The number one question I have received this week from my clients, is “What do I do on Christmas Day?”. Or “Help, I have so many parties over the next two weeks what can I do?”.
The answer to this question will entirely depend on your goals. I’ll attempt to give you some easy solutions you can implement and make these coming events a little less stressful for you.
Given that the majority of people right now are on a fat loss phase due to an upcoming competition, or beach body goals for summer, let’s run with that one first!
If on a fat loss phase
Lets say you have a party on Thursday night. On Wednesday, you can ‘save’ up some of your calories and fats and eat lightly on this day. For example, if your current macros are 200g Carbs, 60g Fat, 150g Protein you can eat just 160g Carbs, 40g Fat and 150g Protein. Then add the totals to the Friday making it 240g Carbs, 80g Fat and 150g Protein.
You can also eat lightly in the meals during the day on Friday, and spend your macros on the big ticket items at your party later on. Combine the two options together and you have one hell of macro budget to really go all out if you like.
Simple and sounds like common sense right? It is! And it’s effective. At the the end of the day you’ve hit your macros and not allowed yourself to undo your past weeks worth of hard work.
Now if it’s Christmas Day, I actually suggest you don’t even count macros this day. I recommend you practice some ‘mindful’ eating, just be aware of portion control and not letting yourself go on an all out binge. This day is about family, friends, and memories. Take a day off, relax, and enjoy this time with your loved ones. You can still save some extra macros from the day before though if you like.
If on a maintenance phase:
If on a building phase:
You have all the macros in the world, you don’t even need to read this article
The take home message is that eating during the Christmas period, or for any other event shouldn’t create you anxiety and stress. Be mindful of what you are eating, shuffle a few macros around here and there if you need to, and enjoy creating memories with the special people in your life.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!