Fall 2016 Nutrition Challenge Results and Testimonials

I feel as time goes on my work out performance has improved, I’ve definitely improved my endurance.  

I definitely felt stronger and leaner during workouts.  I also recovered more quickly.

My goal for the challenge was to focus on my macro nutrient ratios, and I quickly discovered that I was eating WAY to little protein, and had gone too far in the low carb direction.

I was sluggish towards the beginning of the challenge but I did feel so much cleaner and healthier once my body got used to eating paleo.

According to Complete Nutrition InBody analysis, after 5 weeks I’d gained 1.7 lbs muscle, lost 10.8 lbs fat, and body fat % went from 30 to 24.

Eating Paleo has worked for my family and has forced me to do more planning and food prep on the weekends which has made dinner time easier during the week.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Fall 2016 Nutrition Challenge! This was our fourteenth Nutrition Challenge, and you can find past results here:

Below you will find some before and after photos and testimonials from those who completed all seven weeks of the Fall Nutrition Challenge (2016).  I am really proud of the hard work everyone put in.  You all approached it with an open mind and a willingness to make positive changes. Big congratulations go out to all of the competitors from our gym.

There are a lot of factors that go in to choosing a winner, from before and after results based on measurements, to communication and upholding the guidelines during the challenge, to benefits that go beyond just physical looks and measurements.

WINNERS:  Congrats to Megan and Bonnie!  They were both extremely diligent with their food logs and sticking to the guidelines of the challenge, and also had some really solid results.  It was really difficult choosing winners this year because the small group of finishers all had amazing results and learned a lot through the process, so I want to congratulate everyone for their hard work and dedication.

Megan

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I lost about 9 pounds and a few inches during the Nutrition Challenge, prior to the Nutrition Challenge I had hit a weight lost plateau. Using Complete Nutrition’s scale I was able to adjust my macros to lose fat and prevent muscle loss.

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Since starting the nutrition challenge I’ve definitely noticed that I have more energy. There were definitely a few days during the challenge that I was hungry and not completely satisfied with the limits on my food intake, but most of the time what food I was “allowed” was enough. I feel as time goes on my work out performance has improved, I’ve definitely improved my endurance. 

Sarah

I lost 9 lbs. and 1.5% body fat.  My SMM (skeletal muscle mass) went up and down a bit.  At the five week mark, I had gained a pound of muscle, but after two weeks of experimenting with incorporating more wine and less protein shakes, by SMM went down a pound… I guess that experiment had pretty clear results.

I definitely felt stronger and leaner during workouts.  I also recovered more quickly. My sleeping patterns haven’t changed, but I do think I have more energy.  For the first few weeks of the challenge I was too low on fat and carbs so I was really tired, but after we increased those I had a lot more energy (and tastier food 🙂 ).

I really liked the Zone elements of this challenge.  My husband and I did a whole 30 and radically changed our diets five or six years ago so counting macros was a really helpful new tool.  I was definitely not eating anywhere near this amount of protein so it was really interesting to see how changing the macros within foods I was already eating changed by body pretty quickly.

Ben

I unofficially started the challenge about a week early to get the hang of things, and including that time I lost about 11 pounds.  For the first couple of weeks I was losing pretty much equal parts fat and muscle according to the InBody scanner, but after I added a protein shake right after workouts it shifted to primarily fat loss.  Overall I noticed my clothes fitting a little better.

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I didn’t notice any change during workouts, but my overall energy levels seemed much better.  I especially noticed less of an afternoon crash.  It turned out I wasn’t eating enough protein at lunch time.  I didn’t notice any change in my sleep patterns or mental clarity.

My diet was already paleo when I started the challenge, and I had been eating really low carb (like 100 grams a day, sometimes less).  I was probably getting 65% of my calories from fats.  My goal for the challenge was to focus on my macro nutrient ratios, and I quickly discovered that I was eating WAY to little protein, and had gone too far in the low carb direction.  Once I got my protein up to about 1 gram per pound of lean body mass per day, and my carbs in the 175-200 grams per day range, I instantly felt better and started losing weight.  I’m still tracking and hope to use the lessons I’ve learned during the challenge to continue to lean out.  I also highly recommend the MyFitnessPal app.  It made tracking really easy.

