Thanksgiving Calories, Without the Guilt
Just Have a Plan for Getting Your Diet Back on Track, Experts Say
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La Puma recommends choosing four days a year as "feast days" when
you can eat and drink anything you want in any quantity you want.
"I think the idea of feasting that Thanksgiving represents is kind of
lost in American society because we tend to feast all year long," he tells
"The problem isn't Thanksgiving, it is the fact that many people don't
stop eating between Thanksgiving and the New Year," he says.
Pete Thomas was once one of those people.
"Before I lost
weight I viewed Thanksgiving as a day to gorge myself and eat everything in
sight," Thomas tells WebMD. "That turned into a month of gorging
between Thanksgiving and Christmas."
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
"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
- 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.