How to not gain weight on Thanksgiving…

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could eat as much as we wanted and it wouldn’t affect us in the weight department??

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I saw an article in Health Magazine on ways to have a No-Guilt Thanksgiving.. It gives you tips on how to stack your plate with the foods you HAVE to have without overdoing it. Here is what they suggest.

If you must have cranberry sauce: If this tangy-sweet staple is your weakness, go for a big scoop, about half the size of a tennis ball. Add matching portions of stuffing and mashed potatoes, along with a helping of skinless white-meat turkey the size of a smart phone. Have as many green beans as you want. Top it with a shot glass size portion of gravy and enjoy a sliver of pie (use two thumbnails as a width guide) TOTAL 745 CALORIES

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If you must have Turkey (Light & Dark meat) and gravy: Pile up the white and dark meat for a portion that’s as large as a bar and a half of soap. You can have enough gravy and cranberry sauce to fill a shot glass each. Keep servings of stuffing and mashed potatoes to about the size of half tennis balls, or have a whole tennis ball size portion of one or the other. Have as many green beans as you’d like. Enjoy that sliver of pie! (two-thumbnail width) TOTAL 740 CALORIES

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If you must have dessert: You can get about an eighth of the pie. Choose one favorite or two half portions of different pies. During dinner, have a thin portion of skinless white-meat turkey, stuffing and mashed potato servings should be about the size of a large egg each. Stick to a golf ball size dollop each of gravy and cranberry sauce. Have as many green beans as you’d like. TOTAL 760 CALORIES

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If you must have stuffing: Go ahead and spoon up a generous portion, about the size of your fist. To compensate for all of those carbs, keep your portion of mashed potatoes to the size of a large egg. Opt for a portion of skinless white-meat turkey about as big as a smart phone, topped with golf ball size dollops of gravy and cranberry sauce. For dessert have pumpkin or fruit pie. No need to stay with a sliver… Make a peace sign with your fingers to measure your slice. TOTAL 750 CALORIES

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There are things you can do if you don’t want to skimp on anything at the table as well.

  • Participate in a turkey trot that morning with friends/family or hit the gym for a good sweat.
  • Eat light on Wednesday and Friday making vegetables the main attraction.
  • Don’t starve yourself until you eat Thanksgiving dinner. Keep your metabolism rolling by eating small (healthy) snacks throughout the day.
  • Plan a post meal walk… A brisk walk will help you burn some calories and maybe put you in the right mindset to turn down that second slice of pumpkin pie.
  • Bring an interactive game for everyone to play — Wii dance is always a big hit!
  • Plan a workout date the very next morning. Soulcycle is offering 90 minute “Turkey Burn” classes. Ouch!
  • Volunteer to help clean up… Instead of picking at leftovers help the host clean. Not only does it burn calories but it gets you off of the couch.
  • Stop eating when you’re full. OK, this tip probably seems pretty obvious, but Thanksgiving is one of those holidays when people plan to eat until they are stuffed to the brim. Instead of seeing how much you can eat, serve yourself a small, golf-ball-size serving of everything you want—no restrictions—but have only enough to satisfy your stomach without overdoing it. Remember, Thanksgiving is oneday. Done right, you won’t set yourself back too far!

 

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