How to Cheat Your Way Through Thankgiving

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DEBRIEFING:  I have a mission for you.  Follow the steps in this article, and you will have stuffed your face at Thanksgiving, enjoyed your meal to its fullest, and gained no fat in the process (potentially even losing some).

Some of the steps might be tough, seem counterintuitive, or even strange.  Trust me.  I’m on your team.  Here’s what to do on the day(s) of your Thanksgiving meal:


  • Sleep in.  Make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before.  This will make your body have more energy, helping you to not crave every morsel of food in the house.  It will also help increase your insulin sensitivity.  This means that you can handle eating more carbs without them being stored as fat.
  • Skip breakfast.  That’s right.  You read that correctly.  There are numerous studies showing the benefits of skipping breakfast (more to come on that in the future).  The bonus of skipping breakfast is that you’ll have laser sharp focus.  Keep yourself busy and you’ll be more productive, and stay in fat-burning mode until you eat your first meal.  When it comes to calorie intake for the day, skipping breakfast will drastically reduce your total calories eaten.  WARNING:  Only eat breakfast if you have a past with eating disorders.  Skipping breakfast might trigger those negative feelings and emotions, and could potentially bring back the eating disorder.
  • Drink lots of water.  A hydrated body is one that is optimal at burning fat.  Also, the cognitive functions from the result of being hydrated are unsurpassable.  Bonus:  you’ll feel full.  Be prepared to pee a lot.


  • Eat your first meal of the day approximately 4 hours before you have your big dinner.  Make this a small meal consisting of protein, veggies, and healthy fat.  An example of this could be 2-3 egg omelette with peppers, onions, spinach, tomatoes; all cooked in coconut (or extra virgin olive) oil.  Take your fish oil.  If you still feel hungry half an hour after this meal, eat more vegetables.

1 Hour Before Dinner

  • Sneak off to the bathroom (or the basement, your room…whatever) and pound out a set of 30 lunges (each leg), and a couple of sets of pushups (you decide the number of reps).  The goal here is to not sweat.  Keep the room cold (if possible) so you don’t perspire.  The reason you’re doing this is so that most of the carbs you eat at this meal will not be stored as fat.  It’s a sneaky way to partition your macronutrients to do what you want.
  • Take 100mg – 200mg of R-Alpha Lipoic Acid.  This will help you to handle eating carbs even more!  This is a great way to help prevent a carb-coma.

Dinner Time

  • If possible, don’t drink any alcohol with your meal.  Drinking alcohol will cause any food that you put into your mouth to be stored as fat.  Enough said.
  • Take your fish oil before you start eating.
  • Drink only water with this meal.
  • During this meal, you can eat as much as you want.  The only rule is that for your first serving, you have to fill up your plate with 1-2 palms of protein, with the rest of the space on the plate being filled with non-starchy vegetables.  For a normal sized plate, this means approximately 2 cups of veggies.
  • After this, eat whatever you want.  Rolls?  Go ahead.  Stuffing?  Hell yes.  Potatoes?  You bet.  Dessert?  Of course.  Enjoy this meal.  You earned it.

After Dinner

  • Drink lots of water.  You are only allowed water for the next 3-4 hours.
  • If you plan on drinking alcohol later, you’re not allowed to eat for the rest of the day (you probably won’t want to eat anyways because you’ll be so full from dinner).

3 to 4 Hours After Dinner

  • You’re now allowed to start drinking alcohol (if you choose).  If this is your choice, you’re not allowed to eat until tomorrow.  Choose wisely.
  • If you choose to eat again instead of drinking alcohol, go ahead.  Have some leftover meat and veggies from dinner.  Accompany this with some more fish oil.

Before Bed

  • The day is over and you feel awesome.  You enjoyed your meal, and don’t have to worry about getting fat.  You did a great job, and should be proud of yourself.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving, and is very well fed!

I bet you can't finish this big guy.