Matt Chan explains how to create a baseline Zone Diet plan for competitive athletes and how to intelligently deviate from it in this video shot at a CrossFit Competitor’s Course at CrossFit Park City.
Only 10 percent of CrossFit Games athletes say they weigh and measure their food, Chan notes in Part 1.
“Now you may say, ‘Oh, I guess that’s not important.’ But in my opinion what that says to me is that 90 percent of the Games athletes can improve,” says the Level 1 Seminar Staff member who finished second at this year’s CrossFit Games.
In Part 2, Chan explains how athletes might deviate from the baseline prescription to achieve specific goals, such as gaining weight.
But he warns, “There really is no healthy way to overfeed an organism long term.”
In Part 3, Chan talks about a Zone plan for someone who instead wants to lose body fat.
It comes with a similar warning: “There is no healthy way to underfeed an organism.”
Chan adds: “If you have trained yourself—just like you would throw three workouts at a day, trying all sorts of different combinations of workouts—we’re going to train ourselves to eat this stuff and see what works best for us.”
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Part 2: 8min 7sec
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Part 3: 11min 36sec
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Additional reading: Q&A With Dr. John Berardi by Paul Southern, published June 27, 2011.