Healthy Active Living, the College Way: The Holidays
With the holidays approaching, it becomes easier to skip the workout and indulge in the sweets and feasting that often accompany Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s important to understand when it’s ok to cheat and when it’s not.
Here are a few tips to making it through the holidays without increasing a jean size:
- Indulge in cheat meals not cheat days. This is relevant to the upcoming thanksgiving holiday. Don’t miss out on the joy of the feasting day by worrying about calories and skipping the pumpkin pie. Instead, eat a healthy breakfast and lunch and then allow yourself a guilt-free cheat meal for thanksgiving. One meal will not ruin your diet, will not detract from your fitness plan, and will not explode you into a rolling umpa lumpa.
- That being said, there are optimal cheat meals. Cheat meals that will not only satisfy your cravings but also benefit your body. The best cheat meal is high in carbs and low in fat. The carbs are turned into energy and less likely to be stored as fat in the body. The fat is slowly processed and will be an energy restrictor. According to Michael Matthews on his website Muscle for Life.
- For more information visit Michael’s article on Cheat Meals: http://www.muscleforlife.com/cheat-meal/
- Follow the 90/10 rule to ensure your cheat meals are helping and not hurting you. A cheat meal can actually aid in boosting your metabolism when appropriately used. The basic rule is that 90 percent of your diet should be healthy and 10 percent is cheating.
- For more info on the 90/10 rule check out this website: http://www.medicaldaily.com/9010-rule-cheat-meals-actually-boost-your-metabolism-and-help-you-lose-weight-327212
Moral of the story: feel free to indulge in Thanksgiving dinner and don’t hold back. Eat a slice of pumpkin pie, load up the stuffing and pour on the gravy! But come Friday morning, reboot and resume healthy dieting.
To find out what cheat meal is right for you follow the link to a quiz: