How to Completely Blow Your Weeks Work on Nutrition in One Sitting

 

Go to a party for the Packers playoff game and eat this:

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Thats 2784 calories, 134 grams of carbs, 138 grams of fat, and 132 grams of protein. That is roughly what I did this past Sunday…

AND that was just during the game – not counting my breakfast or lunch that day!

So now whats the point of me sharing this?

Well first off, I literally felt like I had a basketball in my stomach and really struggled to fall asleep that night. I knew I overate by a long shot.

It happens. To you, to me, to everyone. It happens.

Say your goal is weight loss (mine is not right now) – if you eat in a 200 calorie deficit every day, Monday through Saturday that is 1200 calories in deficit for the week.

Then you have a Sunday like this and eat a 1500 calorie surplus in one day, well…that puts you are a 300 calorie surplus for the week. Newsflash: you aren’t losing weight with that.

So now how to recover from this:

1) Get right back on track Monday – and listen and react accordingly to your body in the morning.

I was still full at breakfast time. So I had a very light breakfast (knowing that I wouldn’t be able to eat again until noon, I knew I would eventually be a little hungry). So I had some eggs, egg whites and 2 pieces of toast. Whats that? A pretty normal light breakfast for me.

I didnt completely starve myself, or buy the nearest cleanse or detox – I got back to doing what I normally would do, minus a few calories.

Same thing for lunch. It was post workout – so I had a normal post workout lunch. Higher carb, high protein and lower fat. It’s what I NORMALLY would eat.

Dinner was chicken stir fry, so I portioned out my normal plate and enjoyed it.

2) Put that food to use!

Since i ate that calorie bomb the night before, I knew my gas tank was more than full. So I hit some heavy deadlifts, high volume back work, and some bike sprints. I put my feast to work.

When you start thinking of food as fuel, you can adjust your workouts accordingly. Had a high fuel day? Well then you better have a high output and octane workout. Heavy compounds lifts, multiple sets, and a little conditioning work can go a long way.

Don’t waste time trying to sweat it out on an hour jog on the treadmill – crush some weights instead.

3) Plan and strategize what you will do next time you are in that situation.

Obviously you want to avoid something like this from becoming a regular occurrence. No, don’t shut out your friends and lose your social life – but think about what you could do next time to avoid this epic of a screw up. Don’t guilt trip yourself here – but rather use it as a learning opportunity.

Next time I could:

  • Eat lighter throughout the day, knowing all too well that there will be some higher calorie options later that day.
  • Don’t bring the tray of appetizers into the living room where you can easily and mindlessly snack away while your team blows a 18 point lead.
  • Sit somewhere where you can’t reach the food non-stop.
  • Fill the plate ONCE, and eat slowly. One plate and one plate only can go a long way.
  • Drink water between alcoholic beverages.
  • Try to balance out the food choices with lower calorie options.
  • Play with your friends baby more to occupy your time and distract you from the food.

Whatever you can come up with, plan it out and execute your game plan. I will report back next week on my game day choices this weekend – as the Packers are still alive and playing for a chance at getting to the Super Bowl. Go Pack Go!

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Stay healthy my friends,