Well, I must admit, I make diet mistakes, too. Last Saturday afternoon my friend Joel Marion, from BioTrust Nutrition, had a big pool party for his family and friends.
He brought in Chipotle catering to feed all the hungry, hungry kiddos running around and swimming in his pool.
Even though I learned over my decades of nutritional studies that the best diet for most people is to eat “pretty close to Paleo“, it’s still easy to go overboard when someone puts unlimited amounts of your favorite food in the kitchen.
I love a Chipotle burrito bowl with a big scoop of guacamole.
As the day went on, we also celebrated with a few drinks. While liquid calories are a big no-no on a strict fat loss diet, there’s nothing wrong with a few celebratory drinks now and then. Good times with friends is what life is all about.
Besides, alcohol alone isn’t the problem…it’s really the booze-fueled bad diet decisions that stop our fat loss program in its tracks. If you drink a couple of beers – or have a couple of glasses of red wine – it becomes exponentially harder to turn down treats or high-calorie meals.
At dinner, I might have went back for a big second helping of Chipotle…and after that I started snacking on some high-calorie nuts and just couldn’t stop…and then (yes, there’s more!) I treated myself to a bag of potato chips.
Even though they were one of those fancy bags of Jackson’s Honest potato chips cooked in healthier coconut oil, let’s be brutally honest, they were still potato chips…and not a great choice for losing belly fat.
By the end of the day I had consumed 5,000 calories. That’s a lot of food, almost two days worth. I guess you could justify it by saying, “Hey, no worries, it was just your cheat day.”
It’s certainly nothing to cry about. There’s no point in having regrets because there is nothing you can do about the past. Whenever I make a diet mistake, I live by this philosophy:
No matter what happened yesterday, or on the weekend, today is a great day to get back on track to your big goals and dreams. Every step forward takes your farther away from the mistakes of yesterday. You can’t change the past, but you can learn the lessons, move on, and get better today and tomorrow. Stay strong and never give up on what is important to you.
On the bright side, this day of Big Eatin’ fueled one of the best ‘morning-after’ bodyweight workouts that I’ve had in a long, long time. I had no shortage of energy as I hit Joel’s Garage Gym on Sunday morning.
Here’s what I did. I split these exercises up into a couple of circuits, and spent about an hour getting it done.
Total Reps: 733
80 bodyweight rows
10 Handstand Pushups
Whew. While there’s no way to burn 5,000 calories in an hour’s workout (you’d have to run 50 miles to burn 5,000 calories!), it was probably a 600 calorie workout burn followed by a 200 calorie Afterburn.
Here’s how you can do those moves – with some exercise modifications – in a fun, fat-burning bodyweight circuit.
The Bodyweight-8 Afterburn Circuit Workout
– Do as many repetitions as you can in the recommended time.
– Rest 1 minute at the end of the circuit.
– Do 2-4 circuits.
1) Prisoner Squats – 45 seconds, rest 15 seconds
2) Close-Grip Pushups – 45 seconds, rest 15 seconds
3) Pullups or Bodyweight Rows (or DB rows) – 45 seconds, rest 15 seconds
4) Burpees or Total Body Extensions – 30 seconds, rest 30 seconds
5) Decline Pushups or Regular Pushups – 45 seconds, rest 15 seconds
6) Chin-ups or Bodyweight Rows (or DB Curls) – 45 seconds, rest 15 second
7) Walking Lunges – 45 seconds, rest 15 seconds
8) Mountain Climbers – 45 seconds, rest 15 seconds
While there’s no way to burn 5,000 calories in an hour’s workout (you’d have to run 50 miles to burn 5,000 calories!), it was probably a 600 calorie workout burn followed by a 200 calorie Afterburn.
But even more important than the workout were the lessons learned from my day of overeating. I’ve made many mistakes like these over the years and they have allowed me to create my Top 5 Fat Loss Nutrition Rules. I’ll reveal those tomorrow. Until then…
If you liked that bodyweight circuit, you’ll love the workouts we have here:
Looking forward to seeing your success story from my workouts.
Stay strong and never give up on what is important to you,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
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