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Chris

I did notice a change in my body composition over the course of the challenge. I felt like I lost some weight/leaned out, and gained muscle to even out my weight of where I was prior to starting the challenge. I definitely noticed a slimmer mid section which is what I was hoping for, even if just a little!

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Throughout the challenge, it took me some time to get used to paleo and hitting my macros. So, at times I would feel sluggish or drained if I wasn’t hitting my macros. But, towards the end of the challenge I noticed I was performing better in the workouts and had the energy I didn’t feel I had at the beginning of the challenge. That was nice to feel!

I was sluggish towards the beginning of the challenge but I did feel so much cleaner and healthier once my body got used to eating paleo. I think in return, this definitely helped my mental health and allowed me to focus more on having a more positive outlook on things.

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This was surely a tough challenge, but I honestly learned so much and am happy I stuck with it. I hope to carry on the habits I’ve made into my everyday life and focus on improving everyday. The positivity and encouragement by all of the folks at the gym definitely helps as well and I’m grateful to have you all as a support system. I recommend anyone that is up for a good challenge to try out the next Nutrition Challenge!

Bonnie

What I noticed most was that my clothes started fitting better again! According to Complete Nutrition InBody analysis, after 5 weeks I’d gained 1.7 lbs muscle, lost 10.8 lbs fat, and body fat % went from 30 to 24. After 7 weeks I’d lost a total of 10 lbs over all. And it hardly felt like I was trying. Also, after workouts I don’t feel so wiped out as I used to. The other big benefit is my arthritis has really quieted down. I suppose from taking out gluten.

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By about the third week of the challenge I noticed a huge difference in my energy level and my mood, all way better. I also seem to be sleeping better and longer. The most surprising thing I learned was how much protein I need and how much food I need. I was grossly under eating before this challenge. When I combined that scenario with starting CrossFit in May I began to put on weight so I knew I needed an adjustment. Also, before the challenge I was mostly vegetarian because I care about the environment and also the “ick” factor but I gave up those ways and began buying meat and Timbercreek and made a successful switch.

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I feel so much better and apparently it’s noticeable because people are suddenly commenting on my complexion and my looks.  The other thing I want to add is that I was a serious sugar addict before I started this challenge (it was one reason I wanted to do it) but eating real food in good quantities with plenty of protein took care of my cravings and I hope I’m done with sugar for good now. By the time I cook and eat all this good food there isn’t room or desire for sugar anymore. Truth, I had a little at Thanksgiving and it was pretty underwhelming, so hopefully it will stay that way.  I followed the diet really closely, hitting my macros pretty much everyday. It was a huge eye opener and most definitely worth the effort. 

Stephen

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Life has been hectic for many years for our family and I kept saying that one day I will get in shape.  After a family vacation this past summer I learned that my cousin had been doing CrossFit for a year and loves it.  When I got home I thought now is the time to make a change and I started coming to CrossFit.  It has been a great experience and I like the challenge of the workouts and the changes I’m seeing already in my body.  Once I heard about the nutrition challenge I was excited because while I was feeling good with the workouts I hadn’t changed the way I was eating. 

Eating Paleo has worked for my family and has forced me to do more planning and food prep on the weekends which has made dinner time easier during the week. I also have plenty of healthy snacks easy to grab before I leave the house so I’m less inclined to eat other foods.  I have had support from my family and my kids have been extremely encouraging in making sure I don’t make bad food choices as well as helping me with weighing and bagging foods.

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I lost 14lbs during the challenge and about 20lbs overall since joining. The workouts are still challenging but by making better food choices and timing when I eat them my workouts are more manageable.  I have also noticed that my moods and energy level have been better with the combination of exercise and eating healthier.  I’m also sleeping through the night and overall just feeling better and encouraged to keep working hard each day.  It has been a time commitment personally with kids and schedules to get to the gym but it has been worth it and I am eager to see what continued progress can do.  I am still a long way from where I want to be but I’m excited about the possibilities.

 

GREAT WORK EVERYONE!

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