The tank visited our gym last week. I'm not so happy to report the results......
On January 31st I weighed 112 pounds and my bodyfat percentage was at 12%.
Although I was satisfied with my body composition, I wanted to see if I could gain more muscle, and consequently lean out a bit. At the same time, I the Zone was beginning to consume my life and drive me a little insane. Specifically, it doesn't allow for any flexibility. Just as CrossFit is founded on constantly varied movements, I believe my diet should follow a similar pattern. So, in my effort to "change things up" producing muscle gain and fat loss, I played around with my Zone block prescription. Recently, I've even experimented with the NHE eating plan.
Six months later, I had increased my bodyfat by 1%, taking me up to 13% at 114 pounds.
I guess it could have been worse, but I had a hard time swallowing this one. Clearly, my efforts were fruitless. I don't think it was a mistake to allow myself to stray from the strict 10 Zone block allotment however, the caloric restriction may have been too aggressive signaling my body to (gasp) store fat.
Thankfully, I attended the Nutrition seminar at NorCal Crossfit and got a lot of good insight into my diet and nutrition in general. Robb Wolf is the man, he really knows his shit. Most importantly, I learned that I am carb sensitive and how to modify my diet to control this sensitivity.
My diet modifications:
1) Eat 4 meals/day
2) 3/4 meals; add fat blocks and subtract carb blocks.
3) 4th meal; add carb blocks and eliminate all fat blocks.
4) Time my "carb-up" meal after my workout.
5) Weigh and measure ALL my foods.