If you’re determined to to do additional work rather than just eat broccoli instead of rice then do it on the same day as you lift and don’t go all out every time. The thing about Crossfit is it basically promotes the idea that you should train in the upper intensity regions every single session, eventually leading to a never-ending cycle of medium workouts.
I’m surprised anyone would suggest dieting though. Personally I’m not sure someone weighing 160 @ 5’7" (and a novice lifter at that) should be trying to drop weight… I’m also 5’7", weigh 190, and 35 years old, and don’t really do any conditioning work at all. And I’m not fat. In fact, I look leaner at 190 than I did at 173, which was only 6 months ago. Muscle can go a long way to making you look leaner, and it also comes in handy when lifting heavy shit. I think you could more productively spend your time and energy squatting and pressing, and chances are it’ll make you leaner as a side effect.
Lift, watch what and when you eat (try and keep the vast majority of your carb intake around workout time), sleep well, train your abs every session, do your mobility work. You might have to buy new trousers though - I couldn’t get a 32" waist past my knees.
Agreed but the point is that ‘most’ people can’t stand to not be lean and have some fat on them. Different mind sets. I’d rather be a poddgy and lift a f0ckton of weight
Coming off the creatine I’m already leaning out! It’s only been about 10 days.
Dieting imo would mean to cut the crap and tidy it up and to limit carbs on non training days. Yes it’ll be harder to train but you can manage but you do raise a very good point, 160lbs at 5’7 isn’t all that big, but I bet he is carrying some fat and wants to get rid of it. I’d roll with your strategy and just train through it, get more muscular and tidy the eating and you’ll lean down over time.