How NBA Players Can Avoid These 6 Common Holiday Eating Traps
By: Marc Gilbertson, RD, CSSD, CSOWM, LD
The holiday season is a time of joy, family, and celebration; however, it also provides some unique challenges to NBA players who are trying to maintain their optimal body weight and composition during the season. In this article, I will discuss six common holiday eating traps and how you can avoid them.
Holiday Eating Trap 1: Overeating at Parties or Social Gatherings
Professional athletes are always invited to parties or social gatherings where there is plenty of food and drink. The problem is that these events often take place in the evening when most of us are at the end of our hunger quotient for the day. I tell my players that if they know they have an event where they will be tempted to overeat late in the evening, then try to eat a little bit more earlier in the day to compensate for this. For example, if you normally eat four meals a day and normally stop eating around 5:00pm then try eating five meals a day (including a light snack) with your last meal around 3:00pm. This will help you feel less hungry during
The holiday season is a time for celebrating, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw your diet out the window. With plenty of turkey, ham and sweet potato pie coming your way, it’s easy to get carried away and overindulge. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid the common holiday eating traps that will have you feeling like a lump of coal on Christmas morning.
Here are six common holiday eating traps along with some tips on how NBA players avoid them:
The holidays are a great time to take a break from the grind of an NBA season and relax with family and friends. And, if we’re being honest, there’s no better time to eat!
For players who are used to being on the road for most of the year eating at restaurants every night, or have access to a personal chef to prepare healthy meals for them back home, the temptation of holiday food can be tough to resist.
But just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have to completely abandon your healthy diet. Here are some tips from your favorite players in the league on how they avoid holiday eating traps:
1. Eat Before You Go
Of course, you want to enjoy the party with everyone else, but if you’ve already filled up on something healthy before you arrive, you’ll be less likely to load up on unhealthy snacks. It’s also tempting to drink alcohol at holiday parties, but it’s full of empty calories—and can easily lead to overeating.
The holidays can be a fantastic time of the year, but for NBA players trying to stick to their diet, it can be an absolute nightmare.
You may think that getting all those workouts in during the season is enough, but it’s what you do off the court that counts the most.
Here are the six most common holiday eating traps and how you can avoid them.
Just because you play in the NBA doesn’t mean that you are immune to pitfalls of holiday eating. Even the most professional players can fall into traps of overeating and making poor food choices during this time of year. Here are 6 common holiday eating traps and how to avoid them:
1. Eating for the Taste: Most people who overeat during the holidays do so because they love how it tastes, but you can still enjoy yourself without completely disregarding your health. The key is to eat smaller portions, or simply try to eat more slowly. This way, you will be able to assess whether or not you are truly hungry before going back for seconds (or thirds).
2. Not Knowing What You’re Eating: In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be easy to lose track of what exactly is on your plate. Did you know that a single dinner plate could have over 1,000 calories? Make sure that you take a moment to pause before diving in, so that you can assess how much food is on your plate and how many calories each serving has.
3. Eating Too Fast: It takes some time for our brains to realize that we are full, which means that we could end up eating more than we
Don’t be lazy. Be smart. Be prepared.
Thanksgiving is upon us and with it comes the inevitable holiday eating traps that can make it hard for those of you trying to watch your weight to keep your body fat down and maintain muscle mass. But we have some easy tips for you to avoid these common traps that will make your job easier if you simply put them into use before you even sit down at the table.
Holiday Eating Trap
The holidays are filled with lots of things to look forward to, but the constant temptation of sweets and comfort food isn’t one of them.
The average American gains anywhere from 7-12 pounds during the holiday season.
That’s why we reached out to some of the NBA’s most athletic players for tips on how they stay in shape during this time of year. We asked them about their favorite holiday dishes, and how they avoid overindulging in fattening foods.