With Thanksgiving tomorrow everyone is worried about how to keep those extra holiday pounds off.

Keep in mind that on Thanksgiving, the average American consumes more than 4500 calories and 229 grams of fat! That is crazy! To burn off those 4500 calories, you would have to do one of the following:

  • 8 hours of running
  • 12.5 hours of lifting
  • 15 hours of skiing
  • I don’t know about you, but 10 burpees can be rough, and there is no way you’re getting me to do them consistently for 7.5 hours for a meal! Here are some tips to help you for this Thanksgiving Holiday!

    • 1. Go in with a plan. Know what desserts you’re willing to enjoy before you go into your family holiday party/meal, and stick with it. If you know you want to try a couple of things, get small slivers. What is going to save you is proper portion sizes.
    • 2. DO NOT skip meals before the big one. This can cause your metabolism to slow down. Instead, have smaller, lighter meals. Even if that means a protein shake for breakfast.
    • 3. Smaller meal portions. Because there is so much food prepared on the holidays, often times people go back for seconds… or thirds. And with all the food diversity. It is often a full plate each time. When putting food on your plate, be cautious of how much food you’re actually putting on your plate. When watching those portions, be careful to pay extra attention to the items with lots of “bad carbs.” I know my weakness is mashed potatoes and bread (aside from the desserts) and I could easily put down several large servings, so I am extra careful when putting these on my plate, and I eat these items after I have eaten my protein items. If it helps, use a smaller plate.
    • 4. Bring your own dish. If you’re worried about having healthy sides, ask your family if you can prepare a side dish. This way, you can prepare a healthy dish you know you’ll enjoy and have it at the meal.
    • 5. Dress to impress! Yes, this sounds silly, but if I dress up to go meet my family in a more form fitting outfit, I am more careful to watch what I eat. I don’t want that Thanksgiving food to show through my clothes. If you show up in sweats and a baggy t-shirt, it is easier to binge a little more since you’re already in relaxed clothing and no one will notice you walking away with those extra pounds of food.
    • 6. Take your time. If you’re like me, you may just inhale your food, or so I’ve been told. Try and slow down. Take a couple of breaths in between sittings. It take approximately twenty minutes from the time you start eating for your brain to tell you you’re full. By taking your time, you avoid eating to much and allow yourself time to recognize when you’re actually full.
    • 7. Easiest way to avoid extra calories is by choosing calorie free drinks, and I don’t mean diet sodas! Try drinking water, or unsweetened tea, especially if you know you’re going to be consuming alcoholic beverages.
    • 8. Alcohol! This is a big one browse around here. Alcohol is simply empty calories, and often times a lot of empty calories. I know it is nearly impossible to escape the holidays without enjoying a few drinks with family, so it makes it especially important to limit the extra drinks that have several calories.
    • 9. Plan a post meal walk. Whether you ask family to walk with you or go later in the evening once you’re home, you’ll feel better by burning a few of those calories by enjoying a walk.
    • 10. Leading up to the meal, get in as much activity as you can, this will keep your metabolism up. And do not skip your workouts leading up to the big meal.
    • 11. Focus your attention on walking around and talking to people versus obsessing over all the food.
    • 12. Plan a workout for the following day, and stick with it. I know after Thanksgiving I normally want to sleep, but you’ll really want to wake and get this workout in.
    • Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you all enjoy your holiday with your family.