Why You Should Eat More And Train Less This Christmas
Around this time of year, the health and fitness media is full of articles about how to “survive” the holidays with your abs and self-respect intact. I do agree that this time is not a two-week-long reason to completely ruin all your hard work and long-term goals. However, it is also not the time to add more stress to your life by calculating how much jogging you’ll need to do in order to work off a portion of delicious, buttery mashed potatoes. Life is just too short.
- Eat at home first.
- Start with the crudités and fill up on carrots and celery.
- Follow the vegetables with plenty of protein, and you’ll be less tempted to eat the sugary desserts.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Before the party, do a workout including some heavy compound lifts or a full-body metcon to prime your muscles to absorb all the upcoming calories.
So, how can you come out of the holiday season fitter, stronger, happier and ready to continue towards your goal of optimal health and performance?
- Decide you’re going to enjoy a certain party or evening, and then don’t think about it.
- Have a lie-in. Have many lie-ins.
- Take a real week off training, and enjoy a good number of calories to fuel recovery.
- Leave your trainers at home and give the kids a piggyback instead.