The moment the Paleo Challenge was over, some of you had a balls-to-the-wall cheat weekend. The aftermath didn't feel too good, did it? Those types of cheats takes days for your body to recover. Remember: Paleo is a LIFESTYLE, not a quick-fix to lose a few pounds. This way of eating, because it's an anti-inflammatory diet, actually staves off disease. So, don't fall back into your old habits. If you are "bored" with Paleo, you aren't trying hard enough. Whole foods and spices are delicious and there are tons of recipe resources out there.
For those of you who need a little extra motivation to continue on this path, read below. This information was originally posted on CrossFit One World's site (www.CrossFitOneWorld.com). It's pretty eye-opening.
Below is an MRI of two different body types. The body type on the left, as we face it, is clearly obese. You can see the amount of strain placed on the individuals lower body by the excess mass. In the center of the image is the heart and you can see how the fat that surrounds the heart can make pumping blood to our surrounding organs difficult. On each side of the heart are two angel wing structures who are also burdened by the amount of excess fat. The lungs look cramped in space. You can see just below the lungs, the stomach pushing upward, competing with the diaphragm, making it difficult to exchange oxygen.
The image is taken in the supine position, and if you look at the individuals neck you will see how much pressure is distributed around the trachea, making it difficult to sleep at night.
Think about this, the next time you tell a friend, "you can't wait for this challenge to be over." We are sympathetic to a cheat day, or a cheat vacation. A pizza can sometimes be what is needed to get through a tough day. A couple of beers at a social gathering, or one after a tough work out is perfectly acceptable.
Just be careful not to fall back to the old ways. Before we cheat, ensure you have met your desired goal and continue to fight off temptation. Continue to make strides and the rewards in the end of your journey will be far greater than eating a week's worth of crap.
Workout of the Day:
AMRAP in 20 minutes
15 air squats