Thanksgiving means getting some much-needed time off work, relaxing with family, and cozying up by the fire. It also means stuffing our faces with food. While it’s fun to indulge around the holidays, it’s not so good for our waistline.
The challenge with Turkey Day is it’s not just about the turkey. You also have pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, gravy and more. An abundance of high-starch foods, sweets, cookies, desserts, etc. fill out dining room tables, making it difficult to keep off the pounds while enjoying the holiday.
In fact, Americans can consume more than 4,500 calories at a Thanksgiving dinner, according to the Calorie Control Council. You’d have to walk about 4.5 hours on an incline or bike for six hours to burn off just that one meal. Oh, and 3,500 calories equals about one pound. So, you can pack on an extra pound in an evening without noticing.
Unfortunately, this is just the kickoff of the holiday season. For the next few months, you’ll be attending many food-focused parties and celebrations. And we know abstaining is not always a reasonable option. So, knowing how to stay on track with your health and fitness goals without feeling deprived is key to celebrating smartly.
To do that, we tapped several nutritionists and a certified holistic health coach to come up with the top 25 tips for not gaining weight during Thanksgiving.