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Eight nutrition tips that will help you win Crossfit Competitions

Elisabeth

Elisabeth was a contributor on the longer article and used these tips while winning the North Central region.

Mike T Nelson wrote our book “Metabolic Flexibility for Fat Loss”; he’s kind of a smart dude.  When you buy our book, you get access to the ETP Science Lab private forum and webinars.  These are extremely valuable tools that can help you dial in your nutrition.

  1. Although we rely upon carbohydrate to fuel high intensity exercise, you don’t need to eat huge amounts of it all the time.  We value Metabolic Flexibility, or the ability to utilize both fat and carbohydrate as an energy source depending upon our activity levels.
  2. The times you do want to eat a pretty huge amount of carbs are the day before and during competition.  You need to experiment and see how your body reacts to carb loading, so give yourself a few trial runs before you attempt something like this.
  3. You may gain a significant amount of water weight (5 lbs. or so) after a carb load, so it’s a good idea to train your bodyweight movements with a weighted vest.
  4. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before the event.  Supplements like Progenex Cocoon can help you out here.
  5. Have a small high protein/fat, low carb breakfast the morning of the competition.  A scoop of Vitargo or a banana closer to the event will flex your metabolism towards fat burning mode.
  6.  A mixture of Vitargo and Progenex recovery will make a great recovery drink after the event.  The ideal ratio of carbs to protein is 2:1.
  7. Hydration is important.  Stick to electrolyte tablets and water during the event.  An oral electrolyte solution is fine to rehydrate at the end of the day.
  8. Again, test all of this stuff out before hand!  Give yourself several months to get a handle on how you respond to whatever protocol you decide to utilize.

Check out our article on fueling your body for big workouts or competition:  “Intraday Feeding for Competition Days”

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