10 Tips for a Thinner Thanksgiving
Enjoy the holiday feast without the guilt -- or the weight gain.
Eating slowly, putting your fork down between bites, and tasting each
mouthful is one of the easiest ways to enjoy your meal and feel satisfied with
one plate full of food, experts say. Choosing whole grains, fruits, vegetables,
broth-based soups, salads, and other foods with lots of water and fiber add to
the feeling of fullness.
Spread out the food and fun all day long. At the Finn family Thanksgiving
gathering, they schedule dessert after a walk, while watching a movie
"We eat midday, and instead of another meal at dinnertime, we continue
the feast with dessert a few hours after the main meal," Finn explains.
Go Easy on Alcohol
Don't forget those alcohol calories that can add up quickly.
"Have a glass of wine or a wine spritzer and between alcoholic drinks,
(or) enjoy sparkling water," says Diekman. "this way you stay hydrated,
limit alcohol calories, and stay sober."
The holiday season is a time for celebration. With busy schedules and so
many extra temptations, this is a good time to strive for weight maintenance
instead of weight loss.
"Shift from a mindset of weight loss to weight maintenance," says
Finn. "You will be ahead of the game if you can avoid gaining any weight
over the holidays."
Focus on Family and Friends
Thanksgiving is not just about the delicious bounty of food. It's a time to
celebrate relationships with family and friends.
"The main event should be family and friends socializing, spending
quality time together, not just what is on the buffet," says Finn.