Christmas can be the perfect time to gain muscle as chances are you are going to be eating a lot more calories than usual.
Read on to see how you can bulk and gain muscle over Christmas.
#1: Eat more turkey
No doubt you have bought a turkey ready for dinner on Christmas Day, but this does not mean that you need to limit yourself to only eating turkey the one day.
Turkey is a great source of protein, which is essential for muscle growth as it helps to repair the damaged muscle tissues that you have torn while working out hard at the gym.
#2: Eat more in general
Christmas time is a perfect time to bulk as there is plenty of opportunity to eat, with plenty of choices available too (read the following bulking guide to see what and how much you should be eating).
We have already discussed the benefits of turkey, but there are other foods that can also be of benefit to you, for instance:
- Lean meats
You should also drink plenty of eggnog too, this Christmas drink is full of protein obviously due to its egg content.
A good choice for an alcoholic beverage is Guinness, as it is full of calories but low in sugar and fat.
Basically, the more calories the better for muscle gain so fill up.
For some this can be difficult as some gyms wont be open. However if you want to gain muscle and make the most of the nutrients you have consumed then you need to find a way to stimulate muscle growth.
You could try bodyweight exercises if your gym is closed, for example you could try:
- Press ups
- Bodyweight squats
There are also plenty of exercises you can do even with just a pair of dumbbells so perhaps you could invest in a pair, or ask Santa for them as a present.
Keeping active over Christmas is important as these extra calories will cause fat to be gained as well as muscle.
This is an unfortunate by-product, but if you remain active over the holidays then you can keep this fat gain to a minimum.
You don’t want to have to undergo a massive cut after the New Year to see any progress do you?