HOW TO SURVIVE THE HOLIDAYS: PART 1
Christmas is less than a week away. And if you haven’t already been attacked by the onset of candy treats and Christmas deserts, you will be. Most of us will be attending some sort of Christmas party this upcoming weekend. So, how do you survive the onslaught of unhealthy eating options? Do you act like a party pooper and politely refuse the food gifts or your loved ones? Do you say who cares and jump headfirst into the cake plate? The answer lies somewhere in-between. With a proper eating plan, you can survive and even use this upcoming holiday eating extravaganza to your advantage.
Go for the Protein First
If you are like me, the first thing you do when you go to some else’s Christmas house party is making your way to the kitchen. Firstly, I head there first to take an inventory of the food options, and to plan on what to eat once the eating signal is sent out. Secondly, I always look for the protein options and then plan the rest of my eating around them. There is usually going to be some sort of chicken or ham. Go for that first. If you fill your plate up with protein you are less likely to eat too much candy and deserts later.
Only go Back for Seconds
However, don’t be one of those people that abandons all hope of staying lean after they eat one unhealthy piece of food. Don’t throw the towel in just yet. If you have been training correctly for the past year, one piece of desert or candy isn’t going to stop your gains. In all reality, one piece of cake isn’t going to do anything to you except slightly speed up your metabolism.
Only go back for seconds. Don’t be the guy that hovers around the kitchen all day long filling up his empty plate with reckless abandonment. Ever heard of the saying that too much of a good thing is bad? By only going back for seconds and primarily eating protein, you will not feel the need to eat three or four servings of dessert. You should be fine just eating one or two pieces of normal sized cake or pie.
Plan for the Food Onslaught
Therefore, not planning for the upcoming food onslaught is where most people go wrong. Three of the best things you can do are to work out earlier in the day, fast or don’t eat much before the party, and take a glucose disposal agent like Predator or Carnage (I will include the link at the end of the article).
Furthermore, when you work out prior to the party, you increase the amount of glucose that your body can safely uptake without converting into body fat. The Christmas party can serve as a recovery meal. Also, try to fast or limit the amount of food you eat before the party. By doing so, the Christmas party food can work as a refeed meal.
For instance, probably one of the best things you can do is to take a glucose disposal agent like Predator or Carnage. The ingredients in these products are designed to help your body use carbs more effectively for muscle recovery and growth. Your muscles can store anywhere from 200-500g of glucose or more. The liver usually stores another 100g. When you eat too much sugary food, your body can’t keep up with the high amounts of insulin needed to transport this glucose into your muscles. In addition, Glucose disposal agents help with this process and can prevent your fat cells from sucking up more triglycerides.
The holidays are about spending time with your family and enjoying some great tasting food. If you are like me, in the past you’ve probably eaten too much and the wrong kinds of food. The good news is that this year’s onslaught of food doesn’t have to ruin your physique. By working out and limiting your calorie intake before the party and using a glucose disposal agent, you can save your physique from utter food destruction and make gains that can propel you into greatness in the new year to come.
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