Thanksgiving is the holiday that invites everyone to overindulge. In fact, studies have shown that most Americans consume between 4,000 and 4,500 calories during a traditional Thanksgiving meal. However, that doesn’t mean you have to pack on the holiday pounds. Below are a few tips to keep in mind that may help you stave off weight gain this Thanksgiving.
One way to avoid the guilt associated with overindulging on Thanksgiving is by exercising before you eat. Just 30 to 45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise early in the day will get your metabolism revved up before you eat. This means you will continue to burn calories throughout the entire day. In addition, exercise may help squelch your appetite, so you eat less.
There are a few healthy changes you can make to the recipes you love, making them less fattening. Some suggestions that may help include switching wheat bread for white when making stuffing and eating sweet potatoes baked instead of placing them in a fattening casserole.
Protein is more satisfying and filling than fatty foods and carbohydrates. For this reason, you may avoid overeating if you eat more protein. Turkey is a staple at Thanksgiving meals and is a great source of protein. The white meat is the leanest part of the turkey. Other protein sources include fish, pork, chicken and lean cuts of beef.
One way to avoid overindulging is to eat slowly. When you take your time at the table, your brain sends signals that let your body know its full. It may also help to drink a glass of water during your meal, which also helps you feel full faster. You can also follow up your meal with a quick walk around the neighborhood, which will help boost your metabolism and reduce the amount of fat your body stores.
It is possible to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, without packing on pounds. Using these tips should help you accomplish this goal. To avoid weight gain, it is important that you get back to your normal diet routine the day after Thanksgiving, no matter how tempting the leftovers may be.
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