Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays where family and friends gather for a delicious calorie bomb meal.
For 99% of health and fitness enthusiasts, you want to treat this day as a typical cheat meal/day. Please DO NOT feel guilty and punish yourself the next day or two by following a starvation or liquid cleanse fad.
Tip #1: Exercise
This is my golden rule, and the harder the exercise the better. By performing some type of high intensity strength or conditioning workout, you will increase blood flow, deplete glycogen (sugar/carbs in the muscles) and have a higher nutrient partitioning rate. Your body will also enjoy the benefits of a higher metabolism for the next 24-48 hours because of the after burn effect (EPOC) while also benefiting from your elevated protein synthesis to repair and rebuild your muscles.
Tip #2: Eat Normally During the Day
It is very rare to have a Thanksgiving breakfast or lunch feast. For that reason, the best way to minimize the damage is to eat normally during the day and not start the morning off by eating half a pecan pie. Eat a simple breakfast and give yourself lunch options that will leave you with tons of calories, carbs and fats to consume at your dinner feast. Consuming a lean protein with veggies is the ideal way to go throughout the day e.g Chicken stir fry, fish avocado salad, or even consuming a high quality whey protein drink as a meal replacement.
Tip #3: ENJOY & NOT FEEL GUILTY
Assuming that you followed both tips you should be in a negative energy balance of 1000-2500 calories and would likely need to consume over 6000 calories at dinner to do any significant damage. This is the time for socializing and having a good time with your family and friends without stressing about your fitness and training. If anything, you will actually feel rejuvenated mentally and physically because of the extra calories and will most likely have an incredible workout the following day because of it.
I want to thank you for taking the time to read these tips, and I truly wish that you have a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends. If any of these tips helped, please share this article so that others can take advantage of the extra calories and enjoy the Thanksgiving feast without feeling guilty. Mahalo.