Monday, May 13

Layne Norton is a bodybuilder and bodybuilding coach, powerlifter and coach, and has a PhD in nutritional sciences. Basically, his life and work revolve around eating for performance and appearance. He knows his stuff and everything is backed by research.

This recent video from Layne discusses the theory of “starvation mode” that says if you are not eating enough you body will store fat. But is that really true?

He dives into what happens as you reduce calories to try to lose weight and how your body adjusts to getting less energy. Is there such a thing as starvation mode? Does your body make adaptations based on how much food you are getting? Watch the video to find out! It’s only 4 minutes and is well worth it.

Just in case you didn’t watch I’ll explain briefly. Your body does not store fat just because you cut calories. Your body is always seeking energy balance, so less food in means your body will shed weight and slow metabolism. But if you are cutting calories drastically and your body adapts to that, then you have a cheat meal you throw the whole process out of whack. You body then sees an excess of energy and will begin to store fat.

So what does all that mean? It’s all about consistency. If you want to lose weight/fat, you need to be consistent with your reduced caloric intake for a while. So even if you have foods that aren’t on your plan, you should try to stay within your calories for the day.

Hopefully the video makes sense, but please let us know if you have questions!

Workout for Monday, May 13
Back Squat
3X3 @ 70% to 80%
2X2 @ 80% to 85%

15 min Clock
Buy in With 800m Run, then AMRAP of:
5 Strict Pull Ups
5 Push Ups
15 Wall Balls (20# to 10' / 14# to 9')

CrossFit 616