The majority of people swing to the extremes when it comes to their dieting. They are either on a diet or they are not. Technically their belief is that they are either losing weight as they are dieting or that they are getting fat as they are not dieting. It does not have to be this way and here, I am going to tell a few tricks that you can follow to enjoy festive eating without getting fat.
1. Practise Intermittent Fasting
Before I get into this, I still want to say that this is no magical fat burning strategy. It is basically a time restricted feeding method where you are saving the calories you eat in a day for one particular time of the day. Say your maintenance is 2000 calories for a day, now if you eat it in 6 meals vs. 2 vs. 1, it is going to have the same impact on your physique. In this case, it is you maintaining your weight.
On those days when you are going for a Diwali party or a dinner, just skip the meals for the day and save the calories for dinner. During the day, you could keep consuming zero calorie beverages like black tea, green tea, black coffee, diet soda, salted lemonades, and water.
2. Do Calorie Cycling
This is just a simple fundamental of borrowing and lending. One thing that you need to understand is that calories do not impact your body composition on a day-to-day basis. It happens chronically, that is, in the long term. When you eat in a caloric deficit for long enough, you see yourself getting fitter and leaner. When you eat in a caloric surplus for long enough, you get fat and store a lot of body fat. A lean guy never ate a pizza, went to bed and woke up fat. It has never happened. It will never happen! Now, let’s say the calories you eat per day are 2000 and you maintain weight, what you could do for 5-6 days leading up to the Diwali dinner is cut down your calories by 15 to 20%. So you eat say 1700 for 5 days and thus you end up saving 1500 kcals for the Diwali dinner day.
Now you have 3500 calories for the Diwali dinner day and you can still maintain your physique.
3. Increase Your NEAT
I have written an article on how walking or increasing your NEAT is one of the most underrated ways to lose fat. You can read the article here. Basically, the idea is to push your energy expenditure upwards so that the number of calories you need to maintain your weight or physique pushes up as well. And you can invest these calories wisely in eating the good food you want during Diwali.
Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at email@example.com and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
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