Okay, but seriously. I'm 6'1" 22 year-old male who just started CrossFit a month ago. I was relatively lean upon starting, probably between 13-11%, I don't really know. I used the Tanita machine at my schools gym and it said 13.5, but those are pretty prone to error. With proper lighting I could see some abs, but also tons of rib-cage action. My parents and everyone else thought I was emaciated. This was mostly due to the fact that I was VLC and ate about 1200-1700 calories a day. I really do not know why I did this to my body. I started CrossFit weighing about 170.
The first week and half of CrossFit training, I was still VLC, but eating loads of protein and fat. I never really counted calories, but some days I would probably top 4000. My box does a lot of O-lifts, in addition to WODs. My coach told me that I was too skinny and I needed to put on muscle and get stronger. Ok, fair enough. So, I asked him what to do and he said add in some starch. I go to the grocery store and buy a lot of sweet potatoes and Name root and try to eatthem around my workouts. I try not consume more than 200g of carbohydrate per day.
Anyways, a month later, on February 27th, I weighed 191 pounds. I can't see my ribs and I'm not quite as lean as I was before, but I'm really not complaining because I'm quite a bit bigger. I'm a lot stronger as well. However, the Tanita scale at my gym reads closer to 18% when I put it on regular and (given that I train 6 days a week) when I put it on athlete, it is between 12-13%. So what the hell? I really hate that machine and this stuff kinda messes with my head and I guess I'm just looking for some pointers on what to do next. One indicator is that my pants are a little tighter. My coach has not given me clear instructions about where to go and I love this site, so I figured I could ask my question and figure out what's up.
Has anyone lost a bit of their leanness from reintroducing carbohydrates? If I want to lean out what should I cut first, sweet potatoes or calories? I kind of think it might be time to try to get lean. At the same time, I do not want my performance to suck in the gym. Any tips from anyone about any of these concerns would be helpful.
Also, I'm late for class and wrote this in a hurry, so please forgive me for any typos or grammar error.