A fitness tip to consider when trying to keep your weight in check over the holidays is to do an intense day of weight lifting before the actual meal. Strength train like a champ and this is going to do a few more things.
2 Reasons to Strength Train Before You Devour “The Meal”:
1) When you perform intense strength training activity, you will be depleting muscle glycogen levels, which is the storage form of carbohydrate in the body. This then means when you later consume carbohydrates during the meal, they’ll move right into the muscle tissues, rather than going to stored body fat.
If you go into Thanksgiving or Christmas slightly depleted in your muscle glycogen levels, it positions you for the lowest amount of potential fat gain.
2) Intense strength training is also going to spike your metabolic rate for up to 48 hours after the workout is over, so this too can help reduce your chances of gaining body fat.
When doing this session, you’ll want to focus on the most intense, compound exercises possible. Think squats, deadlifts, bench presses, rows, and shoulder presses. Doing a full body workout using a slightly higher rep range of 10-15 reps per set (which depletes more muscle glycogen) is your best bet.
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