Many of us face a challenge at the holidays – how to enjoy ourselves without gaining unwanted pounds in the process. The average weight gain between Thanksgiving and January 2 is a whopping 7 pounds! If you would like to avoid this, here are a few tips:
Avoid sugar. With all those cookies around, this is easier said than done. But try your best.
Don’t show up at the Thanksgiving dinner table absolutely starving. You should eat a healthy lunch if the feast is that evening; eat a good breakfast if it is at noon.
Drink up to 8 glasses of water on the day of the big meal.
Work out at the gym, or take a good hike, before sitting down at the dinner table. Working out up to 90 minutes before the meal will keep your metabolism raised for the next 4 hours.
If you’re the chef, make sure the spread is a healthy one.
If you need some ideas for preparing a healthy Thanksgiving dinner, try one of our cookbooks, such as “EatingWell Comfort Food Made Healthy: the classic makeover cookbook,” by Jessie Price and the Editors of EatingWell.