Your Body Doesn’t Care!
I hear it every day, “we had visitors this weekend”, “the baby kept me awake last night”, “we are in Barcelona next weekend”, “I’m overloaded with work”, “I’m getting married on Saturday”…..
Guess what your body doesn’t care. Yes that’s right, your body couldn’t give a monkey’s that it was Uncle Chuck’s annual BBQ cook down yesterday.
Why is it that many of us feel that our bodies should assess our lifestyle and appropriately distribute calories according to how hard we work, social events, family life and holidays? I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of this at one time or another, if not with fitness, then some other area of our life where we struggle to find control.
When it comes to calories your body doesn’t understand, and I doubt it ever will. Your body is not going to understand that you broke your leg skiing and that you can’t exercise…. What it understands are two things, the calories you put in and the calories you spend through activity. That’s it! The truth! If it’s impossible to spend any, then reduce significantly what you put in.
So if weight loss is your goal and you find yourself making similar remarks to yourself and others about how it’s completely impossible to eat properly and control your calorie intake when you have so many events in your calendar, I shall offer you some golden advice:
I would be the biggest hypocrite to turn around to anyone and suggest that â€œyou can’t eat this and you can’t drink that! â€œ If I have an event planned at the weekend for example and I know it may turn into a calorie fest I take several steps towards ensuring I come out the other end the same shape I went in. Holidays, dinners, parties, weekends away will always be there for most of us so trying to avoid them is pointless…. You’re kind of going to have to be at your own birthday party, right? Let’s not be naive and just rely on our good intentions and will power to pull us through, it hasn’t worked before and it won’t work in the future.
1. Acknowledge that you could be taking on more calories than usual
2. Accept that will power won’t be enough and you need a plan, then write one down
3. Reduce your calories in the days leading up to the event
4. Increase your calorie expenditure through exercise in the week leading up to the event
5. Continue at reduced calories and increased expenditure for a week after the event
6. Repeat this every time you are taken outside your normal routine. Turn it into a good habit. It will seem unnatural at first but treat this procedure like a muscle and exercise it and it will become second nature.
Here are some examples
Christmas Day Run.
For me it’s tradition to run every Christmas Morning, this way I get to enjoy my food, wine etc without that awkward cloud of guilt over my head as I enjoy the festivities with friends and family.
Another example is hitting the squats in the gym just before I go away for the weekend. All weekend while I’m socialising, my thighs will be burning energy and eating the calories whilst repairing. It’s like having a passive workout.
So in short think ahead, it’s a simple case of know thy self. If you walk into these situations thinking that you’ll be fine and this time it’ll be different you’ll be doomed. Know thy self! Plan ahead!
What do you do to plan ahead and avoid missing your training routine?