a conscious effort to predominantly consume quality fuel and you’ll be fitter and healthier, with the added bonus of looking better naked!

WORKOUT

The goal of today’s workout is to increase strength, specifically in the clean and front squat. The short intervals on the barbell conditioning are used to develop your ability to set up and move quickly – less think time. Overall, volume is low to keep the musculoskeletal system fresh while targeting the CNS. That way you recover from yesterday’s wall balls and are ready to use the legs again tomorrow 😉

LEVEL 1

A. Barbell Conditioning
Every 45 seconds for 8 rounds:
2 hang cleans

Must be sets across. Scale load to ensure no misses.

B. Strength
Front squat
3-3-3-3-3, ascending

LEVEL 2

A. Barbell Conditioning
Every 45 seconds for 8 rounds:
1 clean at 90-95%

Must be sets across. Scale load to ensure no misses.

B. Strength
Front squat
1-1-1-1-1, across at 90-95%

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  1. […] you come around to approaching food as a fuel MOST of the time, you remove MOST of the emotion attached to eating. Food is after all just that, […]

  2. […] I’ve alluded to the psyche of eating through topics of balance, approaching food as a fuel, and habit formation, I’ve never talked about feeding your soul. That sounds a bit airy […]

  3. […] Nutrition is the most important aspect of your health and fitness. You need to eat enough to support your activity levels but not body fat. When you’re nursing and injury your activity levels generally drop. If they do drop, you should be eating less. “My nutrition is better when I’m training properly” is just an excuse to stuff your face because you’re feeling sorry for yourself. […]

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