Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and remembrance. It is also a time to appreciate your near and dear ones. While it is a joyous occasion, it can sometimes lead to over-indulgence and excess weight gain. But there is hope! Use the following 7 easy ways to avoid excess weight gain this Thanksgiving.
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1. Get more active
It makes sense that since you are eating a little bit more than usual, you must also get more active. The winning formula to a thinner thanksgiving is moving a little bit more than usual. Take a walk before/after dinner, or play outdoors with the kids. Take the pet out for a walk thrice a day. Avoid using the escalator at the shopping mall. Climb the stairs where possible, and park a little further when you go shopping. Involve the whole family in some kind of physical activity.
2. Do not skip breakfast
Often people feel tempted to skip breakfast so that they can indulge a bit more during lunch. However, experts believe this to be the wrong way of doing things. When you skip breakfast, you are not doing your body any favor. Instead, eat a small meal in the morning and make sure you include protein in your breakfast. This way, you can take the edge off hunger during lunch and dinner and eat smaller portions during these main meals. Eating breakfast can also help you avoid indiscriminate snacking.
3. Cook sensibly
You can have greater control over your food intake by offering to cook during Thanksgiving instead of visiting someone. This way; you can cook smarter and swap heavier, calorific ingredients with their lighter counterparts. For example, you can use light cream, skim milk or fat free chicken broth. Your desserts could also be made without heavy cream and sugar. Here are some other ideas for lighter cooking:
- Use maple syrup, agave nectar or honey instead of sugar. Apple sauce is also great for baking recipes.
- You can use avocado pulp in place of butter.
- Try to replace regular chicken broth with fat free varieties to baste the turkey or make the sauce.
- You can go for plain or fat-free yogurt for making mashed potatoes, gravies or dips.
4. Go for smaller portion sizes
This is the easiest way to not gain weight during Thanksgiving. Do not deprive yourself; instead, eat smaller portions and enjoy every dish being offered. Choose your food wisely- say no to breads and go for generous portions of fruit and vegetables. Consume smaller portions of desserts or share it with someone. Choose whole grains, low fat broth, salads and other foods containing more fiber and water to get that full feeling.
5. Choose beverages wisely
Select water or herbal tea as far as possible. Avoid caffeinated drinks and say no to alcohol. Also avoid sugary beverages, sodas etc.
6. Keep realistic goals
It is perfectly normal to get into the ‘relaxed celebratory mood’ during this holiday. Instead of striving for weight loss, go for weight maintenance. Thanksgiving is a time to relax and have fun with friends and family but, at the same time, it is important not to go overboard or starve yourself.
7. Keep your focus on other things
Thanksgiving is a time to socialize and spend quality time with loved ones. It is not just a time to think about food. While you may certainly indulge a bit, focus on having fun with your guests instead of just focusing on the buffet.
The majority of us end up packing pounds during the Holidays. Thanksgiving comes once a year, so why not indulge! However this holiday need not sabotage your ‘getting-in-shape’ plans. If you are looking for easy and guilt-free ways to a thinner thanksgiving, we hope the above tips and easy ways help you. Happy Thanksgiving!