Keeping Your Gainz While On Vacation
Cheat meals have always been a major topic of discussion in the fitness and nutrition industry. Whether it is discussing the benefits, the proper ways to cheat or simply talking about some favorite foods to eat for a cheat meal. Many people ask for my personal take on these matters as well as what is the proper way to handle vacation. Some people view vacation as a free-for-all to binge on anything and everything. I do not believe this is the best way to go about it. There must be some discipline and strategy for how you eat on vacation because otherwise you are throwing away what you worked so hard for in the weeks leading up to your trip. Everyone is different. We all have different metabolic rates and are starting from a different point. Some people are leaner than others but regardless of these differences, if you are on a low to moderate carbohydrate diet then there are certain choices you can make that would allow you to enjoy yourself while mitigating the damage done to your progress.
Most people who diet don’t eat bread, pizza, sandwiches or fried foods on a regular basis. These people, myself included, tend to stay away from society’s general bread based carbohydrates. Most people don't regularly drink beer during the week or have dessert after dinner. However, when you go on vacation it is easy to let these fundamentals slide. On vacation it is easy to grab some cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, pizza and ice cream for dinner because of the easy access and of course it is vacation so you want to have some beers. This is a slippery slope. When you have one day like this it can turn into two days then three days and before you know it, you have binged the entire week and have a serious problem. Now not only are you not eating what you had been to get you ripped up for vacation but you are compounding three things that can cause you to lose progress. These being bread based meals, sugary treats and beer.
I believe if you create small disciplines while on vacation and stick to them that just because you are on vacation, you don't have to throw away your gains. For me, with the diet protocol I follow, I have found that if I stay away from the bread then I am able to get away with the other two. Over time I discovered that the combination of bread, ice cream and beer do not work for me. I have realized that if I can keep it to two out of the three, those two being beer and ice cream then I can keep the gains I had worked so hard for without feeling like I am depriving myself. Depending on your level of fitness, training style and metabolism you could slip in a day or two where you go for the trifecta but even the most shredded person on the beach should not do this for the entire duration of the trip. By doing two out of the three I am able to consume as much of those two as I want because they are somewhat self moderating. If I drink too many beers or eat too much I will feel like crap and won’t want any more.
Make sure you have a personal strategy when you go on vacation. Think critically about what you have been doing to get lean and pay attention to how your body reacts to certain foods. By dialing into this aspect of your diet you can enjoy yourself while on vacation and avoid giving yourself the extra work of having to take the added weight off when you get home.
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