Feast Like a King on Thanksgiving?

Nov 22, 2012 by

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Most of our readers probably expect the words in this space to tell you all about how you should eat responsibly, in moderation and resist the 'urge to splurge' on all the wonderful and favorite foods that are likely to be spread out and readily available to you this year for Thanksgiving...

I say - to hell with all that, ENJOY your food people!

The reality is that one (or even a few, if you count Christmas, 4th of July and maybe Birthdays) day of gluttony is NOT going to be enough to derail an otherwise sound and diligent fitness and nutrition plan.

People have been feasting for thousands of years and in fact its probably been a tradition in human society from the very beginning. The real difference between today and the feasts of our ancestors, is that most of us eat such a high calorie diet consisting of super processed, super sugary, bioengineered, preservative and chemical laden foods ALL YEAR ROUND, day after day after day after day - but at least we tend to make up for those dietary sins by also refusing to engage in any form of physical activity that involves much more than walking from the house to the car (you see what I did there? -- that was sarcasm, in case you missed it).

So clearly those of us who are already conscientious about our health and fitness should have nothing to fear about indulging, or even over indulging, in the traditional Thanksgiving day feast. With these facts in mind you can best believe when it comes time to throw down today, I'll be first in line, plate and fork in hand, ready to load up the good stuff and dig in like I just got out of prison.

But what if that's not you? What if you havent been working out, or eating particularly sensibly? What if you're well overweight already and need to lose 50 lbs or more? To THOSE people, I say...

to hell with all that, ENJOY your food people!

Again - the problem is not with your ability to enjoy this day of shameless bingeing on all your favorite foods, but with your inability to counterbalance these infrequent bouts of gluttony with more frequent and consistent bouts of good diet and exercise. Let today be what it is - a day of enjoyment, thankfulness, togetherness with friends and family, football and GREAT FOOD -  but then let tomorrow begin your quest for real improvement in your daily habits of diet and exercise.

No, seriously.

Fat Bastard

Even the fattest of fat bastards know enough to get their workout in after Thanksgiving dinner!

You don't get to pig out today until buttons are popping and you feel like you'll need to hire a forklift operator to get you up the stairs when you go to bed and then renege on the part about getting your workout in and eating more responsibly when tomorrow rolls around - that's not how it works son!

In fact, after eating all that good food today, come tomorrow your muscle glycogen stores will be loaded to the brim and therefore a good workout will really get you a lot of bang for the buck, not to mention make you feel GREAT in the process and stabilize your hormones to help prevent some of those carbs and calories you eat today from being saved as hard to get rid of fat in your system!

For those of you who have already been working out and eating well, you can even use this feast to help increase your metabolism, due to the boost in leptin levels and as long as you get your workout in tomorrow you'll wind up looking (and feeling) better than ever!

Tip: I like to workout on an empty stomach first thing in the morning for best fat loss results - some people don't do as well with this method as they don't have enough energy to get through a strenuous workout, if that sounds like you, try eating an orange before the workout. I've found that gives just the right amount of energy to most of the people I've worked with who don't do as well on a completely empty stomach.

I don't want to get into too much detail on workout specifics today, but in order to get the response you want, you're going to need to get in a good hard resistance training workout, preferably bodyweight or free weights with decent volume (higher reps in the 10-12 range, for at least 3-4 sets) OR a high intensity interval training workout of some type.

This is not the day for slow, steady cardio.

When its all said and done, I wish the best to all you ThriveQuesters on this day of Thanksgiving and also I hope that we don't lose sight of what the day is really all about...

I celebrated Thanksgiving in the old-fashioned way.

I invited everyone in the neighborhood to my house, we had an ENORMOUS feast, and then I killed them and took their land.

-Jon Stewart

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  1. Sonya Lowery

    lol… yep – to hell with it! I ATE IT ALL!!!! haahaahaaaaaa (that’s my evil laugh)

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