You’ve worked hard all year to get the desired results you wanted in the gym, so don’t let the holidays sabotage all your well-earned gains. While one or two cheat meals are a healthy thing, thinking you can take a break over the holidays and catch up in January is just wishful thinking. Not to mention the knock your self-confidence and motivation will take, it’s just not worth it. So read on for some healthy ways to enjoy the holidays without blowing your diet.
The average turkey dinner weighs in at an average of 4,500 calories with 229 grams of those coming from fat, but there’s a way you can eat modestly without drawing too much attention to yourself. What you need is a plan of action to help you survive the holiday season.
If you aren’t already familiar with controlling your portions, then now’s a good time to learn. If you’re one of those people who gets invited to everything, you’re going to have to keep track of everything you’re eating (and drinking!) If you’ve been counting your macronutrients with your healthy meal plan, you’ll know to divide your meals into proteins, carbs and fats. So, apply this theory to your party eats and stick to a 40-30-30 breakdown on your plate with protein being the star.
Don’t Go Hungry
Try sticking to your meal plan as much as possible, even if you have a get-together scheduled that day. Stick to the 80/20% rule and eat healthy the majority of the time. That includes eating a healthy breakfast and packing your meals for the road. If you arrive at the party hungry, there’s no way you’re going to stick to your healthy options. Eat a light meal before you go and you’ll be less likely to overindulge.
Keep It Clean And Lean
There’s going to be office parties and get-togethers, family gatherings and dinners, and other surprises along the way, so make a list of all your clean and lean options, and stick to them. Here are some ideas:
Appetizers – veggies, fruit, lean deli meats, chicken skewers
Drinks – dry white wine spritzer, vodka and sparkling water
Dinner – white meat only, green veggies, carrots or corn for carbs
Only if It’s A 10
Everyone has their favorite festive sweets and desserts, so make a list of your top three and help yourself to a mini-serving of each to keep your hosts and your cravings happy. If it ain’t a 10, don’t waste your daily allowance of calories on it!
Hold The Gravy
Keeping it clean, unfortunately, means avoiding a lot of the trimmings like gravy, sauces and dressings. While this might be a tough one for a lot of you, just remember you’ll save big time if you stay away from the gravy, and that means more room for healthy eats.
Cook Your Own
Depending on your arrangement during the holidays, if there’s an opportunity to bring some healthy options to the party, then seize your moment! Your host will be thrilled of the extra help and you’ll have more healthy options to choose from. It’s a win-win situation.
30 Minute Workouts
Just because it’s the holidays and you have a hundred million things to do, doesn’t mean you can slack off from the gym. So supercharge your workouts and make them more efficient. Try adding supersets and trisets to speed things up. Not only will it give you an extra pump, but it will increase your fat burn. Stacking your weight lifting sets and powering through your workout is a great way to save time and shock your system into burning more calories. That means one more bite of Grandma’s plum pudding!
Keep It Physical
Another great way to keep active during the festivities is to get the family involved in some physical exercise. Go for a walk, throw some ball in the yard, go tobogganing or put on some music and get up and dance. You know what your family likes, so get everybody moving and liven things up.
As long as you make a promise to eat healthy 80% of the time, you should be able to enjoy the festivities and still stay within your macros. You don’t have to eat everything that’s on offer, so stick to your action plan and work the other meals into your healthy eating plan to help you stay on track this holiday season.
Sport Your Lifestyle
The Fitmark Team