How times have changed.
In the past, when I was asked how one should handle the typical Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, my answer would have been: Try to eat healthy but enjoy yourself.
As I get older and wiser I realize that this was the dumbest idea I ever had. You see, when you are dieting, eating a bit of more flavorful food makes you want to eat even more of it. In most cases this is a recipe for disaster that opens the flood gates – the diet is thrown off for weeks on end.
So the way I see it, there are really only two ways to handle it.
1. You make up your mind and diet through. By that I mean really diet, not the ” I try to eat healthy” wishi washi nonsense. I mean prep your food, eat your food and deal with the comments and deprivation. Just stick your head in the tupper and nibble away. This goes in particular for people who can not stop eating after one cheat meal. If you are that guy, well you know the drill.
2. Eat as you wish but do not regret it! Go in with the mindset that this will be a lost day diet wise and be prepared to reel it back in come Friday.
In the grand scheme of things, one isolated bad meal is a drop in the bucket in terms of your long-term fitness goals. Unless you are competing within six to eight weeks, in which case you can not afford to endanger your diet.
By the same token, one good meal will not make you magically lean or healthy either (sorry to say).
Regardless, the reason why people gain weight during the holiday season is that they basically go off plan consistently, eating and drinking whatever they want straight from Thanksgiving to January 1st. In those six weeks you can easily put on 15 pounds. Again, if you are ok with that then by all means enjoy the cookies and the eggnog – but don’t you dare complain about it.
Regardless, whichever way you decide to go this Thanksgiving, this total-body workout will help you to get back on the horse come Friday. Enjoy the holiday!
The set up would be to pair a compound movement with a smaller one and train in the Charles Poliquin way, where you do one set of A1 and rest 60-90 seconds, then do one set of A2 until you reach the prescribed number of sets – essentially super setting each exercise within each letter grouping.