This CrossFit Games Contender Eats Up to 500 Grams of Carbs a Day

Noah Ohlsen’s diet and training keep improving as he eyes the top of the podium

This year, Noah Ohlsen hopes to change his luck. In 2014, he won his Regional but only took 8th at the CrossFit Games a few months later — a pair of outcomes that he repeated exactly in 2015. The following year, he finished number one in the world in the Open, the first qualifier for the Games, but ended his season in 15th. With a new training regimen and an improved diet, Ohlsen thinks he can stand atop the podium.

Part of Ohlsen’s strategy is to avoid burnout. “In years past, I’ve gone overboard and trained so much because it feels good, and you feel like you’re doing a lot,” he says. This year, he’s decided not to take more rest days, but to take better ones: “On a rest day in the past, I would go to the beach and play football, and I wasn’t actually resting.” Now, he’ll stretch occasionally — but he’ll mostly lounge by the pool all day.

Nutrition is another key part of Ohlsen’s victory plan. In 2010, when Noah started CrossFit, he weighed 155 pounds, and, to put on mass, his coach encouraged him to drink a gallon of milk a day, which he did for a few weeks.Today, his diet is a little more regimented. Perfect Fuel plans his meals, which include a special Noah Ohlsen Loaded Quinoa Burger (825 calories, 61g protein, 29g fat, 81g carbs), and he has specific targets for his macronutrients: 100 grams of fat, 200 grams of protein, and between 400 and 500 grams of carbohydrates. Over the course of the day, between his three meals, snacks, carb and protein powders, he eats about 4,000 calories.

Seven years since he started CrossFit, he’s gained 40 pounds and more than doubled the one-rep maxes for his Olympic lifts. This week, he hopes to snatch more than 300 pounds, a monumental feat — and maybe enough to get him on the podium.

Read the full article here: http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/crossfit-games-diet-carbs 

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