The Holiday Grind: How to stay in shape when everyone is bent on making you fat:Part I

Posted: December 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

Did you know the average American gains 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years? That’s 10 pounds easily gained and not easily lost, people! Do you really want to throw out all the hard work and progress you’ve made all spring, summer and fall on some sugary, fatty, artery clogging foods that gunk up your system? I don’t think so! Your body is worth more than that and so is your discipline and hard work.
So here is my prescription for staying lean this holiday season, and no, it doesn’t involve deprivation. Everyone deserves to enjoy holiday favorites, but there’s no reason to go overboard. Americans tend to run themselves ragged and then pig out…it’s not necessary! It’s all about moderation.
Here’s a list if things you DON’T need to indulge in during this season:

1.) The box of store bought cookies, donuts, breads, candy or whatever else that’s lying around the office. It’s not even that good, so don’t waste your time or calories.
2.) The girl scout cookies, school fundraiser candy or whatever else you co-workers are pitching to have you buy so that their kid’s class can go on a trip. Don’t eat that crap, and don’t be stingy either! Give a donation and leave the candy to your less disciplined, sugar addicted friends.
3.) Party snacks that carry only empty calories— cocktail events, office parties, happy hour…are those fat-laden hors d’oeuvres really worth your 6 pack? I’ll answer for you: no, they aren’t.
4.) While we’re on the subject of cocktails, don’t use the season to become a lush! One drink at an event is fine, max twice a week. Alcohol is a great way to get that sexy beer gut back. I’m sure your wife/gf/ body building trainer will love that.
4.) Seconds of thirds of holiday meals, especially if they aren’t that delicious. You’re just being gluttonous, dude. Cut it out.
5.)  Leftovers…like 5 days after the fact. Enjoying a holiday is great, and maybe even the next day is ok, but after that you’re just setting yourself up for disaster.
6.) And keep alert of all that food-media you’re taking it. You know, the advertisements that are shoved down our throats all the time, even more so during the holiday season? They’re bad for you. They make you subconsciously crave food that will ruin you. Don’t fall for it. If you find yourself in front of the tube or your laptop and then all of sudden you’re reaching for a candy bar, WAKE UP. Drop the candy bar (or soda, or chips) and then go flex in the mirror. Depending upon what you see, ask yourself: “Do I really want to mess up these guns?” OR “Do I really wanna add to the unattractive flab that’s hanging out all over my (insert here: midsection, ass, pecs, flanks, legs)”? Guess what? YOU DON’T. Drop the candy bar and have a protein shake, a glass of water or nothing at all. You’ll thank yourself.

Here’s a list of things that you CAN if you CHOOSE to indulge in during the season:

1.) The holiday meal the day of, with only seconds of what you really like. That’s it. No more, no less. Go ahead, eat your favorite “mom’s homemade stuffing.” That’s ok. And then have some more. And then make sure YOU WORK IT OFF THAT WEEK, preferably the day afterwards.
2.) Once in a while (like twice a month), if a co-worker brings in something homemade and absolutely scrumptious, you can try it. Or half of it. If it’s a huge cookie, eat half.  Store bought crap doesn’t count. It’s all about balance.

Stay tuned for part two of The Holiday Grind, and check out this article from Men’s Fitness!

  1. Natalie says:

    also on the subject of drinks…i remember tommy requested vodka + diet coke to be a nice light option if one absolutely MUST get their drink on 😉

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