Just because you plan to enjoy Thanksgiving with your friends and family, you don’t need to assume you will gain weight over the holidays. There are ways you can continue to lose weight quickly and still enjoy the comforts of Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. Consider the following holiday weight loss tips to ensure you stay on the path towards physical fitness:
– Think about how much you will have to workout to burn off each item you put on your plate. When you know you half a cup of stuffing equals a 30 minute Pilates session, you’re not so tempted to over-indulge. Too much cranberry sauce can mean an extra 20 minutes on the Stairmaster machine and just one slice of pumpkin pie means you need to spend an extra 45 minutes on the rowing machine. Once you realize the true cost of those Thanksgiving treats, they begin to lose their appeal.
– To ensure you don’t eat too much, drink plenty of water before you sit down to your holiday meal. Not only will water fill you up, having a full bladder means you have to run to the bathroom more often. The less time you spend at the Thanksgiving table, the less inclined you will be to opt for second helpings of tasty treats.
– Consider your portion sizes if you want to stick to your Thanksgiving weight loss goals. Your gravy serving should fit in a shot glass, your turkey serving should be no bigger than a deck of cards, and your mashed potatoes serving should fit in a teacup.
Losing weight during the Thanksgiving holiday season is not an impossible task. Pay close attention to what you are eating and the impact those indulgences will have on your waistline; those temptations aren’t nearly so inviting when you realize their cost/benefit ratio.