5 Reasons You’ll Probably Get Fat Over The Holidays

By

Vince Del Monte, WBFF Pro Fitness Model, Certified Fitness Trainer
and Nutritionist and author of No Nonsense Muscle
Building.

5 Reasons You’ll Probably Get Fat Over The Holidays

By Vince Del Monte

The holiday season is fast approaching and if you’re not prepared for the holiday parties and meals – you’re probably going to get fat, canceling out the weeks of hard workouts and dedicated nutrition.

Between now and November 16th I’m going to share my best trade secrets for avoiding holiday weight gain and surviving the time of year that many people end up losing muscle, pack on fat and damage their metabolism.

NOTE: I wrote this article to help YOU.  Please don’t interpret my remarks towards your friends as offensive or personal.  I am more interested in seeing you conquer the holidays in top form, instead of being sensitive toward the feelings of your friends.  Enjoy the read.

Here is part 1 of the Reasons You’ll Get Fat Over The Holidays series…

1. Give into “C’mon, It’s The Holidays!”

Ever hear that one before when you politely decline to the chocolate cake?  “C’mon, it’s the holidays…”is usually the comment non-committed and weak-minded people use to excuse their lack of discipline.  It’s funny, because these are the same people who seem to always be struggling with their physique and complaining about how they look and feel.

Unless this advice is coming from an individual flaunting a ripped six-pack and a lifestyle you admire,  I would question the source of this council!  You never hear the ripped and fit people marching to the mantra of, “C’mon, it’s the holidays…” so these are the people you should be taking clues from.

2. Give into “C’mon, You Deserve It!”

It’s amazing the rationalization our minds can create when we feel guilty.  This statement comes from those who attempt to make themselves feel better about their lack of focus and discipline. It justifies foods that are normally off limits.

If you wish to award yourself for sticking to your diet or training, consider healthier ways that move you closer to your goals, not further from your goals.

I have nothing against treating yourself, but it should be planned in advance.  Bodybuilders might treat themselves to a cheat meal on a Saturday night after a week of dedicated dieting and training, which is a strategic component of their long term goals.  It’s planned, not randomly awarded in a moment of temptation.

3. Give into the “C’mon, You Can Burn It Off Tomorrow…”

In reality, you can burn it off over the next few days.  Often times, deviating from our diets can result in an extra 500-1,000 calories (or sometimes way more) that would require an extra 30-90 minutes of caloric expenditure.

Before you cave into unplanned temptation ask yourself, “Is this worth delaying and slowing my results? Is this worth the extra stairs I’ll need to climb or the extra run I’ll need to slip in?”  Trust me, you’ll rarely never regret passing on an extra serving or dessert that will delay your results.  If anything, you’ll feel more committed and empowered towards achieving your final goals.

Plus, giving in once to the “C’mon, you can burn it off tomorrow…”will make it far easier not to give in again tomorrow.  This is a losing battle that you’ll always be playing catch-up on.  Here’s the reality: the individuals who say are really working out today to burn off yesterday’s calories, are really calories they packed on years ago by giving into this rationalization.

4. Give into the “C’mon, It Tastes So Good…”

It tastes even better to get stares and compliments from your friends and strangers when you reveal your shredded physique in your swim suit.  Which would you prefer?  The taste of a great brownie or the taste of satisfaction and pride that comes with achieving a body that represents hard work, discipline and focus.

You’ll never regret the taste of achievement over the taste of a food that will only compromise and slow your fat-burning and muscle-building results.

5. Give into “C’mon, You Already Look Amazing…”

“Exactly! How do you think I got my body here in the first place?” Remember, nobodies body always looked amazing.  It went through a transformation that was more a test of mind and spirit, than actual physical body.

In my experience, when you put someone into the gym and push them, they will do it.  The true winners are created in the kitchen, at social setting and in the grocery stores.  These are the places your commitment is challenged , when you’re forced to make decisions that will drive you forward or hold you back.

Conclusion

I trust my insights will come as a healthy source of accountability over the holidays preventing you from side-tracking and delaying your results.  I am confident the taste of empowerment and discipline will satisfy you more than any guilty pleasure!

Let me know below which section above really resonated and connected with you.  Feel free to share any more reasons you think people probably get fat over the holidays too…

Vince Del Monte

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18 thoughts on “5 Reasons You’ll Probably Get Fat Over The Holidays

  1. Dont worry about upsetting people. Long term fitness is a lot more important than their short term happiness

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  2. I thought this was some excellent advice! I am personally always tempted to eat the wrong thing and it does not help that the people around me aren’t even thinking seriously about staying healthy and looking great.

    So they have no problems giving into bad food choices. Me on the other hand, have to pay the price when i over eat or cheat before my cheat meal. A person must keep their long term goals in mind to achieve them eventually.

