I’m sure you don’t want to screw your fitness goals and don’t want to go off track during holidays. As New Year is around the corner, you want to enjoy to the fullest. But before you think a ton of things altogether and stress about it, I would like you to just hold yourself, sit back, sip your favourite beverage and read this piece.
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Most likely, you’re very happy with your progress or you’re very dedicated to your fitness goals. So here are my recommendations:
1. Don’t be in a calorie deficit
You follow a calorie deficit diet when you want to lose fat but its really hard to be dedicated in the year-end and follow it rigorously. New Year’s is the time when you want to spend your time with your family, friends, etc. You would want to go out for lunch or dinner and have a couple of drinks. This might keep you out of deficit because you would like to eat more.
2. Don’t Binge on Alcohol
Alcohol is the main reason where people go mad. You don’t have to get drunk to have fun. You wouldn’t want to screw your next morning performance in the gym. To stop binge drinking just plan your drinks in advance, grab it and stay away from the bar. Another way would be to munch some protein source snacks, as protein has a high thermic effect it will suppress your hunger and will keep you full.
3. Don’t go mad over sweets
Its new year and every one of you might indulge in some sweets and there is no harm having some, even I’m going to eat some. I suggest you control your portion size. If you planning to eat cake opt for a serving over two.
4. Don’t overtrain yourself in hope of burning more calories
Most of you might think, “F#ck calories, eat more food”. You will do extra exercises and burn the extra consumed calories but that’s not how it works. By doing extra you can hinder your recovery and might injure yourself which would keep you away from your future workout sessions.
5. Don’t forget to complete your protein intake
Tracking your protein can be a good strategy in the new year. It would keep you in the anabolism zone throughout the day. 3-5 servings would be enough to close down your protein intake.
Now enjoy your new year by not worrying much about your fitness goals.
Yashovardhan Singh is a fitness coach with GetSetGo Fitness and a former national football player. He likes to keep a no-nonsense approach to fitness by applying scientific literature to provide results to his clients. Reach him at [email protected] for coaching and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.