Thanksgiving. It’s a time for family and friends to gather and give
thanks. And for most, it’s a day of overindulgence. “You can
enjoy all your favorite foods, but moderation is key,” says
Anna Ibele, M.D., a bariatric surgeon at University of Utah Health. Here, she shares some
tricks that will help you enjoy the day without gaining weight.
#1 - Eat (don’t drink) your calories
At 200 to 350 calories per drink, eggnog, hot chocolate and alcohol quickly
add up. "A refreshing low-calorie alternative perfect for the season
is seltzer with a splash of fresh cranberry juice," Ibele suggests.
#2 - Eat before the feast
It might be tempting to starve yourself before Thanksgiving dinner, but
that approach usually backfires. "Eating a healthy breakfast helps
speeds your metabolism. A lunch high in protein and fiber keeps you full,
so you’ll eat fewer calories snacking and during dinner," Ibele says.
#3 - Chew slowly
Enjoy the dinner conversation, and chew your food slowly. It not only helps
your body digest food, but you’ll eat less food.
#4 - Start a new (active) tradition
Participate in a Turkey Trot walk or run on Thanksgiving morning, organize
a Turkey Bowl (an informal football game), or bundle up and go on a nice,
long walk after dinner. Start a tradition that burns calories and keeps
you from succumbing to the post-turkey slump.
This article was
originally posted by and used with permission by the Office of Public Affairs at University
of Utah Health.