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From the Intrepid Vault: Exercise & Compensation

By admin | In Health & Lifestyle, Nutrition, Psychology | on November 9, 2012

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Perhaps you’ve experienced something similar to the following scenario:

You’re driving home after finishing Cindy and you’re mentally and physically exhausted. You’re starving and your mind wanders to what options are available at home and nothing good comes to mind, or at least nothing worth the prep time. You start thinking, “Hey, I worked my ass off today getting those 16 rounds of Cindy (80 Pullups, 160 Pushups, 240 Squats) and dammit I deserve to eat what I want!” To reward yourself, and stop at the pizza place on the way home for the all-you-can-eat buffet or you order the Large and before you know it you’ve nearly devoured an entire pie by yourself.

I’m as guilty as the next person as I’ve been known to do this on rare occasion (remember Fresh Brothers after NLP?). But seriously, something is wrong if this is your routine after a tough workout. I recently read an article on Time.com that, besides convincing me that the author needs to find her closest CF box and start ASAP, actually touched on an interesting topic known as compensation. Compensation usually takes the form of reckless or binge eating and/or extreme lethargy following a workout. Whether the hunger stems from the physical activity, a willingness to want to reward oneself for hard work, or a combination of variables, the fact remains that it’s one of the main ways you can sabotage your performance and results (especially if the goal is weight loss).

Nutrition is the basis of everything we do and if you’re having a difficult time dialing it in, all other areas may be suffering, and you may not even realize it! If you’ve read any of our nutrition related posts before you know the advice of Intrepid’s coaching staff is to go Paleo and never look back. On a personal note, I’ve found that it really has helped with the issue of compensation following workouts. My cravings have shifted from away from pizza and more towards meat. Couple that with a sweet potato post workout and you’ve managed to eat an excellent post workout meal that should satisfy your hunger pangs and not throw you off the deep-end offsetting any progress you made that day. Whole9life.com has some excellent nutritional information, recipes, and tips for improving your diet. Check it out and please don’t go running to BJ’s after today’s WOD.


WOD 11.09.12

Press 3×5/Wendler
Back Squat 3×5/Wendler
Pullup 2-2-2

One Comment to "From the Intrepid Vault: Exercise & Compensation"

  • Michael H says:

    November 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM -

    I’ll have the Mike K special @ Saigon Dish :)

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