So ever since I got the Rogue W4 installed in my garage, I have been maintaining a very steady workout routine. Thanks to the online programming of Rudy Nielsen, I haven’t had to put my Level 1 Crossfit certification to use and write out my own programming. As I have been discussing on my podcast, I have been following the diet of Carb Backloading. While CBL sounds too good to be true, I have to say, it actually works.
To see my actual training log, you can read my previous posts.
Just prior to starting Carb Backloading, I had my body fat measured at Fitness Wave. The two results on the left are from before Addie was born. It was a 60 day paleo challenge that Crossfit Santa Clara did. You can see that I lost more fat during those 2 months, but it was also twice the length of time. In just one month on CBL, I lost 4.23 pounds of fat. I should say that I ate my usual paleo foods outside of the heavy carb backloading portion of the day(night). I’m still 100% a believer in the paleo diet(that is Grain, Dairy, and Legume free) for people looking to lose weight and the metabolically deranged. But I do think athletes looking to tweak a few things can (self-)experiment for performance reasons from time to time.
Aeron the owner of Fitness Wave said that the body can healthily sustain itself with 20 pounds of fat. So that leaves me with 9.675 left to lose, which should provide me with optimum performance.
Taking a look at muscle gains:
This is probably my favorite chart. Even with the entire downtime of training between Addie being born and getting the garage gym setup, I was able to continue to put on lean mass (muscle). Specifically around my recent progress, I gained 2.23 pounds of muscle in the 30 days of Outlaw/CBL.
So what does this mean on a percentage basis?
So now you can see the yo-yo that I have lived thru. This feels so relevant right now, with another baby just weeks away. Luckily I have the garage gym already, so I shouldn’t have to go without training like I did when Addie was born. So my BF% is near the lowest it’s ever been measured, although I would guess it was lower during portions of my college years. But without a doubt I am stronger than I ever have been before, and have the muscle mass to show for it.
Do you have any thoughts or questions about Carb Backloading and/or following the protocol with the paleo diet? Feel free to ask away and I’ll do my best to answer.