Thanksgiving is a holiday tradition filled with family, fun, food, food, food, alcohol and football. Leftovers consist of more food and about 2-5 extra pounds. The average person will consume approximately 3000 – 4500 additional calories during the Thanksgiving eat-a-thon weekend.
Use these 10 Nutrition Tips to Survive Thanksgiving this year. You can Download the full guide here --> Request Download or keep reading the blog
DO NOT SKIP MEALS! Limit your intake of calories leading up to the big day. Eat breakfast and a protein-packed lunch before the big feast. If you starve yourself during the day, you could wind up SO hungry that by the time you sit down at the dinner table you eat WAY too much food
Go for lean, white meat turkey to get the most bang for your calorie buck. Dark meat has about 15% more calories and 30-40% more fat than light meat. If you prefer the dark meat, then at least take off the skin since that is where most of the fat (added calories) is.
Start with the protein (animal or vegetarian). Start with your protein choice and then work on the vegetables. Leave the starchy carbs until the end. The protein will help slow the brake down of the starchy carbs. All that chewing will help you to feel full before you get to the starch.
Pause and take some breathes. After you finish each dish on your plate put your fork down. Take a couple of slow deep breathes. Enjoy what you’ve previously eaten before starting on the next dish. The deep breaths don’t have to be obvious. Taking pause and some deep breathes will also help aid digestion.
Choose calorie free beverages. If you are going to be having alcoholic beverages then everything else you drink should be calorie free. Skip the pop, coffees and juices. Drink lots of water to avoid the dehydration that comes along with drinking too much.
Ask if you can make a side dish and make it a tasty guilt free dish so you will have at least one thing to splurge on. Veggie dishes don’t have to be boring. We’ve provided a couple of tasty and easy to make side dishes that are waistline friendly that guests will still love to eat.
Burn calories! The more calories you burn with activity, the more food you can consume without feeling terrible about it. Do not skip the exercise leading up to the feast or on the day of. Make time to get to exercise and raise your heart rate. Your metabolism will thank you for it. By the Way we are running two sessions in the morning at South Shore Fit Body Boot Camp. If you are a member and/or want to try us out…go to http://www.southshorefitbody.com/schedule
Wear form fitting clothing and you will be less likely to overeat. No sweat pants or stretchy pants. No one wants to see you with your pants unbuttoned after the meal.
Use a salad plate instead of a regular dinner plate. If your plate is smaller you will not have as much room on it and won’t overload it with too much of the stuff you shouldn’t have a lot of. Also, this helps trick your eye; no one likes to see half their plate empty.
Keep your goal in mind! Although you may only overindulge a couple times over the holidays a little plus a little plus a little adds up to a whole lot. Remind yourself why you are choosing to lose weight and keep that goal in the forefront of your mind.
BONUS TIP: Have a grab and go snack about 45 minutes prior to the main meal. Having approximately 70 – 100 calories will help you to minimize your level of hunger so you can better control your portion sizes
Hard Boiled Egg
Handful of Nuts
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Shakeology (available in studio or at www.shakeology.com/leon329)