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Your Thanksgiving Strategy

Fly Feet Running Thanksgiving Strategy

Ok, it's coming... the biggest eating holiday of the year.  What's your strategy?  For me, going in with intention is important, otherwise the wheels just fall right off.  Luckily, I'm surrounded by people that are chock full of hacks to help you stay on track.  So, I'll just cut right to the chase - here are the best ones that we use in the Fly Feet Family:

16 hour fast

Aaron loves this one.  Doing a fast increases your metabolic rate, lowers insulin levels and increases human growth hormone.  He takes it one step further and likes to do a fasted workout because the body burns fat first.  I eat an early dinner on Wednesday, work out Thursday morning, and then have breakfast.

Drink your body weight in ounces of water

Drinking water helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste, and acts as an appetite suppressant.  It just makes you feel full.  

Make your training session high in intensity

Because EPOC.  (Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption.)  This is the key to losing weight and seeing physiological adaptation.  All of the studies indicate that if you train at a high enough intensity, it will have measurable effects that last up to 36 hours after exercise, vs. a longer slower run in which the body returns to homeostasis right when you're finished with the activity.  I like these travel workouts.

Get enough sleep

Not sleeping enough sleep messes with your hormones which increases your cravings … which is lethal during this time of year.  This is especially helpful if you're doing the 16 hour fast - - spend most of those hours sleeping!

Commit to the meal

It's tempting to just graze alllll daaaayy loooong.  I commit to the meal.  Not the appetizers and all of the other stuff around.  Just the meal.  If I want that stuff I eat it as part of the meal.  

I'm always more successful when other people are on board with not going off the rails - so get your family and friends involved and have a wonderful Turkey Day!!

All Hail the Treadmighty,