Thanksgiving is filled with turkey, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, and don’t forget all the desserts! Thanksgiving is time spent around the dinner table with family and friends and splurging and eating everything in sight. However, there is a consequence for eating all that delicious food. The average American gains about 1 pound during Thanksgiving. While I know that doesn’t seem like a big deal, statistics show on average American’s never lose that one, teensy-tiny, pound. We’ve compiled 4 tips to help keep your thanksgiving on the skinny side.
Staying active during the holidays is one of the most important things you can do for keeping off the dreaded holiday pounds. If you’re short on time check out our article on quick and easy work outs.
Mom always told you that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and it still holds true to this day. You might think skipping breakfast will help you save calories and carbs for extra turkey and stuffing but really it can lead to overeating at the big meal.
You shouldn’t deny yourself anything you really want, regardless of if it’s a holiday or not. Nonetheless that does not mean to eat copious amounts of desserts and not be willing to pay for it at the gym on Black Friday. Portion control is key to enjoying everything at Thanksgiving and not gaining 10 pounds.
Modify your Recipes.
Modifying your recipes is an easy and quick way to cutting back calories and fat in your turkey dinner. Try eating white mean instead of dark meat (you can save about 8 calories per serving) but really try to avoid eating the skin of the turkey (which can save you roughly 50 calories per serving). When making your famous mashed potatoes, use heavy cream instead of whole milk and save about 160 calories per serving. In general try cutting back on sour cream, whole milk, marshmallows, and don’t cook your stuffing in the bird (drippings from the inside of the turkey add calories).
With these four tips we hope you’ll be able to save a couple calories (and hopefully a couple pounds) this Thanksgiving.