Easter Bank Holiday Diet Survival

Easter Bank Holiday survival techniques to keep your diet on track from our Personal Trainers, Helen and Nick.

Two bank holidays and a weekend of indulgence. But how does Easter really affect our training and diet plans?

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If you’re on a strict training or diet programme, the Easter Bank Holiday weekend can be tough. Seeing your family and friends indulge in chocolate, sweets and alcohol is difficult and hard to resist! However, if you think about the effects that these indulgences have on the body then you may think differently.

Easter Bank Holiday diet survival

We shall start with chocolate. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to tell you that you should never eat chocolate. Having a couple of squares of milk chocolate every so often will not kill you. But over Easter many people will happily scoff a couple of Easter eggs in a sitting. An Aero Easter egg has 1062kcal per 200g egg. That’s the equivalent of almost 7 normal eggs or 6 avocados. This isn’t taking into account the added nutritional value of the eggs and avocados or the hormonal imbalance that these foods can cause. An over indulgence of chocolate can also cause the consumer to feel bloated as well as cause migraines and over a period of time cause bones to lose their density. Dark chocolate on the other hand has been proven to be good for you. As with anything I wouldn’t recommend eating a whole bar in one sitting but little and often can have a positive effect on the health of your heart. Scientists have discovered that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels. Both arterial stiffness and white blood cell adhesion are known factors that play a significant role in atherosclerosis.

Bank holidays are renowned for playing a big part in binge drinking. What people don’t realise is just how much of an effect alcohol has on your body when you are training. The next couple of days after drinking you will find that your metabolic rate would have decreased. This means that the brain will be starved of glycogen, making us very lethargic and making it very hard to concentrate and focus. These effects are anything but ideal in the gym environment as you will find it harder push yourself and achieve your goals.

Within the next couple of days after drinking you will find that your fat metabolism (measure of how much fat your body burns) could have dropped by a whopping 70%! This is especially daunting as a single gram of alcohol is nearly twice the calories of a single gram of carbohydrate or protein!

Protein synthesis is also affected in a negative way from drinking. Protein synthesis is the absorption of protein. Therefore, if not all the protein is being absorbed into the muscles then we are not making as much progress as we could be.

Unlike other macronutrients like carbohydrates and protein, alcohol does not contain any nutrients meaning that it doesn’t benefit our bodies in any way. Alcohol is also the first source of energy that your body uses to fuel itself, which postpones the fat burning process and can lead to greater fat storage.

These facts are not designed to make you stop drinking alcohol, but make you aware on the effects it can have on your training goals.


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