3 Surprising Reasons CrossFit is GOOD for Weight Loss

Jeff Baldelli
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Positive Peer Pressure

In Perfect Health Diet, Kelly Starrett tackles this topic. Like the power of positive reinforcement that comes from creating a chain for your exercise, the community of people that CrossFit brings together may be just as important.

The bulk of CrossFit gyms have a sociable, friendly atmosphere. People are there to make friends, have fun, and be part of a community.

The only way to do this is to workout. It’s the people that are there every day, working out hard, and checking in on each other to make sure they’re doing the right moves.

The community aspect packs quite a punch, and knowing that you’ll have to either disappoint your friends or not live up to your potential will be enough to motivate you into action.

Periodization

This is the process of scheduling training sessions to achieve the maximum possible results.

The ideal is to have all of your energy in one seamless burst at the right time, or to save that burst for another day. This is not something you can do with steady-state cardio, but interval training really makes the most of your energy and has you in a fat-burning state for a lot longer than just one cardio session.

Some people say that interval training causes you to burn more calories during exercise and for a period after exercise, but no hard evidence exists to support this notion.

Self Confidence – Self Love

CrossFit can be intimidating for a beginner because the atmosphere is that of an intense workout, not a frilly spa.

You won’t waste time on locker room talk or diets. Instead, you’ll jump right into your workout and reap the benefits of intense training.

People who are overweight are less likely to feel comfortable in social settings or at the gym, so they go about their days without much movement.

When they do finally make it to the gym, they’ll tend to do less because they don’t feel comfortable, and will be uncomfortable wearing exercise attire.

But in CrossFit, you’ll be motivated by your desire to excel and do the best you can. You’ll be pushed by the coaches and motivated by your fellow crossfitters. Exercising will no longer be a slog through a grim treadmill session; you’ll actually be having fun and getting the best workout you’ve ever had.

When you pull the trigger and try CrossFit, you’ll also be improving your self confidence when you discover how hard you can work and how good you can feel about yourself once you’ve completed it.

Runner’s High and CrossFit Goals

Finally, we’ll talk about one of the most controversial workouts around for weight loss: CrossFit.

CrossFit is a type of workout that involves performing high-intensity actions, such as sprints and Olympic-weightlifting type exercises. It doesn’t fall into the category of a specific type of training, like the aforementioned interval training.

CrossFit can also be seen as a way of life. The broad principles of CrossFit involve pushing yourself to your limits, physically, mentally, and emotionally. One of the firm concepts of CrossFit is that it is only after you push yourself to your limits will you be able to see what you’re really made of.

This can be applied to anything in life, athletic, entrepreneurial, personal, vocational, etc.

The key to CrossFit is doing as many reps as you can in a set time. In this way, you can also do CrossFit at home with little or no equipment.

There are plenty of ways to do CrossFit in your own home, but outside of your home there are CrossFit gyms all around the country.

One of the really nice things about CrossFit is the community it fosters. There is a sense of belonging and support that you can’t get with isolated workouts.

CrossFit Goals can Motivate you to lose the weight

If you’re an avid CrossFit enthusiast, you’re probably familiar with your goals for class. That could be completing an extra strength cycle or completing a certain number of rounds with a certain set of weights.

Being motivated by these kinds of goals is a great way to maintain the level of intensity you need to lose weight. These goals are going to motivate you to perform well in class, which helps to push the fat right off your body.

If you find yourself lacking the motivation to keep up with your daily workouts, then you must be finding a way to get back on track. Use the goals in CrossFit as your roadmap for weight loss.

For instance, if you’ve decided to take the Paleo Challenge that Russell Lowry introduced to the CrossFit community, then follow his diet. If you’re following the Paleo diet, the number of clean, healthy foods you can eat should be a lot higher than the number of unhealthy food you can eat.

That means if you’ve historically avoided fruits, vegetables, and whole grains or opted for processed foods, then increase your food journaling. When you go through the motions of buying healthy food, prepping your meals, and tracking your meals, you’re reminding yourself that you’re actively trying to lose weight.

What is the CICO Diet?

There is one key element of the CICO diet that sets it apart from most other supposed “weight loss” plans.

Most diets are based on how many calories you should take in, or on what kind of food you should eat to keep trim.

The CICO diet, on the other hand, says that all you have to do is track the calories that you are expending from your exercise.

You can burn more calories than you gain eating donuts, as long as you do more in the gym as you eat them.

Let’s explore how this philosophy works, and why it’s effective for weight loss and weight maintenance.

Proof that CICO Works for Weight Loss

The idea that you could just take in an arbitrary amount of calories and then burn as much as you want (while maintaining the same caloric intake level) is based on the first law of thermodynamics.

In case you weren’t paying attention in class, the first law of thermodynamics says that energy is neither created nor destroyed, only transformed.

This is the case for weight gain and weight loss.

If you don’t “lose weight” by losing body fat, then you gain weight by gaining body fat.