Holiday Diet Hacks, Part 2

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Yesterday I was telling you about how I use trip advisor when I’m on holidays to find good places to eat, and avoid the dodgy crap most places peddle to tourists (http://revolutionfitness.ie/next-time-youre-holidays-try/).

It’s definitely my number one holiday tip.

Today, I want to share my number two…

…eh, tip that is.

The tip of my number two.

Oh shit.

Eh…

…eh…

…sorry.

ANYWAY.

My biggest nutrition “fear” when I’m away is that I won’t get enough protein in and I’ll lose all my gainzz. It’s irrational, but it is what it is.

Vouliagmeni Thermal Spa in Athens, where we chilled out today and I had a burger.

Vouliagmeni Thermal Spa in Athens, where we chilled out today and I had a burger.

In an hypercaloric environment (that’s one where you eat more calories than you need), protein intake is a secondary concern when it comes to preserving muscle mass since you already have more than enough energy to fuel daily needs.

Why would you body sacrifice muscle tissue when there’s juicy carbs in your bloodstream?

However… in a hypocaloric setting (one where you’re eating too little food), muscle wastage becomes a concern. Maybe not the biggest concern on a three week holiday, but enough that it plays on my mind.

So what do I do? I overeat under the guise of “I wanna have enough energy and don’t wanna lose muscle”.

I’m not sure how I deem pizza and ice cream to be the best options here, but I do. I’m clever like that. It’s science. You probably wouldn’t understand.

Or at least, that’s what I used to do.

This time coming away, I had other things to consider. The first was that we were gonna be in athens and santorini for a week before we ever hit the beach portion of our holiday, and I didn’t wanna be a fat(ter) bloated(er) mess by then, so I wanted to do something to help.

And the second is that I still have that skydive appointment in September where I have to be 94.9kg. Going away on holiday 3kg over that mark and trying to continue to lose weight while away for 3 weeks is a tall order.

I guess, once I don’t GAIN weight while away it’ll be a success.

So here’s what I did…

I brought enough protein with me to make sure I could have 2 scoops every day.

That way I was guaranteed to get at least 50g of protein in, and if you buy into the idea that you need 1.8g of protein per kg of bodyweight to stay in an ok nitrogen balance, then I only need about 125g more throughout the day to be in the safe zone, which is easy.

In essence, I’ve removed the bullshit excuse I had about it being ok to eat what I want because it was helping me not lose my gainzz.

Now, when I eat something, it has to be because I “want it”. And most of the time, without an excuse there, I don’t.

It’s only day 3, but it’s working really well so far.

I’ve a third trick too, but I’ll tell you about that tomorrow.

And no, I wasn’t drunk when I wrote this – but I could see why you’d think that.

TL;DR – bring protein powder on holidays, have 2 scoops a day, one at breakfast and one after siesta

James Hanley

Strength Coach. Performance Specialist. Dog Lover. Powerlifter. And the guy behind the scenes in RevFit that keeps the plates spinning.