Note: This is not a scientific article about nutrition. It is just a little reminder about the fact that there are carbs and there are carbs, and that you are actually totally free to decide for yourself what and how much you can/want to eat.
Lauren Fisher, a CrossFit Games athlete, posted a picture of her amazing abs on Instagram this week, with information about her nutrition. That information included the fact that she eats 400g of carbs a day.
I started working with @jennilyn33 about 3 months ago right before the Open started and I haven’t looked back. 🙌 ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m eating more food than I’ve ever had while consistently weighing in at 135lbs every morning about 61.5kg. Originally, I wanted to get up to 140lbs but my body doesn’t like to store food very much. 😂 She has helped me with the timing of my food and also made me realize how important it is to give your body enough nutrients to feel recovered for the volume of training we do day in and day out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ You’re probably wondering what my Macros are and I wouldn’t recommend them for you because everyone is completely different… ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ But for training days, I take in: 190g Protein 400g Carbs 88g Fat ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ SO much food! But I feel the best I’ve felt in awhile and I’m never hungry anymore 🙈 ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ #JackedByJen #Progenex #Macros #AllTheFood
People went totally crazy over this – both on Instagram and Facebook – to think that you could have 400g of carbs a day and look like this! Every woman’s ultimate dream is to eat unlimited amount of cake and to have a six pack. If Lauren Fisher can do it, so can I!!!
Reading all the comments it quickly becomes clear that most people don’t know much about nutrition and training. There are questions like “How much cardio do you do, Lauren?” or comments like “I need to change my macros!” or “We could have a sick pasta party together!” (And there are always one or two losers who state that they do not like women with abs. Geezus. Get off the Instagram account of a professional athlete if that’s the case!)
Now, back to Lauren’s carbs – before ya’ll run off to that ‘sick pasta party’ – when CrossFit athletes talk about carbs, most of them do not talk about pasta. Or bread. Or pizza. Or cake. Or muffins. Or ice cream.
They talk about plain boiled rice, sweet potatoes and oats. And fruit and veg.
Still excited about 400g of carbs?
When CrossFit athletes talk about training, they do not mean an hour of cardio every day. They don’t even mean an hour of cardio PLUS an hour of weights a day.
They mean 4-5 hours of HARD conditioning and HEAVY lifting. Harder and heavier than normal mere mortals, me included, can even imagine training can be.
And the only way you can actually consume 400g of carbs a day is to add something like dextrose powder to multiple post-workout shakes during the day.
Still excited about 400g of carbs? 😉
I absolutely love Instagram, but people, people, people, do NOT compare yourself to anyone else based on what you see or read there. There’s the one extreme of eating an incredibly low calorie diet to look ‘long and lean’ and then there’s the other extreme of being into CrossFit (or weights in general) and wanting to look and eat like CrossFit athletes. These people train, sleep and eat. That’s all they do.
You can have a totally enjoyable life and a body you feel comfortable living in even when you don’t eat 400g of carbs a day.
And don’t eat pizza because ‘Lauren Fisher eats 400g of carbs a day so pizza must be good for you’, eat pizza just because pizza tastes amazing and normal people eat pizza and if you don’t eat or even like pizza then I don’t know what kind of a person you are.