Thanksgiving is a holiday that’s all about digging in and enjoying a delicious feast with family and friends as you give thanks for all that you have in your life. But this indulgence could quickly lead to unwanted weight gain. After working really hard to achieve your fitness and weight loss goals, the last thing you want to do is throw that out the window at Thanksgiving dinner, so check out the Thanksgiving weight gain prevention tips below and be sure to implement them this year.
Eat Before You Arrive
Before you head off to your family’s big holiday dinner, consider eating a healthy meal at home. This will allow you to fill up on the foods that you know are good for you, and when you arrive at the gathering, you’ll be less inclined to overeat.
On the other hand, if you arrive at your Thanksgiving dinner hungry, especially if it took you a long time to travel to your destination, you’ll be more likely to fall victim to cravings, and it will be more difficult to control what you eat, as well as how much you eat.
Bring Food That You Can Eat
It’s always nice to bring some food to contribute to your host’s menu during the holidays, but make sure that you bring a low-calorie, low-fat option that you can enjoy while making sure you’re meeting your diet goals. Even if everything else on the table isn’t what you normally eat, you’ll have at least one dish that you can rest assured is fine.
Stick with Small Portions
It’s easy to fall victim to Thanksgiving weight gain when you’re piling various foods onto your plate, but portion control is the key when it comes to maintaining your weight or continuing to lose weight successfully. So even though you might be tempted to eat a lot, practice the same portion control rules that you’d follow on any other day. This is especially important when you’re dealing with sugary canned cranberry sauce, carb-heavy mashed potatoes, and calorie-laden pies.
Focus on Eating More Plants
Ham and turkey might seem tempting, but consume them in very small amounts, if at all, in order to reduce the fat, calories, and cholesterol that you’ll be exposed to. Instead, stick with plant-based recipes that are lean and packed with a surprising amount of protein.
By following the simple tips and strategies above, you can prevent Thanksgiving weight gain, and doing so will set you up for even more holiday feasting to come in December.