For those who are dieting, Thanksgiving is a challenging day. In one day, many people consume enough calories for two days. Many people gain extra pounds during the holidays and keep the weight on permanently, thanks to overindulgence.
You can, however, keep Thanksgiving from sabotaging all of the efforts you have made to stay healthy and lose weight. Here are four easy tips to help you stay on track with your diet and still enjoy the holiday.
Remember the Correct Portion Sizes
If you want to enjoy Thanksgiving Day without wrecking your diet, pay attention to portion sizes. The right-sized serving can allow you to have all of your favorites and keep your calories in check.
Stick to the following portion sizes for your Thanksgiving favorites:
. Turkey -- One serving is about the size of your palm. Turkey is a lean meat that is high in protein, so it is okay to eat more than one serving, but skip gravy and skin.
. Garden salad -- Have as much as you want, but limit the dressing.
. Gravy -- One 50-calorie serving is as big as a golf ball.
. Mashed or sweet potatoes -- One serving is about the size of a scoop of ice cream.
. Cranberry sauce -- ¼ cup is one serving. This is about the size of a spool of thread.
. Pie -- Help your waistline stay slim by sticking to one slice that equals about ⅛ of the pie.
Eat a Breakfast Rich in Protein
You may think that it would be helpful to skip breakfast, since you will be eating so much later, but that plan will likely backfire and result in consuming more calories than you would have if you had eaten breakfast. Instead of skipping breakfast Thanksgiving morning, eat a breakfast that is rich in protein. It will help you feel fuller later in the day, decreasing the chance that you will overeat at dinnertime.
The holidays are not the time to skip your workout routine. In fact, it is a good idea to ramp up your workouts just before Thanksgiving. This will allow you to indulge in your favorite foods this year and not experience a significant weight gain. Try signing up for a Thanksgiving 5K walk/run, or track and increase your steps. These are easy ways to get more active.
Choose a Classic Dessert
No, you do not have to skip dessert this Thanksgiving in order to stay on track with your diet. Choose a classic: pumpkin pie. This time-honored favorite is one of the healthier desserts. Not as calorie-laden as pecan pie, it has approximately 40 percent fewer calories. Just be sure to skip the whipped cream.
If you have been working hard to maintain or lose weight, do not despair. Thanksgiving does not have to set you back. The tips above will go a long way toward helping you stay on track with your diet.
Article From Inter Valley Health Plan