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11/28/2013 10:50:55 AM - Chase Karnes
How I Plan to Minimize Thanksgiving Day Damage While Dieting

I am currently training for The 2014 Arnold Amateur Strongman Fitness World Championships. This will be held at The Arnold Sports Festival Feb. 28th through March 2nd in Columbus, Ohio. I’ll be competing in the Lightweight 185# division.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

So as you all know I’m currently dieting The Arnold. And with Thanksgiving here that does suck just a little. I have two Thanksgiving meals to attend. One is today and the other is tomorrow evening. So how do I plan to handle Thanksgiving and dieting?


I decided to pick one meal to eat at. Since my Grandma is pretty much the best cook in the world I’ve chose to eat at hers which is actually tomorrow afternoon. So today I will actually eat as my plan is laid out for most of the day. At the dinner this evening I’ll be eating turkey, green beans and mashed potatoes and lining this up with my macros for today as close as possible – which won’t be hard at all.

Then tomorrow morning I’ll have my typical event day breakfast. This will be followed by training events. Post workout I plan to cut my carbs in my post workout shake in half. So instead of 100g I typically take in after event day it’ll only be 50g. Then I’ll follow that shake up with a small meal about an hour later with about 30g of protein and no carbs or fat. Then I’ll eat whatever I’d like at my Grandma’s Thanksgiving Dinner.

This will include:

Turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, rolls, cranberry sauce, seven layer salad and of course a piece of pie.

What I will not do:

Binge or stuff myself. Eat more than one plateful. Continue eating once I’m full. Drink her amazing southern sweet tea that’s full or sugar.

Then sometime after that meal and before bed I plan to have some chicken breast and veggies.

So while I’m not sure where my calories and macros will fall for the day I do know a few things. My protein intake will be sufficient. I’ll minimize the damage by controlling my other meals that day and my portions at that meal. Since it’s an event training day it would be my highest calorie day of the week anyways and my body will handle to extra calories better. And I’m going on almost 4 weeks of being in a calorie deficit, so one higher calorie day won’t do much damage.

I’ll also be going for a fasted walk on Saturday morning for about an hour or so. I’ll be back on my plan 100% Saturday.

Get Extra Bloated For Me,
Chase Karnes

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