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 head first 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
If you are like me, the first thing you do when you go to
some else’s Christmas house party is make your way to the kitchen. 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. 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
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
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).
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.
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. 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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