The good news is, you don’t have to derail all of your efforts this Thanksgiving. Follow these strategies to keep your waistline in check while still enjoying you holiday weekend.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Proper hydration will keep your energy levels high, while helping to regulate blood sugar levels and keep cravings in check. Often times, we mistake thirst for hunger—if you’re drinking enough water, you won’t have to worry about that.
- Don’t skip meals. Many people think that if they skip breakfast the day of Thanksgiving it will make up for some of the calories they’ll eat later. Wrong! Skipping meals slows down your metabolism so you’ll actually be burning less calories and fat throughout the day. In addition, when you skip meals, chances are you’ll feel extremely hungry when the big meal rolls around and will eat much more than you would if you ate a healthy breakfast and snacks throughout the day.
- Choose carefully. Don’t eat something just because it’s there. If you’re going to indulge in something fattening, make sure it’s one of your favorites and only take a small portion.
- Slow your role. Eat slowly and mindfully. Really listen to your loved ones and be present for the conversations instead of rushing through the meal. A good trick to use is to set your fork down between each bite and chew slowly. The stomach takes about 20 minutes to signal your brain that it’s full, so give it time to do exactly that.
- Exercise. Even though the holiday can be busy, make time to get a few workouts in this weekend. If you can squeeze in a workout on Thanksgiving morning, you’ll be way ahead of the game. You’ll rev your metabolism, burn extra calories and boost energy levels.