Even if you’re not ready to become a CrossFit star, approaching your training as an integral part of a bigger picture can help turn your habit into a lifestyle. Tightening up your diet, for example, can both aid recovery and fuel your workouts.
“I recommend that you make some serious changes to your nutrition routine, starting with baby steps, to gradually improving your diet,” says Hannah. “You might start with removing your worst cheat meal, and once that’s gone, eliminate the next worst. Sugary drinks should be one thing to go right away, along with any deep-fried foods or candy.”
Hannah also recommends using a food-tracking system to account for every single thing you put into your mouth or drink for the next seven days.
“Sometimes we get carried away with the day, causing us to forget what we were eating and when,” she says. By tracking, you’ll become more conscious of what you’re putting into your mouth and make better decisions because of it.
This doesn’t mean sweets are completely off the table.
“Don’t deprive yourself of things you crave, or it will only be a matter of time before you crash and burn,” she says. “One cheat meal a week so you have a bit to taste is okay; just don’t finish the entire plate.”
“Tabata has proven to be an effective way to shed fat and keep lean muscle mass,” Hannah says. It’s basically your standard high-intensity interval training (HIIT) taken to a whole new level: 20 seconds of all-out work followed by 10 seconds of rest.