The Thanksgiving holiday is typically celebrated with massive dinners and parties that make it hard to lose weight. If you want to avoid packing on the pounds during Thanksgiving, you will need to exercise a little caution. Use these five tips to get through Thanksgiving without harming your weight loss goals.
Fill Up on Veggies
Before you go to the dessert table, try eating a big plate of low-calorie Thanksgiving treats. Options like glazed carrots, green beans, salads, mushrooms, and roasted vegetables can be a great way to eat a big meal without eating a lot of calories. When fixing your Thanksgiving plate, at least half of it should be filled with nothing but nutritious vegetables.
Pay Attention to Portion Sizes
Your main goal at Thanksgiving should be to eat mindfully instead of just stuffing yourself. Though a lot of people try to eat until they are overly full, you can still appreciate the holiday while eating more reasonably sized meals. It is particularly important to choose smaller portions of rich foods like meat, gravy, desserts, and macaroni and cheese. A small amount of caution will help to ensure that you enjoy Thanksgiving without blowing your diet.
Try Intermittent Fasting
The basic idea behind intermittent fasting is that your weight relies more on overall calorie intake than when you eat. Therefore, you can lose weight by just eating one big meal a day instead of eating three normal sized meals. If you absolutely must eat a huge Thanksgiving dinner, intermittent fasting can be quite useful. Try to avoid eating anything in the hours before or after the dinner, so you can consume all your calories for the day in one big Thanksgiving meal.
A lot of the weight people gain after Thanksgiving is not really fat gain. Instead, people who feel extra heavy after their Thanksgiving meal are just feeling bloated. Carbohydrate-heavy meals encourage the body to hold onto a lot of water, so all your mashed potatoes and rolls might be the cause sudden weight gain. Though you will lose water weight eventually, it can leave you looking a little larger than normal for a few days after Thanksgiving. Therefore, it is normally best to skip the carbs if you want to look your best in the days after Thanksgiving.
Get Some Exercise
Attending your Pure Barre class is a great way to burn off your Thanksgiving meal instead of turning it into fat. Pure Barre classes have a great blend of fast-paced cardio that is particularly good for burning extra Thanksgiving calories. Thanks to the “afterburn effect,” your metabolism will also continue to run at a higher rate after exercising. If you want to get this useful metabolism boost, it is also important to exercise in the days leading up to your big Thanksgiving feast.