Now that I’ve cleared my head with the holiday rant, what if you
are one of the proud few who are actually sticking to a diet and
training program over the holidays?
Can you allow for a little wiggle room for some holiday treats?
You sure can!
Strange as it sounds, you can use the holiday season and all its
indulgences to your advantage, and actually see improvements in
your body, especially with your upper arms.
Assuming you’re following a strict diet and training program for
90% of the time, 10% of the time you can be free to eat what you
This is based on research that shows that when you are in a
state of caloric depletion, your metabolism attempts to compensate
by switching into starvation mode and slowing down; ultimately
leading to decreased calorie burning throughout the day.
Think of a campfire: Forget to stoke it with new fuel and it
slowly smolders out, add a few fresh logs and it blazes to life.
Your metabolism is much the same.
You can use this to your advantage. If you are maintaining a
rigorous physical training schedule with a spot-on diet, the extra
calories will actually help your body recover faster, build more
muscle, re-fuel you for you next workout, and keep your metabolism
blazing. That means eliminating saggy and flabby arms even faster
over the holidays.
And you thought you would have to put your goals on hold until the
new year didn't you?
So how can you put this into practice?
Six out of seven days per week, train hard and keep your diet clean.
Come the seventh day, forget about the diet and training for a day.
Eat what you want and relax. Just be sure to plan your schedule
around days that you know you will want to indulge (office parties,
Christmas Day, New Years Eve).
There you have it. Use this little bit of knowledge and you can
actually further your progress over the holidays. Just make sure
you stick to the 90%-10% rule!