Even though Thanksgiving is just one day, you may be wondering how can one day of eating a bit more than usual cause that much damage to your body? “The average American will consume more that 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving day alone. Surprisingly, most of these calories come from the all-day snacking in front of the TV while watching parades and sporting events.”
What are the activities your friends and family do on Thanksgiving? Watch the parades or football, or basketball games? What about the snacks and drinks that are consumed during those times without dinner being served yet. Yes 5,000 calories does sound ridiculous, but when you take into account the whole day’s snacking moments, it does occur, unless you have some type of control throughout the entire time you are at the get together.
Here are four tips to help keep the calorie amount as low as possible during your Thanksgiving celebration, yet you will still be able to enjoy yourself and have a good time.
Beware Of Those Snacking Trays
The snack bowls set in front of the television or on the tables can be pits of disaster especially when your hand goes into automatic mode while watching the television. If you going to watch TV, be in a spot that is not in reach of snacks. If the temptation is too much in plain sight, get something that is not going disastrous to your healthy eating commitment. Just because you can’t see the fruits, doesn’t mean the host does not have them. Politely ask and you will probably find an apple, orange or pear which would be perfect since thees are only about 100 calories each.
Watch So Your Dinner Serving Is Not Gigantic Dinner time, don’t overload your plate with food that you know is way too much. If you are determined to have every spot on your plate filled, at least put items that are healthy options like salad, turkey, ham and properly prepared vegetables are perfect items to put on your plate.Drinking lots of water not just at the culmination of your meal but all throughout the day will really fill in the empty space your stomach may have. Plus water helps aide with digestion, in addition to helping you feel more full, so you won’t be in the mood to eat more food. Try to drink two or three glasses of water during your dinner and you may find you don’t need as much food to get full.