As you may remember, we recently had a 30 paleo challenge at my CrossFit gym. I tried paleo before (last summer) but I wasn't super strict about it and pretty much only did it on the weekdays. This time I really tried to stick with it... and? I was very happy (and a little surprised!) by the results!
I'm sure by now, most of you have heard about the paleo diet. (And by the way, it's not a diet. It's not a quick-fix, lose 50lbs in 20 days, gimmicky diet. It's more of a lifestyle.) But just in case you haven't heard about it, basically it's "the caveman diet" -- you eat only whole, natural, un-processed foods... what the cavemen ate. This translates to: all the meat, seafood, veggies, fruits, nuts, & healthy fats you want. No dairy, grains, bread, pasta, legumes, sugar, or processed foods. If you'd like to read more, check out this website.
I already tried to eat pretty healthy before the challenge, so I didn't have to change a ton of stuff. The biggest changes for me were breakfast (no more cereal or oatmeal... hello, eggs and bacon!), lunch (no more sandwiches), snacks (no more granola bars or cookies... fruits and veggies!), and then no more dessert after dinner. We usually
So anyway... the results are FINALLY in! After 30 days of pretty strict paleo: I lost over 5% body fat, 4lbs, and I improved my WOD time by 30%. I was 1 point away from 2nd place, and I tied for 1st place female!!!
(for our WOD we had to do "Cindy" on day 1 of the challenge and then again on day 30)
20min AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of-
5 pull ups
10 push ups
I did 13 rounds on day 1, and 17+5 on day 30!
Overall, I was pretty happy... It was amazing to see how much of a difference it actually made, both in the way I looked and the way I felt!! I went from feeling bloated every day to feeling awesome and I could physically see a difference in my body. It's definitely less flabby and more firm now! I really didn't think the changes would be so significant.. I was expecting to lose maybe a couple pounds and maybe 2-3% body fat (the average at our gym was 3%).
Now that the challenge is over, I plan stick with it for the most part. My results were too good not to!!! I did indulge a bit last week in Mexico though ;)
I didn't go into a lot of details about this because I feel like I've done that on this blog before, and plus there are a TON of resources out there that know a lot more about paleo than me! But if you have ANY questions about it, please feel free to ask!