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Perspectives on Nutrition – Is Learning How to Lose Weight Fast a Good Idea?

Does a lower body fat percentage make for a more competitive CrossFit Athlete?


2019 CrossFit Games Demo Team

“Calories in/out are only one variable of many that determine if and when someone loses body fat. Resting metabolic rate, NEAT, willingness to exercise, desire to eat/not eat are all impacted by calories in AND impact the total calories someone burns.”

“How about increase calories, get the person to sleep and move more and then see what happens…There are plenty of people who I know have experienced performance and body composition improvements by INCREASING calories.”

“I could go on about the effects of a calorie deficit on cortisol and thyroid hormones and the effect those have on your ability to lose body fat…How about recommend that people seek out coaching or work with a professional to understand where they are at currently from a metabolic health standpoint before deciding if cutting calories is the right path for them? Just a thought.”

She posted these comments in response to Sheila Barden’s advice about how to lose weight fast.

CrossFit Games Athlete Under Fire about Controversial Nutrition Advice for Women


“I don’t have a flat belly because I believe in fueling my body for performance over restricting my calories to look a certain way. Yeah if I starved myself or cut down my fats and still trained as much as I do I might finally get that 8 pack but reality is my body type won’t. I like to eat and I know when I don’t eat enough I just don’t feel good during training. And a lot of it also comes down to genetics.”

Lauren FisherSource: CrossFit Inc

“So I’m sorry but I will never be one of the girls with no belly fat at all and I’m okay with it. I’m not an Instagram model, I’m an athlete and what we do is completely different here so if you don’t like the way I look you can unfollow. Thank you!”

“I eat around 3000 calories a day and I feel HAPPY and HEALTHY in my body. Yeah some of my pictures on Instagram don’t look attractive or my muscles might be bulging because usually a photographer comes in the middle of my training session. I’m not posing for the camera or starving myself before so my abs will pop through. I’m trying to be the best me and if I get a cool picture in action I’m going to share it. BE REAL, BE TRUE, BE YOU. “

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