Thanksgiving Day Feast Tips
Well, Thanksgiving is this Thursday and you know what that means - football, family and food. Lots and lots of food. It's an American tradition to eat way too much on Turkey Day and before you know it, the holidays will be in full swing, which means less time for the gym and more time to put on some extra pounds. So if you haven't already lost your "summer weight" then just imagine what happens now!
But like most of us I'm sure you love the Thanksgiving traditions of food, family and fun, so it's easy to let it get away from us. That's why I am here to help you take good care of yourself, make healthful decisions and keep you on track during the holiday season.
Try some of these tips for your Thanksgiving Feast:
Eat slowly - Take time to chew and enjoy your food. Studies show that when you eat fast it takes longer for your brain to register that you are full. So the slower you eat, the fewer calories you consumer. Eating slower will give your brain a chance to realize it is full.
Smaller portions - Moderation is always the key. Smaller portions mean fewer calories. This will also help enjoy each bite. Think about a fist size for your protein, two handfuls of veggies and half a fist of starchy carbs.
Use a Smaller Plate - Studies have shown that eating from smaller plates trick your brain into thinking you have a larger meal to consume. This is a great way to control your portions. (See above)
Drink plenty of water with your meal - Drinking two glasses of water before each meal may help you lose weight, according to research. Dieters who drank two 8-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner lost five pounds more than dieters who didn't increase their water intake. Those who drank more water also kept more of the weight off after a year.
Limit Alcohol Consumption - Not only can Alcohol be full of calories and sugar but it can also affect the anti-hunger hormone leptin which signals the body you are full causing you to overeat.
Eat smaller more frequent meals - Snacking! Eat throughout the day so you are not starving at dinner. Also try to avoid carbs during the day. Instead substitute with plenty of vegetables which will make you feel fuller.
Make time for a workout - (See Below) Getting a workout in early in the day will help you speed up your metabolism throughout the day and help burn up some of the extra calories you'll consume later. This will also help your body absorb more of the carbohydrates.
Here's quick and easy sample workout you can try before your Turkey Day meal.
Perform each exercise in order for 20 seconds, resting 10 second in between each exercise. Go through all 4 exercises twice then rest for 1 -2 minutes. Try to repeat the circuit 2-4 more times. I promise this will really get the metabolism cranking!
1. Body Weight Squats (quickly with good form)
2. Standing Alternating Upper Cut Punches (as quickly as possible)
3. Mogul Jumps (jump side to side with feet together as quickly as possible)
4. Mountain Climbers (get in a push-up position and quickly bring the same knee to same elbow alternating each rep like a running motion)