Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

For the next 5 weeks our gym, Crossfit Peachtree is running a competition.
I am going to participate and hope that eating a diet free from pasta, grains, rice and sugar can help me lose body fat. I have been eating following the paleolithic diet for about 4 and a half months now and I have lost body fat and gained lean muscle but with this competition I will have a body fat test at the beginning and the end and I am challenging myself to strictly follow the diet. Here is the competition:


You asked for it…you are getting it. Here’s the contest gig:

When: Tuesday 10.13.09 through Thursday 11.17.09

The Rules: Participants will get dunked to get their body fat and lean body mass tested at the start and end of the competition. Sign up sheets are at the gym and the cost of the test is $25 (each time). We are asking that you lock down for this month. Paleo only. CrossFit at least 4 times per week. Lockdown and go hard and see what results you can get within that month!

Cost to enter the competition is $10 each. There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize. Amounts will be determined once we see how many people are competing.

It’s going to go a little something like this:

1. We are going to look at the change of your initial fat mass – final fat mass and assign points based on the fat loss.

For example, if a person starts with 30# of fat and ends with 25# of fat, the difference is 5#, which is 16.67% of the beginning fat mass (30#). This equals 16.67 points.

2. Same thing is going to go with lean mass change. This will equalize fat and lean muscle mass gain, so for those of you that are already lean, you stand a chance in the game too!

Example, a participant starts out with 100# of lean muscle mass and ends with 105#. Lean mass change is 5#, which is 5% of the beginning lean mass, which is equal to 5 points.

This sample person would have 16.67 + 5 = 21.67 points in the end.

To hopefully motivate some of you to try out this Paleolithic lifestyle I am going to tell you my "dunk tank" results! This is not usually something a girl will reveal!

Body Fat: 25.2%
Lean Body Mass: 74.75%

Ideally to be in "optimum health" my body fat as a 26 year old woman who is 5'2" should be 19%.

For this competition the best I can work for is 21.2% since losing over 1lb. of body fat per week would be unhealthy.

My personal goal for this competition is to get to 23% body fat and 75.25% lean body mass.

I will continue to post great recipes that I find and try and keep you updated on how I am feeling and how my workouts are going.
More from my paleo kitchen tomorrow!

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