Ok, so let’s admit it, you've been working hard all year, the Christmas holidays are a time to let loose. Our belief at Team Amino is work hard, play hard... but be smart.
The problem is we don't need to tell you how to work or play hard, you have that covered. The bit we can help with is how can we make the holiday season a little more manageable and less guilt-ridden. Our viewpoint is to kill the guilt, get organised and go for it.
Having downtime is crucial to maintaining motivation and intensity in work, training and life. We put this article together to help you get your surfboard out and to ride the wave in style. Here we go...
The key thing to recognise here is that during the holiday season you can still go out and have fun with food and drink, you just need to be a little bit more organised about when and how. You need to get your mindset and expectations in line. Pick the days you're really going to go for it and organise your nutrition and training around these days so that you can relax, have fun and not feel guilty. It is about finding the balance.
You don't put body fat on in 24 hours but when you consistently eat too much energy on consecutive days/weeks you will start to regress. Your body weight will fluctuate but these changes in any 24 hour period are going to be to your body water which can fluctuate very quickly and to the extremes. Remember your are mostly made up of water (55% women / 65% men) and so small changes in body water = big changes on the scales.
Use these tips as much or as little as you see fit...
1. Whatever event(s) you decide you will relax at, use fasting the days before and after as a way to make sure your carbohydrate stores and body water will be depleted. That way when the flood gates open you will already be in a deficit.
2. Do some sprints prior to your event, this will help drain your carbohydrate stores so they are ready to be filled up again.
3. Overeat on non-root vegetable and ideally protein. This is a great way to make sure your full on stuff that doesn't contain as much energy (Vegetables like brussels, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli) and stuff that uses a lot of energy for metabolic processing (protein). Fill your plate with these first. Leave the potatoes until the end and keep your intake to a minimum (as best you can ;) - the Amino team love our roasties! )
4. Drink more water and avoid sugary pop. Even try our Amino Recovery drink as a guilt-free way to have something sweet that tastes great and helps suppress hunger.
5. Do not panic when your weight shoots up after the event. You knew it was going to happen, you planned for it and now you can manage it. Get back on the bandwagon.
6. An additional tip is to get into some form of meditation. Train your mind to focus. It sounds silly but it will help in all areas of life. It may be boring at first, but the pay off is huge. (Personal tip, if you miss a session, don't fret, just start again when you can, some is better than none!)
Helpful? We hope so. If you're going to fast, using our Amino Recovery will preserve muscle mass and enhance your immune system at a crucial part of the year. It is a great way to get your daily intake of B vitamins which support the detoxification process that is crucial for life.
Lots of our customers also like to use Amino Water as a tasty guilt-free way to have a drink that contains low calories, no artificial sweeteners as a replacement of 95% of other drinks on the market that contains sugar or artificial sweetener. It’s a win/win. Get your trial pack here.
The key take away here is that Christmas is a bloody brilliant time to connect with family, friends and all the people that you love. The connection is the key part and is a foundational pillar of health and performance.
Addiction and disease breeds in isolation, so get out there and reconnect with those around you. We live in an age of abundance and the key to truly feeling fulfilled is to have gratitude and to be thankful for all that you have around you.
That doesn't mean don't push for your dreams and more, just be able to stop every day, give yourself a pat on the back and keep the connections with those around you strong. There is never a better time to take responsibility and to reach out.