If you’re new to the CrossFit world, or a seasoned veteran, adjusting your diet to live a healthier lifestyle is a top priority. Traditionally CrossFitters followed a Paleo diet, but the newer Keto diet craze is sweeping CrossFit gyms across the nation. But, what is exactly is the difference? And, more importantly, when should you choose a paleo regime over a keto diet with your intense CrossFit workouts.
With Paleo, the goal is to step back in time and eat how humans ate millions of years ago. The key is to tap into how our digestive system naturally evolved and to avoid processed foods. Essentially, the Paleo diet eliminates grains, high sugar foods and swaps them out for truly organic and all natural substitutes.
What you may lack in carb intake you more than make up for with high protein consumption on the Paleo lifestyle. If you’re looking to building lean muscle, then the Paleo diet paired with regular CrossFit workouts are your go-to regime.
Keto is a bit more complex than its Paleo counterpart. The Keto diet is all about ratios - high fat, protein, and zero carb intake. The goal with this lifestyle change is to induce your body to enter ketosis, a metabolic state where your body is in overdrive converting sugars in your body into energy. Eventually, with limited carb consumption, your body will be forced to breakdown ketones, the byproducts of fat, getting you into top shape faster. The hard part is that you can only enter ketosis when your body is essentially starved of glucose (sugar).
With either option, the benefits are clear - higher fat burn and increased metabolism. Whether you’re looking to become a CrossFit warrior or wanting to leave a healthier life, the Paleo and Keto diets can help you achieve your fitness goals. If you’re looking to build a consistent workout schedule and bring some CrossFit workouts into your home, check out our CrossFit starter kits here.