By: Madison Winston (NASM-CPT)
The Holidays are officially here! Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, count our blessings, and eat lots of good food. According to a Consumer Reports study from 2017, the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories at their Thanksgiving meal. However, your favorite meal of the year doesn’t have to cause havoc on your waistline.
Here are some tips to get through our favorite day:
- Go on a walk with your family before dinner
- Eat breakfast – this will help control your hunger hormones to prevent you from overeating later in the day
- Fill up half of your plate with vegetables – try to make your plate colorful!
- Bring a healthy dish to share
- Eat lots of turkey – a great source of lean protein
- Choose your favorite sides and scoop them sparingly – depriving yourself of your favorites can cause you to overindulge later
- Don’t waste calories on foods you don’t really care about
- Practice portion control with dessert
- Don’t drink your calories
- Drink a glass of water before sitting down to eat as we can confuse hunger and thirst
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