Ten Holiday Tips for Your Bodybuilding Diet Plan
The Holiday Season is only weeks away and thus begins the onslaught of cocktail parties, 7-course dinners and friendly meetings that occur more often than at any other time of year. Out-of-town relatives will be visiting and you will be spending more time with your family and kids making it more difficult than ever to train regularly and eat a “normal” diet. It’s a challenge we all face every year but we can survive this festive month with just a little effort and a few adjustments so that we don’t end up completely out of shape and 15 pounds overweight. Otherwise, if we try to stick to our rigid routines, we’ll be sure to disappoint Aunt Mabel and your pals at the office. So, let’s see what we can do to make it through this year.
The Top Ten Holiday Fitness and Weight Loss Survival Tips:
1) Cut your routine. You’ll go crazy if you try to perform your whole workout without making it a little shorter plus you’ll just frustrate yourself. Do fewer sets than you normally perform for all your exercises.
2) Focus on training the large muscle groups. Hit the big body parts and don’t worry about the biceps, triceps, calves and forearms at every workout. Training the larger muscle groups will indirectly stimulate all those smaller muscles as well.
3) If you miss the gym altogether do some calisthenics. Push-ups, sit-ups, crunches, chair dips, jumping jacks and pull-ups can help maintain your muscle tone until you hit the iron plus the change will give your joints a break. You could also put on your walking shoes and head for the pavement or the mall. Spend your extra holiday hours making sure you take your walk once (or even twice) a day to lower blood glucose levels. Or, increase your other activities – rake some leaves, take the steps instead of the elevator, walk the dog or play with the kids.
4) Eat a snack before going to any dinner party or social activity. This will lessen the chances of overeating by having something already in your stomach. Preferably something with fiber and bulk like an apple or orange.
5) Don’t, don’t, and don’t drink any alcohol on an empty stomach. Besides it wrenching your stomach lining, it will send your appetite soaring causing you to stuff everything in sight down your throat. Plus food will slow down the absorption of the alcohol as well.
6) Stop eating as early as possible. When you can, try to stop feasting around 6:00 or 7:00 PM. The later you continue eating, the greater likelihood of storing all that food directly as fat. Also, portion control is vital. Try selecting one serving of a few items that are low in fat, sugar and salt.
7) Drink water as often as possible during any event. This will help fill you up and keep your system hydrated, which helps you to eliminate all the wastes as quickly as possible.
8) Don’t miss taking your vitamins and minerals. This is the time you’ll need all that extra immune support and antioxidant cleansing.
9) Plan Ahead: think about what you want to eat and how the carbohydrates and calories fit into your meal plan. If concerned call ahead and ask what will be served to help you develop your menu choices or think about alternatives in advance.
10) Keep your Perspective: don’t beat yourself up if you don’t meet your bodybuilding goals. Simply, adjust your eating habits at the next event and/or plan time to be more active.
To learn more about bodybuilding diet plans, visit the StackLabs Blog. Obviously there are many more diet tips for the holidays. Do you know what some others are? Share by commenting below. Enjoy the holidays!