With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is the official start of the holiday season. That’s typically a happy thought, but if you’re “dieting”, it can be cause for anxiety.
How do you track Aunt Jenna’s secret-recipe stuffing.
How are going to tell Grandpa Gene that you can’t fit in a slice of his “famous” pumpkin pie?
Here’s the answer: You don’t.
Unless you have a show or need to make weight for a competition within the week, there’s no need to freak out about staying on track this Thanksgiving. There are far more important things to worry about — what’s on the dessert menu; what time does football start; how many times you are going to get asked why you don’t have a girlfriend; who’s going to get stuck washing the dishes?
In fact, there are real benefits to taking the day off.
For one, it’s an opportunity for you to gather important physical data about yourself — data that could help us as your coaches determine the best strategies that should be implemented for you moving forward. Things to pay attention to after your Thanksgiving ‘overfeeding’:
- Did your sleep quality increase that night?
- How were your hunger levels the day after?
- Did you observe any changes in bodyweight on Friday into the next week?
- How’d your workouts feel from Friday and into the weekend?
- How was your recovery from workouts from Friday and into the weekend?
- Did you find that you were hungrier on Friday?
Second, it’s an opportunity to learn about your mindset. After all the turkey and stuffing and pie has been eaten, ask yourself how you felt during the process. Did you enjoy it physically or was it more social or emotional?
Most importantly, it’s good to learn what one untracked day does to your progress.
So, have your indulgent Thanksgiving and see where you are on your next check-in. Chances are, if you’re back on track the day after, you haven’t gone backwards.
In fact, there’s a good chance you still progressed towards your goals.
Once you see this for yourself, the anxiety of untracked meals from Christmas, date night, girls night out, and whatever else will dissipate. You’ll be better equipped to enjoy food-centered events even though they might be hard to track or might not fit your macros. This is called balance.
Balance is the foundation of any sustainable and effective nutritional program.
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