As Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaches many of us will be enjoying large bountiful meals and treats with our family and friends. The high caloric content of holiday cooking leads to typical weight gain, but there are ways to avoid any weight gain. This article is going to look at 10 tips to help avoid the holiday bulge, and how they can be easily implemented without much work.
1. Limit portions
Even though limiting portions may seem like an obvious way to avoid Thanksgiving and holiday weight gain many of us still overeat. Deserts such as pecan pie are rich in calories and help add to the holiday weight gain. Limit portions when it comes to deserts, but load up on vegetables and water to get the “full” feeling without eating too much.
2. Work out (just a little)
Working out is overwhelming for a good majority of people, it typically brings up thoughts of spending long hours at the gym after a long day of work, but that is just not the case. Moderate exercise such as briskly walking, pushups, sit ups, or jogging are all great free ways to work out without a gym membership.
3. Avoid seconds
I am as guilty as anyone as far as going for seconds on my Thanksgiving meal, but I also am only 150 lbs at 5′ 11″. Eating seconds on Thanksgiving will not make you gain weight, but eating the same portions throughout the whole holiday season will.
4. Extend leftovers
A favorite in my family is to eat leftovers from the Thanksgiving dinner later on during the night; this kind of behavior is what leads to weight gain. Use leftovers for meals throughout the week instead of immediate high calorie snacks.
5. Skip the gravy
Gravy is a staple of a traditional Thanksgiving feast that can be put on almost any item on the dinner plate. Gravy can be either lean or fatty depending on the way it is made, but either way is loaded with extra unneeded calories.
6. Drink a lot of water
Water is not only healthy but also makes you feel full. Drinking 2-3 glasses of water right before a meal will stop overeating from occurring.
7. Limit desert
Desert is one of the best parts of a Thanksgiving meal and is a prime holiday staple during the winter months, but desert is also loaded with calories. Do not deny yourself desert, but rather choose a small portion instead of a heaping portion. If you are still hungry when going for desert then try eating some vegetables or drinking water before hand.
8. Sample before filling up a plate
The best way to not gain weight during Thanksgiving is to sample all the food you want before piling on heaping portions. Your body will not feel full for about 20-30 minutes after it is actually full; by limiting portions early it will prevent overeating.
9. Don’t stress out
Stressing out about overeating actually can cause weight gain as well; enjoy the holiday season, but in proportion.
10. Eat a large healthy breakfast beforehand
How does eating a large breakfast actually help you keep the calories off? If you are not hungry come dinner time then chances are you will actually eat less of the high caloric foods. Eating a large breakfast will give a “full” feeling longer throughout the day without adding extra unwanted calories.