How NOT to Gain Weight on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a holiday focused on one of the most important meals of the entire year – celebrating our gratitude and giving thanks. Unfortunately, for many people it’s also an open invitation to overindulge. The average American will consume more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving Day alone, according to the Caloric Control Council. That's 3 DAYS worth of calories in just one day!
Here’s the shocking part, though: Most of these calories come from the all-day snacking in front of the TV—not necessarily from the big meal itself.
To help keep these extra, unnecessary calories in check, use these smart snacking tips:
Guzzle WaterStay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Your body may think it's hungry when it is actually thirsty. If you need to drink something other than water, choose naturally sweetened beverages over sugary drinks and limit alcohol to just one glass.
Don’t “Save Room”Make sure you start the day with breakfast, and eat smaller meals every 3 hours thereafter until Thanksgiving meal. Don't skip meals trying to save room for later. This guarantees that you won’t be starving by the time the turkey rolls out, and you may not pile your plate as high as you would otherwise.
Get Up and MoveEnjoy your day by staying active with friends and family. Get off the couch and go for a brisk walk or participate in a Turkey Trot. It might not offset all the calories you eat, but it’ll help!
Make Smart SwapsUse sugar substitutes instead of sugar when cooking (Stevia is our sweetener of choice). Choose non-fat milk or unsweetened almond milk over heavy cream, 2% or whole milk for Thanksgiving dishes.
With a little planning, you can create an ideal Thanksgiving surrounded by good friends, family and food that doesn’t leave you regretting it the next day. Make a plan and stick to it. As you can see, just a few simple tricks will help make this year healthy and enjoyable. Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy Thanksgiving.
Heidi Powell is ACE Personal Trainer certified, as well as CrossFit Level 1 Certified.
Video: How To Not Gain Weight on Thanksgiving - Registered Dietitian Kara Corey
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