The struggle is real! For anyone who is trying to lose weight and maintain a fit body, it is really challenging to avoid thanksgiving weight gain. When the aroma of a perfectly roasted turkey and savory pies fill the room, it will definitely test your will power and you would want to just dive in all those calories. But even with all those temptations, there are simple ways you can do to avoid Thanksgiving weight gain while still enjoying the delicious fare in front of you.
Avoid Thanksgiving Weight Gain With These Clever Tips
A Thanksgiving celebration would not be complete without indulging in delicious food. In the midst of the merriment, it’s pretty easy to just throw your fitness goal out the window and think there’s no harm in overeating for a night. Fast forward to next day, you wake up to an upset stomach, sluggish body and you suddenly have no energy and interest to get up and go to the gym. Before you know it, you’ve gained five pounds. Sounds familiar?
If you don’t want to fall into the same trap over and over, here are some useful tips to help you avoid thanksgiving weight gain:
1. Go for a Morning Run
Start your Thanksgiving day right with a morning run. Running helps boost your metabolism. Burning as many calories as you can will help balance out the calories you are about to put inside your body from all the food and alcohol you’ll consume.
2. Have a Light Meal Before the Celebration
Please don’t starve yourself prior to Thanksgiving thinking it’s the answer to not getting fat. This will not only cause your blood sugar level to drop but it will definitely cause you to overeat. Having a piece of sandwich or a hearty bowl of soup before the actual Thanksgiving dinner will get rid of the hunger pangs and help you make rational decisions at dinner time.
3. Wear Tight Clothes
Instead of wearing baggy clothes to accommodate your tummy when it’s full, wear a tight shirt or a belt. This is an effective trick that will surely remind you to stop when you’re already full.
4. Drink Lots of Water
Water is your greatest ally if you want to avoid Thanksgiving weight gain. Drinking a glass of water before you begin your meal will help you feel full faster. Also, try to avoid sodas and fruit juices as these contain more sugar than your entire meal. When you feel the urge to eat more, drink some water first, it will help curb your appetite
5. Keep Yourself Preoccupied
Don’t focus on the feast in front of you. Divert your attention to other things like catching up with your family. If you’re up for it, suggest a game everyone can participate in. Having a great time will keep you from fixating on food. And as a bonus, you’ll have more fun memories with your loved ones!
6. Have an After-Meal Walk
If the weather permits and assuming you’re still sober by this time, invite your friends or family for an after-meal walk around your neighborhood. You don’t need to do some major cardio. Walk at a leisurely pace and enjoy the experience. Your metabolism will thank you for this! It is not healthy to sleep immediately after consuming a large meal, so this will do the trick.
Watch this video by Yuri Elkaim for more tips on how to avoid Thanksgiving weight gain:
Now you know how to avoid Thanksgiving weight gain with some simple tricks, there should be no reason to gain 5 to 10 pounds over the holidays. But if weight gain and overeating is something you can’t really avoid, don’t stress about it too much. Every day is an opportunity to start over, so don’t let one night, or a few extra pounds, drag you down.
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