The average American consumes between 3,000 to 5,000 calories during the Thanksgiving meal. Eating almost always takes the place of good health during the holidays, but Thanksgiving does not have to sabotage your health or weight.
It seems like gaining weight during the holiday season is a national pastime. Year after year, most of us pack on at least a pound (some gain more) during the holidays – and keep the extra weight permanently.
Check out these tips for a fit and healthy holiday – without sacrificing flavor or fun. Enjoy the holiday feast without the guilt – or the weight gain. After all, being stuffed is a good idea only if you are a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey!
Workout Before and After the Feast
Create a calorie deficit by exercising to burn off extra calories before you dive into your favorite foods. Take a walk or do a quick kettlebell workout early in the day and then again after dinner. It’s a wonderful way for your family to get physical activity and enjoy the holiday together.
You could also plan some outdoor fun before dinner, like the traditional game of football with the kids. Instead of feeling bloated and lethargic and lonely, try doing a workout the next morning.
Eat Breakfast Before the Big One
While fasting until the big meal might make sense to save up calories, experts say eating a small meal in the morning can give you more control over your appetite.
Start your day with a small breakfast – such as an egg with a half of a sweet potato. Or you could try Mike Dolce’s Breakfast Bowl so you won’t be starving when you arrive at the feast.