Afraid of going overboard on Thanksgiving? Afraid you'll ruin all the hard work you've put in at the gym? Here are a few tips to keep it together during the turkey holiday.
– Don’t skip breakfast. Eat a regular breakfast. Oatmeal with blueberries, egg whites, and low fat yogurt are all great options. Generally, people tend to skip breakfast and even lunch so they can indulge in the big dinner.
- Be Active. Try to get in some extra workouts leading up to Thanksgiving. Do an in home workout or go for a run that morning. Also, be prepared to go for a walk or do something after your meal rather than take a nap!
– Drink water! Many people forget to drink water during holiday meals, such as Thanksgiving. Drinking water throughout the day and during the meal well help break down the food digested and will help suppress your appetite.
– Stick to White Meat. 8 oz portion and the white meat has 368 calories and 8 grams of fat while the dark has 400 calories and 16 grams of fat.
– Watch the Gravy. Limit your gravy servings to one or none for your Thanksgiving dinner.
– Alcohol. Wine, beer and liquor will add calories fast. Avoid excess amounts of drinks. But if you feel you'd like to indulge, check these drinks out. crazyfatloss.org/low-calorie-alcoholic-drinks/
– Rolls will not help to rid of your rolls. Eat your dinner roll at the end of the meal (hopefully you won’t have room) and stay clear of large amounts of butter on those buns, and bread.
– Veggie Out! Veggies can be your lifesaver. Make sure they’re on 1/3 of your plate and avoid the cream and butter soaked vegetables.
– Replace cream or whole milk with evaporated skim milk, especially in mashed potatoes and cream soups. Make a lower fat, yet very flavorful turkey by slipping herbs or poultry seasoning under the skin and basting with nonfat chicken stock rather than butter.
– Butter. If you want to add butter to a recipe, add a small amount just before serving. It’ll be the first thing you taste and smell, so a little will have a big impact.
- Wait 20 minutes before getting seconds. Chances are you’ll be too full for a second plate.
Most of all, enjoy your Thanksgiving!
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