The Christmas holidays are one of those times of the year where overeating a bunch of greasy food is inevitable.
Instead of eating yourself into oblivion and packing on a bunch of fat, allocate your food intake to maintain your body fat level without avoiding the foods you want to eat this holiday season.
Here's what I do each year to indulge over the Christmas holidays without negatively impacting my physique.
It all comes down to calories in versus calories out; how many calories you eat during the day, versus how many calories your body burns during the day.
How To Setup Your Diet For Your “Christmas Binge” Days
When waking up, avoid eating your first meal for as long as possible.
The longer you can hold off from eating, the more calories you can consume later without damaging your physique.
Ideally, each meal you eat prior to your Christmas binge should be very lean protein and light on calories.
Avoid carbs at all costs as that will spike insulin and cause you to get hungrier, which will decrease your window of calories to have at your disposal later for filling with candy and treats.
By drinking mineral water and black coffee, and eating lean proteins like chicken, turkey, and light fibrous meals like salads, you can effectively control your appetite for most of the day.
When you avoid things that spike your hunger, it becomes easy to keep your calorie intake low for the day
Once you’ve reached Christmas dinner, you can go nuts and binge on junk food because you will have allocated nearly all your daily caloric allotment into this window of time.
You can adopt this strategy the next day to indulge on Christmas leftovers and any baked goods still sitting on the counter.
I don’t recommend making a habit of this, but it is the best way to have a huge amount of treats without negatively impact your physique.
Strategically move your calorie intake around and you can maintain a lean body fat percentage without feeling trapped by an insanely strict diet.