I used to do a lot of running and followed an all vegan diet. This made me quite slim. I always avoided added sugars, but ate fruit and natural sugars in high amounts.
Over the summer I started crossfit and entered a paleo challenge. I cut out most of my cardio, just doing some hikes and walks. I did crossfit 3-4 times a week and followed the diet very closely. At first I was having too much fruit and nuts, but after about 4-6 weeks I got into a really great groove. My body fat fell down to about 17%, and I was looking and feeling great.
About 7 weeks into my challenge I fell off the wagon completely. I stopped going to crossfit regularly, and started eating every thing in sight. This was followed by the stomach flu, tonsil infection, etc.
It's been about 5 weeks since I have been going to crossfit again and following a paleo diet. At first it was hard to not eat too many nuts, and I was also having a lot of whey powder. Since then I've cut out the nuts and whey powder. Here is a typical day of eating for me:
Breakfast 2 hardboiled eggs 2 strips bacon
Lunch Ground beef broccoli grape tomatos
Snack chicken kale chips apple
dinner steak veggies
I also have quite a bit of coffee/tea with unsweetende almond milk throughout the day.
I have 2 problems: 1. Once or twice a week I find myself craving fruit and I eat about 5 or more servings at once. How can I stop doing this? 2. I'm not seeing the results that I want, or that I expected after my summer challenge. How can I lean out more quickly? My intuition tells me to increase my cardio, but I know this is a common misconception. If so, how come I was so much leaner when I was running?
I mostly need help with the amount/type of cardio I should be doing on days when I'm off crossfit. Please help, thanks!