Congratulations to this year’s participants in the Nutrition Challenge. This year our two month challenge had two categories: Body Composition and Performance. Both groups had to successfully participate in a Whole 30 Program, post all food logs daily, and get dunked in a hydrostatic water tank at the beginning of the challenge as well as the end. The Performance side was also going to be judged on how they performed in certain strength and metabolic conditioning workouts.
We were so pleased with how our Facebook group kept people accountable but also gave everyone a support group of people who knew exactly what it felt like to be on Day 5, Day 15, and Day (gasp!) 30. They relied on each other for meal ideas, ways to hack paleo while traveling, and for exchanging notes on re-introduction of foods. We’re so very proud of all of you and happy everyone walked away learning a lot about nutrition, their emotional relationship with food, and the power they can have over what they choose to eat.
Without further ado, here are the winners of the 2014 Nutrition Challenge:
1st Place: Kelly O’Brien lost 5.65 lbs of fat, gained 4.85 lbs of muscle, and had a total 6.9% shift in composition! It should be noted that she lost 3.7% body fat, but “only” 0.8 lbs if she were to just weigh herself. Another big reason why you should throw their scales away unless you compete in weight classes in a sport.
2nd Place: James Sutandyo lost 9 lbs of fat, gained 2.05 lbs of muscle, and had a total 6.2% shift in composition.
3rd Place: Rocky Barbaro lost 11.15 lbs of fat, gained 0.15 lbs of muscle, and had a total of 4.9% shift in composition.
1. Ashley Baker (the only participant in this category, but nonetheless, would have placed in the Body Comp side with a 5.4% shift in composition)
The Body Composition competition was based on how much fat was lost as well as muscle gained and used the below formula. For the Body Composition participants, the before/after workouts were really just for your own information. While it would have been ideal to include that as part of the scoring, the difficulty in adjusting for scaling was just too much.
(pounds of fat lost) + (pounds lean muscle gained) / Original body weight = % Total Shift
Our goal for you all is to find a balance of wellness and not just appease the scale genie. So, those who lost fat but also lost muscle were penalized slightly.
Prizes will be announced next week. A small portion of the prize money will be saved for a side challenge. At next year’s January dunk, any 2014 participant who has the greatest body composition shift from the March dunk will win. Since the whole point of this challenge is to improve your overall lifestyle, we feel this would be a fair expectation!
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