Now that I’ve successfully dieted for 1 month, a small craving has started to take shape in the dark crevasses of my stomach. No, it’s not yellow fever, it’s something all serious lifters and fitness enthusiasts are well acquainted with: the craving of a monster junk food day! You know what I’m talking about. The kind of day where you let your drapes hang down low to cover the shameful scenes about to take place. Yep, we’ve all been there – balls deep in gravy, pizza, Ben & Jerry’s and a lot of other freaky stuff. The kind of day when it’s you vs. the food and your not ashamed to admit it! (Until perhaps afterwords).
So, if having a monster junk food day is inevitable, I decided to look for a strategic plan to minimize the damage and recover fast! The more I started thinking and looking, the more optimistic about the outcome I started to become. I think it’s possible to recover in 1-2 days, with some smart planning and a good “pre-game” set up. I talked some strategy with coach John, and a plan started to take place in my minds eye.
And lord knows I’ll need it. My friends know that I can pack a serious load of calories in one sitting. In some cases, junk food days have set my diet back almost 2 weeks! My record day weighs in at almost 8000 consumed calories. Could I beat my own record? I’ve recently discovered some new tasty candidates (like nutella tiger donuts) that could help me break my old record.
The set up
The honorable date of the junk feast is set to Sunday 6:th March. I will have plenty of time to prepare. In fact, all of next weeks food planning and training is set up to minimize the damage. Here’s how it’s done. The first and most logical thing to do is to create a caloric deficit leading up to the monster day. I’ll be weight lifting on Monday and Tuesday as normal, and have my normal calories. Then, Wednesday to Saturday will be low calorie days with minimal carbs but high protein, to create the deficit but preserve muscle mass. No lifting but a short cardio interval session. To drain the last bit of glycogen, I will do a brutal full body workout on Sunday and then start my junk day. I will also try some strategic tips from Tim Ferris’s book “The 4 hour body” where he has a chapter about just this topic. To aid a speedy recovery, Monday will be a total fasting day with calories only from BCAA and some casein. This is what the basic plan looks like – check back after Monday 7:th for a full detailed review, all of the tricks, and how the plan worked (and if I beat my record calories).
So what to eat? The art of monster junking is a sacred holy art. We all have our specialties and peculiar tastes. I’m pretty set for my “base”, and I’m eager to see if the local big supermarket has some new goodies to try. Here is what I’m aiming for (spread out during the day):
1 kebab pizza with french fries on top + garlic dressing
1 pizza with curry, peanuts, banana, salami and egg + Bearnaise sauce
1 bag of Herr’s jalapeno poppers, 1 bag of Doritos + dip
1 box of Ben & Jerry’s peanut butter cup, 1 box of Ben & Jerry’s blueberry greek yoghurt cheesecake
2 Chocolate fudge brownies, 4 nutella tiger donuts, Lindt creation filled coconut
The observant will notice that I haven’t listed ANY beverages. Well that’s just my monster junking style. I simply believe beverages takes up a lot of unnecessary stomach space, and quite frankly I’ve never been a soda guy. I’m not shy about the fact that I dislike the huge soda companies like cola, and it’s just something I never buy. Ice water it the way to go! Well it’s soon past my bedtime here so I’ll sign off. Can’t wait to lay my head against the pillow and start dreaming about the upcoming event 🙂