Weight management is hard to do, especially during the holidays when you are constantly surrounded by food. However, with a little know-how and willpower, there are things you can do to eat healthy and minimize weight gain this Thanksgiving.
Follow these rules and the only thing that will be stuffed is the turkey!
#1 Eat a light, healthy snack before the meal. A small salad, piece of fruit, or a cup of soup are great options to help take away that hunger feeling so you can make better choices at the table.
#2 Bring a low-fat holiday dish to share when attending holiday parties so you know you have a healthy option to eat.
#3 Limit your alcohol intake. Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol has a tendency to make you lose inhibition and overindulge.
#4 Do not stand around the buffet table. Instead, mingle with friends and family away from food so you are not tempted to eat out of convenience.
#5 Use a smaller plate to help control your portion sizes. Eating off of a full, but small plate can actually help trick your mind into thinking you are eating more than you really are.
#6 Allow yourself a bite-size or teaspoon of each if you have to try some of everything. That way you don't miss out on anything, but you are also being mindful about how much you're eating.
#7 Chew your food well and eat slowly. This gives your brain time to get the message from your stomach that you're full.
#8 Go for a walk with friends or family after a meal.
#9 Do not take home leftovers. Having lots of food in your refrigerator may guilt you into feeling like you need to eat them. However, if you are stuck with lots of leftovers, invite family and friends over to help you finish them.
#10 Be realistic. Do not try to diet during the holidays; aim to maintain your current weight
Republished from The Prevention Plan