Holiday eating isn’t (that) complicated 🥧🍴When physique development is the goal, it’s easy to get in our own heads and stress unnecessarily about even the smallest details or events. Around the holidays, it’s even easier to start freaking out for fear of “blowing” progress enjoying the holidays. In reality, most people blow it out of proportion to have easy content to post about, when in reality, it doesn’t have to be a huge battle of strategy or "discipline."
At the end of the day, the biggest considerations should be1️⃣ where you currently are in your dieting phase, metabolically, and2️⃣ how balanced of a relationship you have with your food. If you’re currently dieting or just coming out of a dieting phase, you’re dealing with supressed metabolic efficiency and hormone balance- making it easier to go overboard when eating untracked meals and easier to gain back body fat. The farther away from a dieting phase, the more leniency you can give yourself without fear of significant, negative effects. If you haven’t been dieting for several months, just enjoy the day, get back on your normal plan the next day, and in a few days any gained body weight will likely drop back off as water balance is re-gained and normal eating & training routines are back in place. Life’s short, don’t be too hard on yourself and miss out on great experiences with family that may not always be around. 🥣🍽
*️⃣The exception being, if you don’t necessarily have the best relationship with food. If you’re someone that tends to go completely off the rails if you ever approach a day as being a “free/untracked day” after months of strictly tracking your intake, it may be helpful to just have very approximate ranges of calorie intake you can roughly eye-ball through the day.