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  3. This is similar to the “Crab Theory” that Alwyn and Rachel Cosgrove talk about- always other crabs trying to pull you down into the bucket and not let you break out to greatness!

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  4. I agree with Tom, you don’t get fat overnight, which is the truely insideous part. You eat a treat here and a treat there, they add up and then one day boom, you’ve lost all the progress you’ve made. All the points made are pitfalls of the holidays, but there are others as well. One is the smorgasboard of goodies. You want to try everything, and you stuffed yourself in order to try it all. Another is all the extra fat added to everything. Remember it’s not just potatoes, it’s MASHED potatoes loaded with cream and butter. A third is excess alcohol. Not only is the alcohol, but so are the mixers, and the alcohol’s effects make your good judgement fly out the window.

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  5. Again, well written! It’s articles like this that keep me motivated!
    “It’s planned, not randomly awarded in a moment of temptation.” Totally love that! Totally used to do that too! I’ve learned it’s all about the planning! The more I think ahead the closer I get to my goals!
    And:” The true winners are created in the kitchen, at social setting and in the grocery stores. These are the places your commitment is challenged “.
    So true! As a wife and mother of young children (I’m the chef in the family) it is definately challenging! And there are sometimes pressures put on a mom from unlikely places that catch you off guard.
    The choices you make when no one’s watching is what counts, not what you tell people. I want my kids to grow up with a healthy, balanced lifestyle so nutrition and excersise are second nature to them.
    thanks again Vince!

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  6. thanks for this! i’m currently on a cutting/diet phase right now and although its kinda a ‘hard time’ (if I MAKE it that way) with all of the holidays, this inspires me to keep even more hardcore on my clean diet than I already am to keep from slipping off from my goals. I’ve already lost a couple of pounds in the last two weeks and plan on keeping up the results till I see the abs. Thanks vince, your words/books/lifestyle is inspiring!!!

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  7. This advice depends on how often you’re in this situation. If it’s every day at work, maybe accept only on cheat days. If it’s every week or less, it seems like you could make them all cheat days. Maybe mention that it is a cheat day for you and that your diet calls for occasional cheat days to educate people. It seems like #3 could have some validity. I should say that I’m overweight, but I’m interpreting what Vince and other fit people are saying.

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  8. @Tom Rogers

    What you’re saying is 100% correct but what vince is saying in the article is also 100% correct. It’s geared at willpower, focus and dedication to your goals. I’m sure most everyone here has heard that occasional cheat meals have little effect your progress (and in fact can actually be beneficial for fat loss).
    The thing is, during the holiday season eating badly becomes an everyday thing for a lot of people rather than just ‘on occasion’. This is where the damage is done, not only causing people to gain a little fat but also to lose focus and motivation to achieve their goals.

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  9. I was really enjoying this post and then…”The true winners are created in the kitchen, at social setting and in the grocery stores.” … really got me. I’d never thought about it like that before but this has really struck a chord with me. Thanks for these wonderful words!

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  10. I agree with what you are saying. Although it hardly applies to me; if I don’t eat as much as I can, I drop weight fast.

    Looking forward to the NNMBP!

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  11. Now, that was a good article! I have had people tell me these phrases often! We cannot give in! I cannot give in! I have an awesome physique to maintain and I worked hard for it!

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  12. Always remember: Your truly supportive friends and family members will accept that you slap ’em for trying to dissuade you, and will slap you when you try and cheat yourself. It’s not the holidays without adversity!

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  13. Great blog. This is soooooo true, I have many lady friends, and the larger ones are ALWAYS saying that. I have that stubborn 10 pounds to lose, and they are always trying to get me to have one more glass of wine or dessert or whatever they are having to absolve their guilt. Love this, perfect timing for the post. I have BTW added an additional 30 minute walk to my evening ritual recently, can’t hurt to start now.

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  14. These things that you write really hit me. No doubt this advice is very beneficial for the beginner and advanced people.

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  15. In theory good advice but can’t we do better? Who wants not to have a drink or some chocolate cake when friends are around .. I do.
    So I think a better way is; you know the treats are coming so plan these as your cheat days… I just got from 2 weeks holidays ate and drank as much as I wanted at the right times and came back as I left 9% bodyfat. With some smart intense training leading up to it, some fasting and cycling calories you’ll get your cake … and did I mention it helps to reset your metabolism and more importantly your mind !
    Raymond

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  16. I agree with you wholeheartedly Vince! The main battle is in the mind, and is won on strength of character and having clear goals, and really wanting to keep the body you’ve worked so hard for! A comment that always makes me wince is “one moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips”. It’s like shooting yourself in the foot when you’ve worked so hard!

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