Even though the average American eats between 3000 and 4500 calories and almost 230 grams of fat on Thanksgiving day, it doesn’t mean you have to do the same to enjoy your holiday. If you’ve been following one of our diets or easy weight loss programs, you don’t want to derail all your efforts in one sitting. While you may think, “It’s just one day,” Thanksgiving bingeing can be more detrimental than that—it can snowball with leftovers and parties, and the next thing you know, you’re falling off track for the entire holiday season.
Here are a few tips to help prevent weight gain over the holiday weekend.
Slow your role by using the old school fork trick. In between every bite, put down your fork down on the table. Slowly chew and savor each bite and don’t pick your fork up again until you’re completely finished chewing. If you can, pause between each bite as long as you can without it being awkward.
If your dinner is served buffet-style, reach for the salad or appetizer plates instead of normal sized plates. This can help you slow down and not overfill your plate.
You’re going to face some of your biggest temptations at a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Instead of opting for large portions, fill your plate with samples of everything.
If you can, bring a side that is made in a less fattening style, such as low carb. There are many options you can contribute, from steamed spinach with garlic to faux mashed potatoes made with cauliflower.
This is a great day to stay on track with your exercise regimen. Hit the gym or go for a run in the morning, and stick to your exercise program all weekend, if possible. In addition, try to go for a walk after your actual dinner—it can be the start of a great holiday tradition that burns a few extra calories and promotes healthy digestion.
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