Here are some simple steps to survive Thanksgiving without getting fat and packing on the pounds.
Have a strategy - Using this simple plan of attack, you can eat and enjoy yourself on Thanksgiving.
You know the actual big meal that you have planned with your family is where you will consume the most calories out of the day. So make it ok.
Turn the big Thanksgiving meal into an epic carb refeed / cheat meal that actually puts you into an anabolic, muscle building, fat burning state.
When you sit down for the big meal, you want to be in a carb and calorie deficit.
The day before Thanksgiving:
Keep the calories and carbs low all day.
Do a high intensity workout and after you eat your post workout meal, keep the carbs low.
Don't eat a lot before the big meal. Save yourself for the big meal.
Keep the carbs and fats super low and the protein high with anything you eat before the big meal.
Avoid processed foods and junk food / sugary snacks before the big meal.
Drink lots of water.
Try to do a quick workout / take a walk before the big meal.
Avoid snacking - wait for it!
Big meal time:
Hit the lean protein and veggies first - make this the biggest part of the meal
Keep the fat low - high carbs means low fat - never eat big fats and big carbs together - so easy on the fats so you can enjoy your carbs.
Hit the starchy carbs next
Finish with the good stuff - desserts and everything else.
Have a great time and enjoy yourself!
Day after Thanksgiving:
High protein / medium fats / low carb- all day
Try to get a workout or a walk in.
If you can follow this simple plan, you will minimize the damage and stay in a fat burning, muscle building state.
Be thankful and have a great week.
If you want to see a more detailed version of this plan, check out Feast Your Fat Away