Thanksgiving or Gainsgiving?
How to prepare for your thanksgiving day feast!
Okay my fit friends its that time of year when we are challenged once again by all that food! We don’t want to gain too much fat on this holiday season or feel like crap for that matter. I put together a quick list of a few things you can do to keep your metabolism boosted, and you looking and feeling good after.
The first thing I recommend everyone to do is when you wake up first thing you do is some cardio. This does not mean you have to go to the gym and hop on the cardio equipment there, because most gyms will be closed. If you have cardio equipment and home or your gym is open thats great get started with your cardio! If you do not have cardio equipment at home or your gym is closed, well im sorry to tell ya but your not off that easy! Go outside and do a 10-30 min walk when you wake up. This early morning cardio will stoke your metabolism for a little, you will burn some calories, and this will also get you in a good mindset for the day. You just woke up and you already have a win for the day, how awesome is that!? It does not stop here with just a little cardio no there is more my friends!
My second recommendation is to give you a bigger calorie allowance for dinner. So there is a whole day ahead of eating right? We don’t want to miss out on anything at thanksgiving dinner, so lets make sure you can enjoy yourself a little. We are going to start off by cutting out our carbs for all of are meals for the day. This will give us some space for them in our turkey day dinner. So your meals should be only protein and veggies with a little fat leading up to your big meal with family and friends. Also be sure to keep these meals smaller, if your getting hungry the have a big salad! The veggies will help keep you feeling full for most of the day.
My final recommendation is to take it slow! What I’m say is take your time eating, don’t sit there and shovel the food down like someone is going to steal the dish from you! I know this may be hard to do for some of you but once the food is on your plate its not going anywhere. When you eat so fast you don’t give your stomach enough time to tell your brain you are full. Thats why after dinner our bellies are all pushed out and are uncomfortable feeling like shit. Take your time chew your food well to help digestion and enjoy the flavor. You will thank me later because now you are less likely to over eat, and less likely to feel like crap the rest of the day!
About 1-2 hours after your dinner go get a workout, maybe get the family in on it! I know I know…. “but my gym is closed” well I got news for you. You don’t need a gym to get a workout in, hell you don’t even need any equipment. I give you a sample no equipment workout and and the family can do after dinner. If you don’t like it than go for another walk or play some foot ball.
No Equipment workout:
Push ups, 3 sets of 10-20 reps
Swiss Twist, 3 sets of 20-30 reps
Supermans, 3 sets of 20-30 reps
Air squats or jump squats, 3 sets of 15-20 reps
Walking lunges, 3 sets of 15-30 steps
Planks, 3 sets and go for max time
Try to make it through 4 sets of this workout and call me in the morning! Happy thanksgiving!!