Every year this dreaded statistic rears its ugly head
"Approxiamtely American gain 8-10 pounds over the 3 month holiday season"
Maybe that is true, maybe it isn't. However, we've all heard something to the effect yet in the past three years I have not gained a single pound between November and January.
I am going to share with you a little trick that I use to navigate holiday parties and big family gatherings. I spoke about this on Facebook Live for Thanksgiving but it applies for any holiday or big event that involves food.
Proper Planning and Carb Cycling.
Carb cycling is a little trick that I picked up during my competition years. It is a way of manipulating your carbohydrate intake within one week. You maniplulated your meals by reducing your carbohydrates but increasing your proteins and fats. The key is for the few carbs consumed to come from vegetables, small amounts of fruits and even smaller amounts of carbs.
Here is how I use Carb Cycling for Holiday meals. I break the week up into High, Medium, and Low carb days and make sure the Holiday Meal falls on a High carb day.
Wait, before you roll your eyes and say "this is too complicated" allow me to break it down in a very basic way. Let's get back to the basics and work from there.
Assume you have three meals a day. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
On a High Carb day you have a carb or starch during every meal
On a Med Carb day you have a carb or starch during 2 meals
On a Low Carb day you have a carb or starch during 1 meal.
Do this the week leading up to your holiday meal and then the day of the Holiday eat as you normally would, assuming that you combine Lunch and Dinner on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Eliminating your carbohydrates doesn't have to mean lowering your caloric intake. Make sure that you replace your missing carbs with good fats and lean protein in order to stay satiated.
A little proper planning can go a long way.
Oh, and don't forget a good workout session on Friday.