We’re taking it back old school! This nurtrition challenge will focus on CrossFit’s simple prescription for nutrition:

“Eat meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that support exercise but not body fat.”

That’s it! It’s that simple. All you are required to do is stick to that simple nutrition guide. If you need more information on CrossFit nutrition, check it out here.

For this challenge you are required to follow this prescription and nothing more. You can further enhance it by weighing and measuring your foods according to the Zone diet parameters, but you don’t have to for this challenge.

The Challenge will start on the week of Monday, January 11 and end on the week of Monday, February 8. There will be a $20 entry fee.

During the week of Monday, January 11 to Saturday, January 16 you will get a chance to weigh in, take measurements and photos and do the Challenge workout.

After this come in to work out as often as you can and stick with eating meats, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar for the following five weeks.

Then, during the week of Monday, February 8 to Saturday, February 13 come in to take measurements and photos, weigh in and repeat the Challenge workout.

The winner of the Challenge will be the one with the best combined improvements in body composition and workout result. The prize will be a gift certificate in the amount of two thirds of the entry fees submitted.

What is the CrossFit nutrition prescription? It’s very simple:

-stick to the outer perimeter of the grocery store when shopping: the produce, meats and dairy sections.

-“nuts and seeds”: be sensible and go for the ones containing the good fats like almonds and sunflower seeds.

-“some fruit” means certain kinds of fruit, the low glycemic kind. Stick with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, grapes, apples, oranges, grapefruit, and pears.

-“Little starch” is just what it means, don’t eat a lot of it. Don’t even eat half of a lot of it.

-“No sugar” means no added sugar. The sugar in your low glycemic fruits is low so this doesn’t count.

-“Meats” can be beef, pork, chicken, seafood, fresh, frozen, canned, or processed. Try to stick with lean meats for better fitness results.

-“Vegetables”: you can eat as much as you want of all the vegetables that you want. Are you thinking that there are not many vegetables out there that I like to eat and like to eat a lot of? Consider this, if you are serious about getting the best fitness results that you want, whether it be weight loss, six pack abs, faster WOD times or big strength gains, you WILL eat vegetables, in as many varieties as you can and lots of them!

-Notice what the prescription does not include: grains, sugary drinks and alcoholic beverages. Try to keep them out.