Two of the hottest approaches in the fitness industry right now are the LeanGains diet program along with the Crossfit approach to exercise. This article will teach you how to combine both.

When done right, both are highly effective at either adding more lean muscle mass to your frame, or decreasing the amount of body fat that you possess.

Regardless of your goal, both can help you achieve much success. That said, you do need to know how to combine these two effectively.

Let's take a look at some points for you to consider so that you can approach this correctly.

Choose High Carb Foods Around Your Crossfit Sessions

The very first thing that you'll want to be sure that you do as you combine LeanGains eating with Crossfit workouts is to make sure that you place your higher carb foods around your crossfit sessions.

Because of the way that the LeanGains diet is structured, your body is going to be especially sensitive to taking up any glucose that you feed it immediately after the workout, which is commonly referred to as your degree of insulin sensitivity.

As such, maximize this potential to add more lean muscle mass. Flood your body with carbs immediately following a workout and you will be on your way to seeing faster results.

Get Your BCAA's Before Each Crossfit Workout

Next, most people will choose to place their Crossfit workouts at the tail end of their fasting period.

In order to prevent lean muscle mass loss while doing so, you'll want to eat about 10 grams of BCAA's beforehand. This protein won't really take you out of the fast, but it will dramatically enhance your ability to perform the workout as well as recover afterwards.

It's a must if you want to see success. Do this about 15 minutes before the workout is to begin and then immediately follow that workout with the post-workout meal.

Add A Surplus On CrossFit Days

Finally, the last thing that you need to know as you combine the LeanGains diet approach with the Crossfit style of workouts is that you should be always adding a surplus of calories on the Crossfit days.

These are the days when your body will be most primed to build lean muscle mass, so make sure that you take advantage of that. Add an additional 20-50% more calories than you normally eat on your non-workout days and you'll be all set.

So there you have the main points to keep in mind about combinging LeanGains with Crossfit. Done right, you will see some fantastic results.

About the author: Shannon is a fitness trainer and freelance writer who has written for


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