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How to Stay on Track as You Prep for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving comes just once a year, so you want to enjoy yourself. But it doesn't have to kick off over a month of eating.

It happens every year the holiday season. It seems to kick off with Halloween and those little candies that we think are no big deal. Until we realize we've consumed 10. Then, the thought goes through our heads of "Well, next is Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. Might as well enjoy myself and worry about it after the new year!" Nope! Not this time.

On average, people gain a little over a pound during the holiday season. It doesn't sound like a lot, but what if you don't take that weight off. It adds up, year after year. Plus, whatever other weight you gain due to circumstances or just not worrying about it. So, what do you do?

Plan Ahead

Chances are you know most of the foods that will be served during the Thanksgiving meal. Which ones can you live without? Make a plan to skip some of the things you might have at other times during the year. Hello, bread rolls! So, plan which of these foods you'll skip so that you can enjoy the things you only get once or twice a year.

Also, eat lighter during the day. Some people have their meals mid-day, while others have it later. Regardless of the time, have a light breakfast. You want to have something so you're not overly hungry, but save the calories for the big meal.


Many feel that they have to stuff themselves in order to really enjoy the meal. However, this can leave you feeling sick and sluggish. Instead, portion out your plate. Have a smaller serving of the foods you've planned on and eat it slowly. Enjoy the meal and company and let the food hit bottom. It gives your stomach a chance to tell your brain you've had enough. If you want a little more, go ahead, but keep it to a little.

Don't Skip the Workout

Why not try to burn some extra calories leading up the big feast, and right after it? If you normally do a 30-minute workout, add an extra 10-15 minutes. It will make you feel better and keep you on track with your goals.

Drink Your Water!

Get in those fluids no matter what. You'll be eating foods that have more salt than you might normally have and that can lead to water retention. Plus, it also gives you a feeling of fullness. You'll feel better for having gotten in your fluids.

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