If you want to enjoy the season without broadening your waistline, try a few of these tips or tricks.
- Don’t go anywhere on an empty stomach. Eat small but healthy meals and snacks the day of the big meal. Focus on foods packed with fiber and lean protein to keep those cravings in check. This way, you won’t be starving when you get to Thanksgiving dinner. When your stomach is grumbling because it’s empty, chances are you’ll overeat or even binge.
- Squeeze a workout in. Even if you’re the one cooking, start your day off with some physical activity. It will rev your metabolism, get the calorie burn going and give you energy for your day. Ideally, hit the gym for a full workout. If you don’t have enough time, break your exercise up into 20 or 30 minutes when you wake up and another 20 minutes or so later on.
- Pause before going for seconds. It takes your brain around 20 minutes to register that your stomach is full. Give yourself time for this to happen. Note the time you start eating and wait as long as you can. If you can wait more than 20 minutes, chances are you won’t need seconds at all.
- Avoid heavy sauces and gravy. Creamy sauces and gravy typically contain lots of calories, fat and sodium. Don’t hide the taste of turkey and veggies with sauce! You’ll save a load of calories and keep your total down for the day.
- Be picky about your splurges. Don’t eat everything in sight just because it’s a holiday. Select your favorites and avoid the fattening sides that don’t get you excited.
- Give digestion a hand. After dinner, try to go for a walk to promote healthy digestion. Even a short trek around the block will do the trick. A cup of ginger tea will also do wonders for a full stomach.