5 Tips For Avoiding Thanksgiving Weight Gain

Stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy aren’t usually part of a low-cal diet, but you can still savor Thanksgiving dinner without falling off the weight loss wagon. You should never dread the holidays because of your food noise. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to prove to yourself you can have a fantastic meal without overdoing it. I promise, you CAN eat delicious food without it being fattening.

Here are five tricks for keeping your portions in check at your Thanksgiving dinner.

1. Spoil  Your Appetite

Your mother always said “Don’t spoil your appetite,” but I would like to challenge that. If you fast all day in anticipation of the big meal, you’ll be starving by the time you sit down to eat, and you’ll grab extra food that you don’t need. Your food noise will want you to binge on creamy mashed potatoes, even if your food voice is telling you to check yourself before you wreck yourself!

Prevent this by grabbing a 200-calorie snack (something with protein and fiber) to eat right before you arrive (or your guests arrive) for Thanksgiving dinner. The point is to spoil your appetite so you’re not so ravenous that you can’t make a smart decision. Plus, you’ll be able to truly taste the food and enjoy it, instead of just eating for fuel.

2. Sample Everything

Thanksgiving dinner usually includes a lot more variety than your average weeknight meal. Instead of taking a full portion of each dish, give yourself a sampler platter. About two tablespoons per dish will give you a taste of everything and will fill up your plate faster than you think.

Skinnygirl tip: Use a small plate! I love this trick. You won’t even notice that your plate only fits half of what a full-sized plate holds, and your stomach will thank you.

3. Eat Slowly

Savor each bite you take and enjoy the dinner table conversation while you eat. Wait before going back for seconds. Chances are you won’t want them after that.

4. Split Dessert

Give yourself a small taste of each of the desserts being offered, and you won’t feel deprived.

5. Drink Plenty of Water

If you’re drinking alcoholic beverages, make sure you’re drinking at least as much water. Pace yourself by drinking a glass of water between cocktails or glasses of wine. This will slow down your alcohol consumption, and your appetite. Word to the wise: If things get stressful; as they sometimes do at family gatherings, go for a walk.

Last but not least, remember that Thanksgiving is really about spending time with loved ones, so be sure you spend as much time talking, laughing, playing games, or having fun outdoors, as you do eating and imbibing. If anybody comments about how much you’re eating, laugh it off. You know what feels best for you.