Thanksgiving may just be the only day of the year when people can find any excuse to indulge in their favorite foods. The typical holiday meal is made up of delicious dishes that are usually better when eaten together.
But the celebratory dinner ends up being about 3,000 calories or more, which a person happily consumes over the course of few hours. The price they later pay is bloated stomach, uncomfortableness, and possibly weight gain.
People usually gain weight after Thanksgiving until New Year because there are too many holiday parties, Deborah Malkoff-Cohen, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, says. This doesn’t have to be the case but you have to double down on protein and veggies before the big meal and never go to dinner starving, she adds. This will only backfire and make you eat more.
You don’t have to avoid certain foods at all costs, as long as watch your portion size, Malkoff-Cohen says. It’s not a taboo to try everything on the table, but have a bite and move on, she adds. Otherwise, the calories and carbs add up and wreak havoc on your body.
Joe Bauer, nutritionist and personal trainer says he is a firm believer in setting up the body for success. “If you have set up your fitness and nutrition correctly before a large day of eating, I think that you should be able to go all out on good, high-quality Thanksgiving foods.”
But not all of it is good or of high quality.