How to “slim down” your holiday dinner to avoid unwanted fat gain

You don’t wanna be mistaken for one of the floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the days following holiday festivities. You want to know holiday season diet secrets like:

Serve steamed green beans instead of green bean casserole, ohhhh!

Serve butternut squash instead of pasta, aaaahhhhhhhh!

Serve smashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes, woooaaaahhhh!

Your corneas are already overflowing with cheat codes! But I’m just getting started. Ready for the real secret?

The best way to slim down holiday dinners

The real secret — the absolute best way to slim down your holiday dinner, eat guilt free, and prevent unwanted fat gain, is as follows:

Don’t botch your eating habits the other 300 days of the year so that you can eat thirty sticks of butter (or whatever) during your holiday feasts without consequence. 

Because here’s the deal:

One day (even an entire weekend) of feasting won’t make you fat. It just won’t. If you want a lackluster explanation as to why, click here. What’ll make you fat is treating every weekend (weekday?) as if it were a holiday.

So if you’re looking for ways to slim down your holiday dinner, I have an idea for you. But before I tell you my idea, lemme drive my point home a little further.

The low down on holiday feasting

Obsessing over the healthiness of your holiday dinner doesn’t make sense because…

If you eat like you’re supposed to most days of the year, you can eat whatever you want for the 1-3 day long holiday stretch without consequence. Won’t affect your fat loss or muscle building ambitions.

If you accept this, then…

The only reason to care about what you eat during the holidays hinges on not eating like you’re supposed to eat most days of the year.

And if you’re not eating like you’re supposed to eat most days of the year, then…

You’re already screwed.


You should eat whatever you want during the 1-3 day holiday stretch.

Here’s an idea

Given that your holiday behaviors will only matter if you’re screwing up most other days of the year, and given that screwing up most other days of the year means your holiday behaviors won’t matter anyways, here’s my idea.

Instead of looking for ways to slim down your holiday dinner, do this instead:

Capture the vigor with which you’re finding ways to slim down your holiday dinner. Use it, instead, to find out how to “slim down” the 300 other mundane days of the year so that you can apologetically drink, eat, and be merry when its time to drink, eat, and be merry.

Because if you’re slimming down your holiday feasts, your shit is backwards. Your “diet” and your mindset are broken.

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Trying to lose fat, build muscle, and build a body you’re proud of?

Maybe you’re a little lost right now.

Maybe you don’t have much motivation.

Maybe you don’t what program or diet to use.

I don’t know…

But what I do know is this:

Everything you need is inside of you.

You’re capable of more than know.

You just have to open your eyes.

My weekly column can help.

Just a small little honest note from me sent every Sunday.

Unless I’m hungover.

And then it comes Monday.

What I’m trying to say is that it’ll come Monday.

(These weekly columns don’t get posted to the site.)

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  • Brandon Stephens November 23, 2017, 4:45 pm

    Here, here, bro! I’m all about that Cheat Day life. Your Chaos Bulk book was really helpful and I always enjoy reading your emails and blog posts.

    I love Intermittent Fasting as a lifestyle and have been doing a daily vlog on my Snapchat. I learned a lot about IF from your writings and want to thank you for your dedication to the fit life.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Anthony Mychal December 1, 2017, 2:38 pm

      thanks man. i’ll check out your snapchat.