Tips for a Thinner Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we all know what that means. Our pants start to be a bit tighter because we are stuffing ourselves with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and pumpkin pie. I want you to all enjoy your Thanksgiving without gaining tons of weight. Here are some tips and tricks to help you stay on track this Thanksgiving!


1. Get active: go for a walk before and after dinner. Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of the year so get outside and enjoy the amazing colours! Going for walks makes you burn calories so that you don’t consume as many when it comes to dinner time. My recommendation is to do it before dinner because the turkey and mashed potatoes will make you quite sleepy after.

2. Eat Breakfast: Eating a small meal in the morning will actually give you more control of your appetite by the time dinner comes.

3. Lighten Up: Make your recipes healthier with recipes with less fat, sugar and calories.

“There is more sugar and fat in most recipes than is needed, and no one will notice the difference if you skim calories by using lower calorie ingredients,” says Diekman.

Her suggestions:

  • Use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy.
  • Use sugar substitutes in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods.
  • Reduce oil and butter wherever you can.
  • Try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles.

4. Police your Portions: Before you start slapping all the different foods on to your plate, survey the whole buffet and choose your choices wisely (don’t skip out on the veggies though!)

“Don’t waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long,” suggests Diekman. “Fill your plate with small portions of holiday favorites that only come around once a year so you can enjoy desirable, traditional foods.”

Skip the Seconds.

Try to resist the temptation to go back for second helpings.

“Leftovers are much better the next day, and if you limit yourself to one plate, you are less likely to overeat and have more room for a delectable dessert,” Diekman says.

5. Slowly Savor: Eat slowly and put your fork down. By doing this, you’ll feel fuller faster and you’ll still be enjoying all the deliciousness of the Thanksgiving Feast!

6. Go Easy on Alcohol: Alcohol calories add up quickly so “Have a glass of wine or a wine spritzer and between alcoholic drinks, (or) enjoy sparkling water,” says Diekman. “this way you stay hydrated, limit alcohol calories, and stay sober.”

7. Be Realistic:The holiday season is a time for celebration. With busy schedules and so many extra temptations, this is a good time to strive for weight maintenance instead of weight loss.

“Shift from a mindset of weight loss to weight maintenance,” says Finn. “You will be ahead of the game if you can avoid gaining any weight over the holidays.”

8. Focus on Family and Friends: Thanksgiving is not just about the delicious bounty of food. It’s a time to celebrate relationships with family and friends.

“The main event should be family and friends socializing, spending quality time together, not just what is on the buffet,” says Finn.

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Posted on October 8, 2013, in Health, Weight Loss. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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