Enjoying Thanksgiving Food Without Weight Gain

By Virginia Laird

Thanksgiving is an exciting time of the year. Many look forward to spending time with family. While others begin to crave every Thanksgiving food that may grace their table. Health and wellness experts advise that those who partake in such food as desired may find themselves a few pounds heavier at the end of the holiday season. Still, experts suggest there are a few tips to follow which can help you avoid such weight gain, including:

  • Use the rule of the tablespoon
  • Drink plenty of water daily
  • Eat light throughout the day

Use the Rule of the Tablespoon

The rule of the tablespoon is one that is recommended by a host of health and wellness experts. Essentially, this rule suggests that you may taste each dish at your holiday table using only a tablespoon to measure. This can help you control the portions placed on your plate. These experts suggest it is vital that you remember that choosing to abide by this guideline means consuming only one tablespoon helping, without going back for seconds. Many experts advise this rule can help you enjoy your holiday parties and gatherings comfortably and without drawing attention to your calorie counting and weight watching.

Drink Plenty of Water Daily

Water is a zero calorie beverage which can serve as a filler. For this reason, health and wellness experts suggest that staying properly hydrated can help curb your appetite. Research provides sufficient evidence to believe that consuming at least half of your body weight in ounces each day can help keep you properly hydrated. Although during the holidays you may find yourself surrounded by every party punch and beverage known to man, choosing water more often than not is one of the best ways to help you track your calories.

Eat Light Throughout the Day

For many, thanksgiving parties include pumpkin spice galore, apple cider, and many other treats and snacks which can prove to be loaded with calories. There are many who look forward to such party food with excitement that skipping meals throughout the day takes place in an effort to save their calories for the party. Health and wellness experts suggest this is not wise. Research suggests that choosing to starve all day to prepare for a night of indulgence in all the party delights can backfire. Rather than attending a party with an empty stomach, it is best to eat light throughout the day. This can prevent you from overeating.

Now you are ready to attend party after party this fall and winter while keeping those unwanted pounds off. Happy Holidays!

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