The holiday season can either be one of the most beneficial or most detrimental times of year, depending on your fitness goals. If you’re doing a dirty bulk, stop reading and wait calmly for Thursday. If your path involves lean gains, maintenance and weight loss, these tips might help you cruise into the new year without looking for a new you.
It’s not all about temptation
Sure, a lot of holiday foods look amazing, and delicious, but before you fill your plate, stop and think about the foods that you experience year round. Eliminate those from your servings and focus on the yummy holiday stuff. It may not be the best plan of action but you’ll definitely duck a few calories in the process.
No room for space savers
Don’t avoid other meals throughout the day just to save room for the main event. Keep your meal plan consistent. Chances are you won’t overindulge when the good stuff makes an appearance.
Macros Macros Macros
Protein, fat, carbs, turkey, gravy, mac and cheese. See how easy it is to eye your food groups? Try having a higher protein to carb ratio than usual to compensate for the desserts that you’re sure to take down.
Schedule your playtime
Take some time and call your regular fitness facilities for holiday scheduling. Getting caught off guard by holiday gym schedules is a good way to depressingly slink back to your refrigerator for some leftovers. Even 24-hour gyms will close…until midnight! Stay prepared!
And the alcohol
I won’t say to avoid it completely (though I should) but make smart alcohol decisions. Avoid the sweet stuff. Mix with diet soda and take shots instead. It’s a hurt, not a help, but having a little fun won’t kill you. Just your gains.