It is estimated that the average person eats in excess of 3,000 calories at the annual Thanksgiving feast, which is why many people consider it to be one of the least healthy meals of the year. However, North Carolina’s best personal trainer shows you how to your use leftover Thanksgiving turkey to build muscle and burn fat!
It’s that time of year again, time for Thanksgiving! People tend to associate Thanksgiving dinner with gluttony and horrible holiday weight gain. Blame the stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and the pumpkin pie for that, but leave the sexy turkey out of it! Turkey is packed with lean protein that elevates metabolism and promotes fat burning and lean muscle growth at the same time. It is also a very lean protein, meaning there is very little fat in it, (remember to remove the skin though!).
Protein is the what your body uses to build lean muscle and burn body fat (fat and carbs simply provide energy). More specifically, regular protein intake is vital in repairing your muscles from activities like strength training and interval cardio training. In addition, getting enough protein every 3-4 hours is essential in maintaining your current levels of lean muscle tissue.
This is important because the more lean muscle tissue you have the larger your metabolic engine, thus the more calories (and fat) you can burn on a daily basis since lean muscle tissue requires lot of energy to sustain and repair itself. Muscle Is Your Metabolism!
Protein is also less likely to be stored as body fat, and the mere act of digesting protein requires more than twice the energy to digest than carbohydrate and dietary fat. So, if there is any food choice that you can truly get away with overeating this holiday season, it will be turkey.