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Thanksgiving Calories, Without the Guilt

Just Have a Plan for Getting Your Diet Back on Track, Experts Say

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In November 2005, Thomas walked away from the finale of NBC's Biggest Loser $100,000 richer after losing 185 pounds in nine months.

Now a motivational speaker, Thomas specializes in helping extremely obese people lose weight.

Thomas' strategy for staying in control during the holidays involves planning.
"If you plan to get some exercise the morning of Thanksgiving and the morning after, that will go a long way to keeping you on track," he says. "And develop a plan for holiday eating so you don't eat everything in sight."

Some of Thomas' other tips include:

  • Enjoy the foods you really love in reasonable portions, but skip the foods you don't.
  • Plan activities to compliment the day that everyone can do together. "Make it about more than just the food," he says.
  • If you are the cook or are contributing to the holiday meal, make a dish that you like that meets your nutritional needs.
  • Clear the table and put the food away immediately after the big meal and send food home with guests.
  • Have reasonable expectations.

"You probably won't lose weight during the holidays, but with careful planning you can avoid gaining weight," he says.

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