Nutrition, like sleep, is highly dependent on the person; but a good place to start is CrossFit’s food recommendation, “base your diet on garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no sugar.” That’s about as simple as you can get. Many have observed that keeping your grocery shopping to the perimeter of the grocery store and avoiding the middle aisles is a great way to protect your health. Food should be perishable. Anything with a long shelf life should be suspect. If you follow these simple guidelines you will benefit from nearly all that can be achieved through nutrition. i
Intermediate and advanced level athletes should, however, consider incorporating the use of a weightlifting belt. These individuals typically have much better mechanics, have developed greater strength, and have learned to tap deeper into their central nervous system to move heavier loads. These individuals are also more likely to push the envelope on when to stop due to loss of proper lifting mechanics. Simply put, these guys and gals normally test their limits much more frequently. For them, a lifting belt provides tactile feedback and a little bit of extra support in case a lift goes wrong.