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1. Fill up on protein.
Most holiday meals will be pretty carbohydrate and fat dense. Okay, you’ll probably have turkey, but that’s about it. Stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, parsnips and the like are all carb-laden, while things like pate, nuts, desserts and so on pack in the fats.
While there’s nothing wrong with these foods provided they fit into your calories, there’s little point having your regular morning bowl of oats and lunchtime sandwich, then having to forego all the carbs and fats later.
2. Save Some Calories
You do want to stick to your calorie intake as closely as possible every day, but there’s nothing wrong with “banking” a few calories.
Your body doesn't work on a 24 hour clock, and your metabolism doesn't just stop and restart on the stroke of midnight.
This gives you an extra 900 calories banked, so you don’t screw up if you do go over. Alternatively, you can do the same in the days after your biggest meals.
3. Try intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is rapidly gathering followers, due to its supposed metabolic and hormonal advantages, but it also helps control hunger.
You might think you’d be absolutely ravenous, and would eat triple your normal amount having fasted for a whole day beforehand, but this won’t be the case. In fact, while you probably would eat more than normal, it’s unlikely to be much at all.
4. Factor in Alcohol
If alcohol is important to you, you needn't abstain from it, and a few drinks won’t wreck your progress.
The easiest way is to count alcohol calories as carbs or fat. Find how many calories are in your alcoholic drink and divide this by four. Say for instance a bottle of beer has 100 calories, divide this by four to get 25. You can count this as 25 grams of carbs, 25 grams of fat, or a combination of the two.
5. Enjoy Yourself
You don’t have to be perfect over the holidays. By exercising some self control you’re already doing better than the vast majority of people.