Ahhh silly season. Mates. Work Christmas Parties. Barbecues. Christmas. Catch Ups. New Years. Boxing Day. There really is no escaping this joyous time of year and there is plenty going on that could land you smack bang on Santa’s naughty list. It’s not just the drinking that gets ya… it’s the late nights and the plethora of delectable foods that come with all that party making.
Now i’m not hear to tell you to stay at home, hire out a DVD with the miso and eat chicken and broccoli while your friends go out and party. The point I am trying to get across is that it’s a time of year where if you’re smart about your damage control you may not end up in such a bad spot coming out the back end of silly season with a gigantic mountain to climb in terms of dropping any excess body fat.
Don’t Stop Training
One of the biggest mistakes I see are folk making is the whole ‘all or nothing’ mentality. The old ‘Ah f*ck it i’ve got 3 events on this week where I’m going to be blowing the lid off it no point in training now – i’ll wait till next year’ type attitude. If you stop training completely you’re just going to have a much larger hole to dig yourself out of when you decide to jump back on the horse with all the new years resolutioners in 2018. If you are going to be consuming more calories by eating, drinking and being merry then you can counteract this somewhat by expending more calories through training. Keep your ass moving!
When out on the old lash everyone wants to gravitate towards the ‘naughty’ foods which, let’s face it, are mainly high fat and high carb (truffle fries, wedges, pizza, pasta, ice cream, kebabs, dumplings, cheeses, christmas pudding – well you get the picture). You can do yourself a serious service by trying to eat a high protein meal when drinking. Almost everywhere serves delicious chicken, steak or fish dishes. Protein will help to inhibit some of the negative affects that alcohol has on your body composition by helping to spare any lean muscle tissue you have.
Ok. Just to clear things up intermittent fasting is just a fancy way of saying you’re going to restrict you’re eating to a certain time period (the most common eating window being 12:00pm to 8:00pm meaning you would skip breakfast). If you know you’re going out for a big old fashioned blowout in the evening it will help a great deal to restrict how many calories you eat throughout the rest of the day. One way you can do this would be to simply skip breakfast.
Choose Your Drinks Wisely
I’m not going to sit here and tell you not to drink beer or wine because that would be silly but have a think about minimising your total intake. Start off with a couple of beers then it’s time to become ‘that guy’ and move on over to the vodka sodas which are truly far less detrimental in terms of calories. When you start creeping up to the 10+ beer mark you are seriously going to stop any hard work you were doing throughout the week with diet and training. Check out our post on Alcohol and Fat Loss if you want to delve a little bit deeper here.
There you have it ladies and gents. A couple of simple tips you can use right away to make sure your holiday blow outs don’t blow out the waist line too much.
What a time of year it is and I hope you all have a safe and happy holidays from the Lord of The Rig team.