So right now I kinda have a four-pack (is that even a thing?), and due to my age, genetics and inability to give up the finer things in life, i’ll probably never attain the highly coveted extra couple of packs™—But that’s ok.
In the coming weeks, it’ll all be about MAINTAINING what I’ve achieved, and keeping myself in-check during the holiday period.
Let’s face it, we over-indulge during the holidays
What are you going to do, miss out on all the cakes, pies and countless gallons of egg-nog (my favourite out of ALL the ‘nogs’), whilst you sit there with your family bouncing walnuts off your six-pack?
I don’t think so Tim
I won’t be, so why should you?
However, let me make it loud and clear, If you are 25% body-fat and think you’ll shed some fat over Chrissy, you’re probably smoking more weed than Pauly Shaw at a Mariah Carey concert.
Similarly, if you’re 10% body-fat right now and think you’ll lose a couple percent, you’re probably so high right now, that these very words appear as though they’re massaging both your eye-balls with tiny little ‘word-hands’.
What I’m trying to say here is, the leaner you are, the harder it is to shed the pounds.
What I’ll be doing
The following is what I’ll personally be doing over the holiday season to make sure I don’t pile on extra kilos, but more importantly what I’ll do to maintain my current physique whilst being able to enjoy the festive season!
#1 Changing my program
I’ll be shifting from the ‘Bonus Phase’ of Visual Impact and doing something completely different.
Why this will ward off fat: The body is clever at holding onto its fat for survival purposes. It will train itself to stop using my body fat as fuel, making it harder to keep the kilos off. Changing my program at this time will serve as an effective ‘body-guessing’ weapon aswell as help to keep me motivated.
Nothing gets me pumped to train harder like a sparkling new program (oh, and caffeine).
This MIGHT turn you off over-eating this holiday season
#2 Intermittent Fasting
Yes I’ll be intermittently fasting once a week like I am now.
It will probably be even easier to give up eating for a day when I’m not sitting behind a desk.
If you haven’t given it a go, I would highly recommend you try it, then incorporate it into your holidays.
Why this will ward off fat: Incorporating fasting into my lifestyle cuts out a days worth of calories from my week, boosting my metabolism whilst allowing me to enjoy the finer things in life (relatively) guilt free.
I took a month off training and eating properly in May-June of this year, I came back a little softer (due to Parisian cheese and butter) but found my body was well rested, and reacted VERY well to training once I started the Visual Impact ball rolling again.
Why this will ward off fat: Like you, I’ve been smashing my body at the gym all year with hardly a break in between.
Think of the holiday season as your body’s chance to recover from the onslaught.
If you miss 3-4 days or a week, you’ll come back stronger with a renewed passion for your training.
#4 Drinking more water
I’ll be aiming to carry a 1.5 litre flask around with me when I can.
Why this will ward off fat: Water will be key to keeping me hydrated aswell as purifying me from all of the Christmas alcohol i’ll be ingesting.
It will also keep my metabolism boosted to an elevated level.
#5 Increase Vitamin D
I’ll be on holidays for a week or so, which will give me plenty of time out in the sun (therefore plenty of Vitamin D).
Why this will ward off fat: According to a study, low Vitamin D levels have been linked to obesity.
Really, It’s probably just an excuse to justify long periods of sun baking.
Don’t forget your sunscreen people… although that has been linked to cancer.
You can’t win right?
If you’re smart about it, you can keep the fat at bay whilst enjoying this magical time of year.
But whatever you do, don’t be discouraged by missing a day of training or over-eating here and there.
Enjoy time with your friends and family—You can start your fat-loss program January 1st.
Editor’s Note: How will you ward off the fat-demons this holiday period? Comment below.