We’ve heard you asking on Facebook and on the blog: How can I stay on the Fast Metabolism Diet through the holidays? We’re glad you asked!
There is a lot of debate out there as to if and how much weight people gain over the winter months. I know I am prone to layering on a thick blanket if I don’t go into October 31st with a roaring metabolism. I have new clients each year that gain upwards of 10-12 pounds between Halloween and the Super Bowl! But I want you to start January 1 looking better than ever. Don’t throw in the towel and say you’ll get back in shape after the New Year. Do it now! The beauty of the Fast Metabolism Diet is that you can feel good, look good, and eat really well all at the same time.
So here are a few must do’s for my clients, virtual and real, for the holidays.
Shifting your Phases on the Fast Metabolism Diet
Thanksgiving, of course, is on a Thursday — typically a Phase 2 day if you’ve been following the Fast Metabolism Diet starting on a Monday. It’s going to be tough to enjoy all those traditional Thanksgiving foods while on Phase 2, however. So here’s what we’re going to do: We’re going to shift your days over two weeks so your Thanksgiving falls on a Phase 3 day.
And you can do this for any big holiday. You just need to plan it out.
Check out the calendar below. During the week of Thanksgiving, you’ll do just ONE day of Phase 1. Then Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be Phase 3. You’ll start with Phase 1 again on Sunday, and do three days. Then you’ll be back on your normal schedule.
Sunday, Nov. 24: Phase 3
Monday, Nov. 25: Phase 1
Tuesday, Nov. 26: PHASE 2
Weds., Nov 27: PHASE 2
Thanksgiving! Nov. 28: PHASE 3
Friday, Nov. 29: PHASE 3
Sat., Nov. 30: PHASE 3
Sunday, Dec. 1: PHASE 1
Monday, Dec. 2: Phase 1
Then you’re back on your regular schedule.
For Thanksgiving Day itself, be mindful of your fats and sugars because if the sugars are high you will have a hard time breaking down fats. If you’re doing the cooking, choose to cook with healthy fats like grapeseed oil, olive oil or coconut oil. Don’t add extra fats where you really don’t need them. Focus on fresh, flavorful foods. Then on Friday and Saturday, double down on your veggies and skip the optional Phase 3 grain at dinner.
And keep an eye on our blog and Facebook for recipe tips and other strategies for getting through the holidays with your metabolism not just in tact, but on fire!