Here are some simple tips to avoid weight gain over Thanksgiving:
- Avoid hunger: we often eat faster and more when we are hungry – therefore consume a wholesome breakfast and lunch on Thanksgiving day to avoid overeating at the main event.
- Thanksgiving dinner is not an all-you-can-eat buffet: fill your plate half with vegetables, one quarter with lean, skinless meat and the rest with a starch of your choice. Eat slowly and stop when you are full.
- Side Dishes – watch your portion size: go for smaller portions. That way you can sample all the different delicious foods.
- Make a conscious choice to limit high fat items: for instance, green bean casseroles are often prepared with cream of mushroom soup, cheese and milk and topped with fried onions, while candied yams are loaded with cream, sugar and marshmallows. If you cannot control the ingredients that go in to a dish, simply limit yourself to a smaller helping size.
- Drink plenty of water: alcohol and coffee can dehydrate your body. Drink water, which is calorie-free, to help fill up your stomach and control your appetite while keeping you hydrated.
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