Gaining weight around the holidays is nothing new. Most people gain at least a pound between Thanksgiving and New Year's and keep that extra weight on permanently.
It doesn't have to be that way. By following these tips, you'll be able to enjoy Thanksgiving and not regret your meal choices the next day.
Try exercising early in the morning to get your metabolism going. Competing in the Urbana Park District's one-mile Turkey Trot will help you get your day started in a healthy way. If you're not a morning person, try taking a walk after dinner with your family members.
Although you might consider saving up calories for the big meal, eating a small meal in the morning may give you more control over your appetite. If you're too hungry, you'll be more likely to overindulge.
Watch Your Portions.
Survey the buffet table and decide what you're going to choose before you start piling food on your plate. Be sure to select reasonably-sized portions of holiday favorites that you cannot live without.
Skip the Seconds.
Try to resist the temptation to go back for second helpings. Remember that you can have leftovers the next day. Avoid eating until you're stuffed or full, though. Instead try to eat until you're just satisfied.
Savor Meals Slowly.
Put your fork down between bites and taste each mouthful to enjoy your meal and feel satisfied. Focus on your conversations with your relatives, too. By chatting with them, you'll automatically eat more slowly.
Go Easy on Alcohol.
Enjoy a glass of water between each alcoholic drink so that the calories don't add up too quickly.
Strive for Weight Maintenance.
With busy schedules and temptations, you should strive for weight maintenance instead of weight loss. This will help you enjoy your holiday season without feeling guilty about the extra calories that you're consuming.
To learn more about nutrition tips and tricks to stay healthy this holiday season, schedule a consultation with our registered dietitian.