Tips On Not Gaining Weight This Thanksgiving
INDIANAPOLIS – As you gather with family for Thanksgiving, you might not know that you may eat as many as 3,000 calories with enough fat as three sticks of butter.
The Calorie Control Council says if you eat the typical holiday dinner with turkey and all of the trimmings, it could be more than twice the average amount of calories you normal eat in one day with nearly 3 ½ times the fat.
Julie Yarling, a personal trainer and fitness coach from Shelby County, has several tips on how to keep from gaining weight at Thanksgiving:
EXERCISE THANKSGIVING DAY MORNING:
"Wake up early, and weather permitting, take a 30 minute walk or go to a gym if you have a membership. That way you start off the day burning calories already."
SNACK ON HEALTHIER FOODS BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOUR HOME:
"I would eat a couple of boiled eggs to boost up your protein [which] will make you feel fuller. Also, snack on fresh fruits and vegetables."
CUT BACK ON YOUR PORTION SIZES:
"I believe in not depriving myself. That way you are engaging in the festivities with your family and you're enjoying yourself, but you [don't] eat the whole pie."
CONSIDER HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO DESSERTS:
"You could prepare healthy baked apple slices which are excellent. All you do is sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg and toss them and bake them. It's almost like you're eating apple pie."
FIND A FRIEND OR CO-WORKER TO USE "THE BUDDY SYSTEM":
"You can encourage each other and that way you hold each other accountable."
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