Today I’m going to share with you a few of my real world fat loss tips to prevent you from gaining those extra holiday pounds this Thanksgiving.
Can you believe it’s already Thanksgiving?
Turkey Day is one of my favorite holidays because I absolutely love the feast, but I also have a lot of old friends who come into town that I get to see.
The downside of Thanksgiving are all the extra pounds American’s pack on from feasting on everything from stuffing to sweet potatoes to that delicious pumpkin pie.
But you don’t have to gain weight from it…
The average American consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving day alone, but if you play your cards right you can seriously prevent the “Holiday Gain” while still being able to enjoy the feast.
Here are my Top 3 strategies to stay lean this Thanksgiving:
1. Intermittent Fasting (IF)
IF is one of my favorite little tricks to keep the pounds from packing on when I know I’m going to be eating a bunch of calories in one day.
Here’s a quick breakdown of how to do it:
– Eat your last meal around 8 the night before
– Then don’t eat until noon the next day
– You can drink water, coffee, Athletic Greens + BCAA’s to fight off the hunger pains
– After the 16 hours is up have a meal but since we’ll be eating a huge meal for dinner don’t go crazy for lunch
– If you’re having a hard time dealing with the hunger pains then just have a protein shake
I’d also recommend doing another IF the day AFTER Thanksgiving to help burn off all the food you ate.
IF works so well because it strategically manipulates your fat burning hormones in addition to cutting out calories.
2. Eat Clean the Rest of the Week
No no no! When I say you have to eat clean that doesn’t mean you spend the whole week washing your food.
Ok ok bad joke but I had to…
So the days leading up to and following Thanksgiving are going to be critical to eating clean to allow room for the feast to come.
When I’m eating clean the best way to stay on track is to be prepared with quick meals.
I’ve found even having the thought that I KNOW I’ll be eating a big Thanksgiving dinner in a few days helps to keep me on track.
If you’re eating bad the rest of the week it’s like throwing more trash into the garbage and once Thanksgiving hits you throw a ton more trash on it to the point it’s overflowing.
This is why it’s critical to stay on track the rest of the week.
3. Workout on Thanksgiving + Black Friday
Getting a workout in the day of and after Thanksgiving will help to crank up your metabolism so you can fight off those extra pounds that are just hoping to take up a new chunk on your belly.
The day of Thanksgiving I’d recommend doing a workout that’s really calorically demanding such as Metabolic Resistance Training.
Try using heavier weights the day after Thanksgiving because you should have more glycogen to use after eating all those calories the day before.
If you’re following the IF dieting tip I gave earlier try to time your workout so it ends at noon. So when you break your fast at noon with a meal it’ll work to your advantage.
Thanksgiving only comes once a year and honestly you should be able to enjoy the day without counting calories and eating a tofu turkey.
Just strategically plan around your Thanksgiving feast to promote fat loss so when the time comes you can enjoy yourself guilt-free.
I hope you have a great day with your family and friends this holiday and be sure to save some pumpkin pie for me 😉