Four Ways to Avoid Overeating on Thanksgiving Day

Lisa Gulley Health Guide
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    Did you know that the average Thanksgiving Day meal has over 2000 calories? That is for just ONE meal, not for the entire day. Although it is tempting to go overboard with all the delicious foods, keep in mind your goals and how you will feel after eating all those calories. Here are four tips to help keep you on track on Thanksgiving Day.


    1. Choose more protein: Not only does protein fuel your muscles, it helps you feel full, for a longer period of time. Drink a protein shake before your meal and then fill most of your plate with turkey.


    2. Limit the alcohol: Not only is it full of sugar and empty calories, it can also lead you to overeating. Drink as much water as you can before, during, and after the meal.

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    3. Plan a workout: Find a fun Turkey Trot or special Thanksgiving Day workout to do that morning to get your metabolism revved up prior to eating. After your meal, go for a long walk instead of hanging out on the couch watching football. The more you move, the better you will feel and it will aid in digestion.


    4. Take a few bites: No need to completely deprive yourself and be upset that you cannot enjoy the meal. Take a few bites of the items you love and enjoy them. It is a special day to enjoy with your family and those few extra calories will be okay in the long run. No need to go all out, but also no need to deny yourself either.


    Keep in mind that delicious foods and desserts are available all year long, so there is no reason you need to stuff yourself like a Thanksgiving Day turkey. Enjoy some food, enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday!


    Updated October 27, 2016

Published On: November 20, 2014