The holidays naturally bring plenty of opportunities to indulge, sample, and taste the menu of friends and neighbors. As party season comes full-force, many dieters and healthy eaters may have a hard time saying ‘no’ to that pumpkin pie with whipped cream. It’s near impossible to get through a party without the appetizer plate beckoning you from the buffet table, or turning down that once-a-year treat of chocolate cheesecake. Whatever your Thanksgiving feast sabotage food item may be, there’s always the chance to enjoy just a sample. If you’re not prepared to work off those pounds before New Years rolls around, take just a few moments and navigate your way through the weeks with ease. You’ll stress less, have more fun, and enjoy a guilt-free holiday season without compromising the experience. Try these tips to prevent Thanksgiving weight gain, and learn to enjoy the spirit of Thanksgiving (without the food coma):
1. Eat that healthy breakfast: makes sure you still eat a medium-sized breakfast, ideally filled with whole grains and protein. This will prevent super-hunger mode throughout the day. Some great choices are oatmeal with fruit or scrambled eggs with veggies.
2. Don’t start the diet today. Saying ‘no’ to dieting during Thanksgiving is essential for your overall outlook during the celebration season! If you’re a frequent dieter, make the decision not to impose restrictions, but enjoy with moderation instead.
3. Eat plenty of salads and vegetables at dinner. There are usually at least one or two healthy options at the buffet table, and even taking your favorite salad to a potluck or dinner event gives you some leverage for a healthy-eating opportunity.
4. Choose the white meat. You’ll likely have the option of both dark and white meat after the turkey-carving session is over, and opting for the white meat without skin is your safest and healthiest bet. Remember that most of the fat is stored in the skin, so removing it will instantly cut calories.
5. Walk after dinner. Even though it’s tempting to just take a nap or wind down on the couch after a heavy meal, taking just a short 5-10 minute walk can do wonders for your metabolism, digestion, and overall exercise for the day.
6. Exercise early in the morning. Before the parties, before the food preparation, and before the visitors arrive, you can be well-prepared. Make some time for yourself and take a ‘time out’ with exercise first thing in the morning. If you’re not a morning person, this is a great time to take part in an activity and reap the benefits of exercise all day long!
7. Eat from a smaller plate. Don’t single yourself out as the dieter, but instead take advantage of the smaller plates or bowls available at the salad buffet and appetizer tables. You’ll likely eat less, and still have a chance to sample a few different dishes.
8. Drink lots of water. Besides staying hydrated, water can naturally curb your appetite (and help set off any alcohol overindulgence). Calories from alcohol add up just as quickly as pure sugar, so do be mindful of how much you’re drinking.
9. Enjoy dessert! There’s nothing better than dessert at Thanksgiving, and you don’t want to miss out on the grand finale. Eat lightly during dinner, and save some room for a little sweet indulgence; sampling is still the best way to enjoy from all the options.
10. If the OverindulgentBug catches you, don’t get too anxious. Anxiety about food can ruin any holiday event or get-together instantly; instead, brush it off as your once-per-year extravagance, and rest easy the rest of the day. Be sure to stay on a balanced exercise and eating plan as you count down the days to Christmas!
If weight issues persist even after the aforementioned diet plan and you are unable to exercise control, then its best to have an fda-approved treatment, with the doctor’s permission of course.