The Holiday season is here, and that can make it really tough to stick to your diet. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying some good holiday meals and treats, but it helps to have a plan so you don’t go overboard and ruin all the hard work you’re putting in at your workouts. A few helpful holiday eating tips can come in handy and make it easier to enjoy the holidays without going overboard.
I typically try to stay in shape year-round, but I try to do it without being on a contest-like diet that requires being strict all the time. I prefer to eat healthy meals with moderate and balanced protein, carbs, and fats most of the time so I have room for a few fun meals during the week.
Not being on a 100% strict diet isn’t only easier to follow and enjoy, it also allows me to train harder with more energy. If you’re likely to indulge a bit more than normal through Thanksgiving and Christmas (and who isn’t?), make sure to stay on top of your training and add a few sessions of cardio to keep things in balance if needed. You don’t want those extra calories to do too much damage to all your hard work.
The photo in this post shows a sample of a typical meal for me. This one is seared tuna on top of a bowl of fruity salad. I eat meals similar to this at least three to four meals out of five, giving me a little leeway for a meal or two. If I do eat a “bad” meal or two, I’ll usually do an extra session of cardio that week just to stay close to my off-season weight of 135-140 pounds.
Remember to enjoy the holidays with your loved ones, but make sure to stay on top of your training by following some basic holiday eating tips so you’re not stuck with extra work after the holidays. Enjoy, but don’t stop working hard toward your goals.
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