Holidays are always tough for dieters, and Thanksgiving is usually the most difficult holiday for your weight loss journey. Well you are in luck as we have put together some helpful tips to support you through this holiday. We also have some yummy recipes for a thinner Thanksgiving and a healthier you. Good Luck!
Start ramping up your exercise routines in the week leading up to Thanksgiving. You can lose a few extra pounds going into the holiday, knowing that you are going to overeat and gain some weight. Go on a few brisk short walks the day of Thanksgiving, and do some extra exercise in the days after Thanksgiving to burn off those extra calories.
Whatever your plan is, make sure it isn’t too extreme and it is realistic.
Focus on family and friends
You don’t need to eat to the point of discomfort to enjoy Thanksgiving, simply stop when you are full.
Chew some gum
Before and after dinner try chewing some gum to prevent from grazing and snacking.
It’s realistic to say “I’m going to indulge and enjoy myself, and I accept the fact that I will likely gain some body fat.” Rather than saying “I’m going to eat whatever I want, and pray for a Thanksgiving miracle”. Sadly, the miracle rarely happens!
Have a plan
Whether it’s to use moderation or bring healthier alternatives, go into it with a game plan and don’t stray from it.
Be the server and the dishwasher
Help serve food and clean up after this will keep you busy and can help prevent you from grazing before and/or after dinner.
Get rid of the leftovers
If you are hosting send high carb leftovers home with friends and family, this will prevent you from getting into the food that will hold you back from your weight loss goals.
Don’t starve yourself all morning, eating a healthy breakfast the day of Thanksgiving may prevent you from over eating. Also, a mid-morning coffee may help suppress your appetite as well.
Don’t eat too much
This is the most important, maybe you can try a little bit of your favorite dishes and fill up on protein and veggies to get the best of both worlds.
Watch what you drink
Drink plenty of water before during and after your thanksgiving feast to prevent over eating. Avoid drinking high calorie beverages. A great tip for wine drinkers is to fill a wine glass with ice and sparkling water and decorate with a few cranberries for color. This will help with feeling like a part of the festivities.
This isn’t an eating contest, if it were I would suggest eating as fast as possible, since the main goal of Thanksgiving is to spend time with friends and family. Let the focus be on people rather and food.
Take it easy on the alcohol
Avoid over indulging on alcohol the day before and the day of Thanksgiving. If you do drink, use moderation and chose lower carb alcoholic beverages.
Know your triggers
Know yourself, if eating pie is going to trigger you to eat like a maniac, then avoiding it altogether may be the best.
Shift some calories form the day before and after, its more about your weekly calories than your daily, use this concept in moderation.
Make healthier versions of Thanksgiving comfort foods
We have many low-carb and healthy Thanksgiving food alternatives. If you are interested in receiving them, please fill out our form here and we will email you a copy!