The holidays can bring out the best and worst in us. While it sucks having to tiptoe around over-eating, being more aware of what you eat in general is a good thing! The most educational and beneficial approach to nutrition would be to track your macros. But just in case that’s a little too intimidated (or you’re just being lazy… until the New Year), here’s Jon’s general eating tips.
1) “Healthy Foods” Can Make You Fat
First of all, try not to bank too much on “healthy foods”. You don’t want to jump into anything extreme. There is indeed such thing as “too much of a good thing”.
2) Include What You Love
You have to know your “taste priority”. Cutting out foods you never cared for is one thing, but having to eliminate the treats you love to indulge in? Sorry, even if you think your willpower is ironclad, that’s just not practical. Plus that’s no fun either. Recognize the items you dare not live without and structure your diet to include them. It doesn’t matter if it’s cakes, chocolate, or alcohol.
3) Shuffle Your Schedule
Part of being able to indulge in what you love is just keeping in mind it’s still in your life. You’re not cutting it out, so you don’t need to have it all right now. Have your cake and eat it too… tomorrow. Or two days from now.
4) Don’t Abandon the Protein
When people go bust on their diet, this is what usually happens: fat and carbs skyrocket, but protein intake plummets. If you ever fall off on your meal plan, do your best to at least maintain the target protein amount. If you’re able to get it in earlier in the day, that actually helps satiate your appetite and can avoid the excess eating. On top of that, it’s going to fuel and feed your muscles properly– and you’re going to need those in order for your training protocol!