Splurging on Thanksgiving can be difficult to resist—and often times, it sets off a snowball effect that completely derails all the good work you’ve done with your weight loss doctor. With so much temptation, how can you keep your healthy habits in check? Read on for a few ways to stay on track with diets and weight management programs during your Thanksgiving feast.
1. Don’t “save up” for the big feast. A common practice that is detrimental to even the best diets and weight management programs is “saving up” until dinner. Sitting down to a big dinner on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster—you’re very likely to completely overeat and eat as much as twice what you would had you snacked smart earlier in the day. Have a healthy breakfast, enjoy fiber-and protein-rich snacks throughout the day and drink lots of water to help fill you up.
2. Serve healthy appetizers. Stay away from the creamy, fat-laden chips and dip and serve veggies and crudité with hummus or another low-fat dip. If you’re not hosting the dinner, bring it as your contribution to the meal.
3. Watch your portions. Make sure you don’t overload your plate. If you haven’t already, ask your weight loss doctor to show you what are considered adequate portion sizes and follow that formula to keep your plate in check. In addition, fill your plate with as many healthy veggies as you can.
4. Watch the libations. Avoid as many empty calories as possible. Opt for water instead of soda and if you choose to have some alcoholic drinks, have a white wine spritzer or other low-calorie libation.
5. Make moves. Try to do your regular workout routine in the morning, even if it means getting up early. If you can’t make that happen, try to take a walk after dinner with some family and loved ones.
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