30 Day Nutrition Challenges?
Why don’t we do 30 day challenges?
We get asked this question at CFS on an almost weekly basis… 30 day challenges are fun, bring people together, and give us all an end goal we are working toward together. Sounds great, right? Yes and no.
What happens after the 30, 60, or 90 days is over? A good majority of us have done a set-time challenge before and where are we now? Looking for another one? This doesn’t make sense. How successful would just 30 days of CrossFit be? 30 days of p90X? 30 days of any workout regimen? Sure, we would see results, but if we stop after it’s over there is a great chance we will fall right back to where to started. These nutrition challenges fall in the same boat, why should we just do 30 days and be done? You should strive to change your nutrition habits for the long haul!
Thirty day challenges tend to promote binge behavior. How many of you have had that ‘one last day of freedom’ blow-out when you shove as much junk food and drinks possible into your system in a 24 hour period? Or after finishing your 30 days, head out and eat everything you have been craving so badly over your 30 days of clean eating? Binge behavior is not something that should be promoted.
Thirty day challenges also tend to be fairly aggressive with their guidelines and not very sustainable over the long haul. You should strive to find a program you can begin now and still maintain 10-15 years from now. Most people tend to be more successful in cleaning up their nutrition when they make small changes over a long period of time. Making dramatic changes without slowly moving your body to a ‘clean’ eating lifestyle can cause energy levels to drop, digestive issues, and emotional imbalances.
What does work?
Patience. Education. Longevity. Accountability.
You need to find a program that is unique to your own individual needs. What do you want to accomplish? One nutrition program does not fit all. Working with a nutrition coach/consultant can help you establish goals and educate you on what foods will and will not help you attain those goals. Goals are very important to your overall success, and setting up a nutrition plan with a coach will help hold you accountable and keep you healthy.
Everyone has different goals, but we should all be striving to be healthy from now until the end of our lives. Lifestyle changes in nutrition will be the most beneficial for you, and in time, with the right help, yield the results you want.A. Front Squat @ 20X1; build to a 3rm in 4-5setsB1. 12 Wallballs (20/14)– Rest 10sec
B2. 12 T2b– Rest 10sec
B3. 30sec FLR (floor/DBs/rings)– Rest 2-3minX3 Sets5min AMRAP
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