By: Matt Weik
Thanksgiving is a holiday where many of us gobble until we wobble. While I like the nutrition plan of everything in moderation, it’s taken to the extreme on this particular day. Turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pies, and all of the fixings associated with this holiday will be consumed. You can even count on several people taking in some liquid calories in the form of alcoholic beverages (now we’re starting to sound like the party police).
Come Black Friday, everyone is still in a food coma and don’t feel like getting up off of the couch and shopping for some deals. They feel uncomfortable simply sitting there breathing let alone going out and fighting the crowds. So, I’m here to save your holiday by helping you make it through Thanksgiving without feeling like a stuffed turkey.
The best thing you can do is start your day on a good foot by hitting the gym and getting in your workout for the day. This will get your metabolism revving and help you burn calories before even looking at plates full of delicious food. Then, when you get to the table and look at that delicious bird, you’ll know some of that gobbler will go to work helping repair your torn down muscle fibers from your workout earlier.
If you have the time, try to fit in both a resistance training workout and then finish it off with some cardio to really annihilate calories and stored body fat.
I understand that when you are around friends and family you might like to partake in some alcoholic beverages – whether they be in for form of beer, wine, or liquor. Try to limit how much you consume by only having one or two drinks max. Try to stick to water or another zero-calorie beverage if you can.
Trust me, you’ll probably eat enough calories from your meals as is, then incorporate some liquid calories into the fold and you’re simply adding insult to injury. In fact, what you should try to do is drink a glass of water before you sit down for the meal to kickstart loading up some volume in your stomach to trick your brain into thinking that your stomach is full. This will help prevent you from overeating.
Many Thanksgiving gatherings we all attend have appetizers out on the table before the full meal. This is the perfect time to “pre-game” in a sense where you can frontload food that will help you feel satiated, so you aren’t going back for fourths or fifths of the main dish or splurging on an entire pumpkin pie or dessert. That means hitting up the appetizers that are higher in protein, fat, and fiber.
The options to consider are nuts (peanuts, pecans, almonds, cashews), vegetables (carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes), and if it’s there some shrimp with cocktail sauce load up as you’ll get a healthy dose of protein. All of these items are not only healthy food choices but can help add some volume to your stomach before the main dish comes out – ultimately, preventing you from stuffing your face.
Something we have all faced a time or two (ok, maybe more often than we want to share) is going back for seconds (or sevenths) after we’ve already had enough. Our brain hasn’t yet sent the signal that we are full so we simply keep eating. You need to know when it’s time to step away and call it quits. The best way to do this is by planning ahead. Plan one or two dishes and know that once you hit that, you’re DONE.
Now, let’s look at your plate. Your plate should be made up of primarily protein (that perfectly cooked turkey) and then you can fill the rest in with healthy carbs (vegetables) and some “not-so-healthy” choices as well in moderation. But, know your limit and stick to the game plan. Once you hit it, go put your plate in the sink or dishwasher and raise the white flag. Mission accomplished. At ease soldier.
Your food is going to be settling and before you know it, you’re not going to want to move from the couch. While the game plan to watch football all day/night might sound like a great idea, your scale will say differently in the morning and remind you of your poor choices.
Therefore, what you want to do is grab your buddies and/or family and head outside for a walk, or since you’re probably already in the mood, go toss the football around for a little before dessert is served. Burning off some extra calories post-meal is a great way to free up some additional calories so you don’t feel bad having a piece of that delicious pie later.
If you can adhere to these strategies, you will put yourself in a better position coming out of the Thanksgiving holiday. Again, I’m not here to be the party police, you’re an adult and can make your own decisions. But, I also know the wheels fall off of many diets on this day and I’d like to help prevent you from getting frustrated and taking two steps backward. I wish you an amazing Thanksgiving surrounded by the friends and family you love.
Thanksgiving can be quite stressful for many people. Those hosting the family gathering at their home are hustling around trying to get everything ready and prepared for their guests. All of the stress causes them to overeat which stresses them out even more because they’ve been trying to watch their weight.
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