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Your Amazing Energy Engine Exercises

Published on 1/30/2017
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If you are too strict and you go into a state of restriction and denial every single Christmas, just so you don't gain weight, you can end up having a 're-bound' in January! It is actually far better to enjoy the season in a balanced and sensible way. If every Christmas Your Amazing Energy Engine is the same story, then it is time to change tack. When you have a massive goal, then go for it, but if you find that every year you are fighting with food, take a step back and focus on maintenance instead!

You don't want to end up at either one of the extremes: gaining lots of weight or overly restricting so you end up rebound gaining in January.

The cycle of 'restrict' and 'overdo it' is so typical of the dangerous 'all or nothing' mentality so many of us are prone to (me included, but I have learned to manage it!). We think that as we can't be 100% then we might as well not bother, and that when we get to January and have a clear run with no obstacles to overcome we'll be able to make up for our December excesses...

But, the reality is rarely that simple - things come up in January that mean we are, again, given obstacles to overcome. And so the cycle continues, all year, year after year. Far better, don't you think, to manage December in a realistic 'maintenance' mindset?

I personally recommend that clients use a Compliance Chart (see the blog link below to download a copy of the one I use) so they can see how many meals hit their plan and how many don't. In a fat loss phase I need 90% compliance for results. In a maintenance phase there is more leeway, but you would not want to just ignore it altogether and eat every meal 'off plan' as you will gain weight, but perhaps even more importantly, feel terrible! No wonder there are so many arguments at a time when we should be harmonious and loving and kind - most people are in a sugar and fat induced haze!

So, the first step is to stick to the plan as far as you can, making sure that for the day to day meals and snacks, you eat as you would normally, and I would even suggest being a bit tighter than normal to help balance things out even more.

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