How To Attend Holiday Parties And Still Keep Fit
Why does weight gain hit us particularly harder around the holidays? That's because drinking alcohol usually comes hand-in-hand with holiday parties and get-togethers. This also brings out the worst in our diets and leaves us with higher sugar cravings and carbohydrate desires. Those things alone can cause weight gain, but when you add in the additional calories from the alcohol you definitely have a recipe for metabolism disaster.
How does alcohol affect your training, metabolism and fitness? Firstly alcohol in excessive amounts can take days to detoxify from your system, and will severely limit your recovery ability. This is detrimental to your health and fitness. It can also keep you from getting up and going to the gym when you feel hungover. The excess partying, late nights, holiday stress in addition to alcohol will also disrupt your sleep patterns and cause your body to want to release cortisol which triggers the body to store fat.
When you drink alcohol it immediately becomes the priority fuel source that your body needs to burn off and detoxify. When you drink, fat-burning and the assimilation of other nutrients that include carbohydrates are slowed down, or completely stopped. Anything that you eat at the same time as that alcohol will be readily stored in your fat cells. So the best way to combat this is to eat only protein
So what can I do to avoid weight gain and survive the holiday season? Simple. Just follow these six tips to help you stay on track while attending all the get-togethers your family or your boss makes you go to.