At the beginning of February 2018, CrossFit Frederick embarked upon their 2018 Numbers Don't Lie Paleo Challenge. The challenge lasted for 12 weeks. During this time, the challengers were required to log every meal, attend at least three classes a week, have scheduled measurements done, allowed one cheat meal a week (optional) and remove ALL (or most) non-paleo food from their diets. After, what seemed like a lifetime of dedication and determination, the results are in, check them out!
1st place: Top Journal Submissions...5,419 POINTS!
1st place: Best Attendance...97 CLASSES!
1st place: Most Inches Lost...8.25 INCHES!
1st place: Most Bodyfat Percentage Lost...5.3 PERCENT!
2nd place: Journal Submissions...5,141 POINTS!
1st place: Best Attendance...62 CLASSES!
1st place: Most Inches Lost...3.75 INCHES!
1st place: Most Body-fat Lost...5.6 PERCENT!
2nd place: Journal Submissions...3,802 POINTS!
1st place: Top Journal Submissions...4,280 POINTS!
Why 12 Weeks?
Twelve weeks may seem like a long time, and it is. But there are reasons behind it. In the first week or two, your body is adjusting to the increased amount of food and the six meals a day. For many, eating smaller meals six times a day is difficult at first. It takes time to adjust to it. The first 30 days is the time it takes for your body to clear out all the processed junk that it is used to and become accustomed to the healthy fuel going in. A lot of people also struggle with their food journal. It might seem like a hassle to log everything you eat, but we require it to make you aware of what is going in your mouth and to make you plan what you are going to eat. It also serves as a way to count your meals for each day and a way for us to review and tweak the foods you are eating so you see the best results. That first month is needed to rewire the system, so to speak.
"The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character." -Arnold Schwarzennegger
In the second month, that is where you start to develop your good habits. It takes this long to get used to the meal prep and start to see things moving in the right direction. While we do have weigh-ins, we rely mostly on body fat measurements as weight is a poor indicator of overall health. By this time, you should be honing your list of food staples you buy each week. You start getting better at planning out your meals to minimize the time it takes to make everything.
“Know that you have complete control over what you put in your mouth. No one ever ate anything by accident.” -Charles Poliquin
In the third month, things should have gotten to the point where you aren’t seeing it as a diet, it’s just the healthy way you eat. You can go out to eat and choose things off the menu that fit within the eating plan. You may have even discovered recipes or even foods you’ve never tried that you have now fallen in love with. This new way of eating seems more normal, and that is what we are shooting for. We want the Challenge to be the springboard to a lifetime of healthy choices for you.
There just isn’t a substitute or shortcut for proper nutrition and consistent exercise. Our winners are proof the formula works!
If you missed the Challenge, you don’t have to wait for the next one. Chat with one of our winners and see what worked for them. If you are looking to reboot your diet, Amanda is available for private consultations and can design a program that will help you achieve your goals.
Congratulations to our winners and we hope they continue to enjoy the success of their hard work!
"Never listen to anybody, listen only to yourself." -Serge Nubret