Written by: Michelle G. Thibault
Edited by: Ryan McTeigue
You know the drill. It’s holiday season and attending Christmas parties left and right are to be expected. These social gatherings are of course, centered around food, and mostly holiday foods like cakes, pastries, and processed foods loaded with heaps of fat and sugar. This is where your gains will get hit hard. Eating too much of these ‘holiday’ foods is guaranteed to pack on extra pounds of body fat that you worked so hard in the year to lose.
Compounding the hurt, with all the holiday stuff to be done, it’s easy to skip the gym or stop working out completely because let’s face it, the Holidays are a time of fun and celebration. Many peeps fall off their training routine and if you’re leaning towards doing that, let me point out that it will only lead to more hard work to undo just a couple of days of shitty eating.
That warm fuzzy feeling that the Holidays usually bring will instantly turn into a low vibe when we comatose ourselves to the couch with cookie crumbs spread all over our pyjamas😝
But it’s not all bad news. In this Elite Sarms article we are going to give you some Practical Hot Tips on how to survive smashing your aunties baked goods at the Christmas party and still stay shred💪🏼
If you want to be proactive and survive the Christmas and New Year with little fat gain and maintained or increased muscle mass, this is the blog for you!
Tip #1: Prioritize your workouts and schedule them first thing in the morning.
With the Holiday rush, family, work and social commitments, your schedule could be hectic over the holidays. However, if you get your training done before the chaos starts, you’ll move energy through your body and elevate your dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain and that sense of satisfaction from having the discipline to wake up early and go to the gym, sets a positive tone for the rest of the day. If this is not possible during weekdays, schedule your workout at lunchtime. Either way, the earlier in the day the better.
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Tip #2 Increase Your Fiber Intake.
Fiber enhances your body’s ability to lose fat while facilitating intestinal function to keep you ‘regular’. A dietary plan high in fiber allows you to feel full, making it easier to eat fewer calories. Moreover, more calories are burned from digesting high fiber foods. Do you know that by increasing your fiber consumption to just 35 grams a day you can burn up to an additional 250 calories? No jokes peoples, this is a fat burning hack you have to try. To get this amount in naturally, consume fruits and nuts for snacks or even incorporate them into your holiday recipes! Or for complete ease, take a Fiber supplement of your choice and incorporate that daily in the am and pm before food.
Tip #3 Organize your Workout schedule One week in Advance.
Let’s be real, the amount of get-together’s combined with gym closures during the holidays can take a steamy dump on your training routine💩 - if you let it. However, if you plan a week ahead, the days and times you will be hitting the gym, this will eliminate this potential obstacle altogether.
Tip #4 Strategize your Cheat days and Cheat Meals
Basically you know Christmas and New Year’s Eve and other holiday parties are going to be cheat days with cheat meals. Therefore just factor those parties/days as your cheat meal days and try and have at least 3-4 days either side of them so the calories don’t pile up. You can actually use those days for carbohydrate re-feeding (learn more about using cheat meals to build muscle and burn fat here: https://www.elitesarms.com/blogs/news/how-to-body-re-comp-through-eating-food).
Now, moving on to your cheat meals - start with your vegetables first if any are present☺️, to ingest some healthy fibre which will help with digestion. Secondly; the proteins and fats as this will give you the feeling of satiety. And finally; save the carbs and crazy-ass sugar loaded foods to the end of the meal. The trick is to not stuff yourself, stop when you are comfortably full but not bloated. For some, allotting 3-4 hours of cheat meals per cheat day, which includes around 2-3 meals, allows a certain degree of control and prevents your insulin from going through the roof and beginning to create fat storage.
Make your cheat days a ‘Mini Bulking Phase’ of your recomposition regimen by adding Physique 400 (LGD 4033) for supplementation. It is one powerful muscle builder, which also creates heavy-duty increases in strength and power during demanding workouts.
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Tip #5 Tough it out in the gym before your cheat meal to maximize muscle gains.
The body is conditioned to absorb nutrients particularly some proteins and a fair amount of carbs after a gruelling workout - the amounts, all dependant on your muscle mass. Therefore, it makes sense that having a cheat meal after a big workout will guarantee that a large majority of nutrients are used for recovery and muscle production/protein synthesis.
Wanting to get arms with incredible size and definition? Plan those super-pump arm workouts before your cheat meals to ensure an increase in volume and definition on your biceps and triceps - for example. 💪🏼
The Short On Chromium
Integrating Chromium into your supplementation stack especially helps during cheat days to facilitate your body’s response to insulin, efficiently assimilating those extra carbohydrates for muscle growth. Hyper Lean (SR9009) is a Rev-erb agonist that also gives you a metabolic boost to accelerate fat loss by improving glucose and fatty acid oxidation while supporting skeletal muscle development.
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In conclusion team, it’s been one hell of a year. We all deserve some down-time with our loved ones, friends and family, and we all deserve to let our hair down. But why not do this with some intelligence by adding some or all of the Practical hot tips listed above. This will ensure you keep moving forward over the Holidays and don’t regret a single piece of pizza, cake, cookie or beverage.
From the whole team here at Elite Sarms, we wish you the best of holidays, a Merry Christmas and a fire New Years Eve 🔥🔥 Go get the body you deserve and fall in love with the process of earning it.