1) Pick your poison
- If you want to enjoy the main course without dessert --> eat all your proteins first, followed by fats and then a lot of veggies.
- If your eyes on set on dessert --> eat a good amount of meat for protein and veggies but avoid the fats and carbs at dinner.
- If you want to have a few social drinks --> eat more protein! Alcohol won't be converted into fat inside your body, but it can disrupt your body’s ability to burn fat and it will also inhibit protein synthesis.
2) Eat protein
Protein will fill you up which will leave you less likely to crave carbs or fatty foods. Some of the better options will include turkey, ham, quinoa, lentils or beans.
3) Eat your fibre
Snacking on high fibre foods like veggies and legumes will keep you fuller longer and keep you from reaching for those tempting desserts. If there's an app table, choose veggies instead of chips and dips.
4) Take your time
- Use a smaller plate --> smaller plates = smaller portion size = less likely that you'll grab more than your recommended serving size and ingest unnecessary calories.
- Chew your food and eat slowly --> this will also give your body more time to register fullness and stop you from overeating.
- Give yourself time before going for seconds --> Allow your body some time to register how full you are. It actually takes the brain 20 minutes to get the message that you have eaten so waiting will stop you from overeating.
5) Drink lots of water
Have a glass of water before each meal as this will take up room in your stomach ultimately making you eat less. It also helps with proper digestion and nutrient distribution throughout your body.
6) Don’t arrive hungry
Try having a healthy and nutritious meal before going to a family feast. This will keep you satisfied and full and not as tempted to reach for any bowls of chips or chocolate.
7) Utilize Tupperware
If you're hosting the annual feast, allowing your guest to take home leftovers will limit the amount you keep at home and thus minimizing the ability to overeat during meals the following days
8) Train hard
Use those calories to build some serious muscle! We've included a special thanksgiving workout to target major muscle groups and give you a full body workout. So grab a pumpkin to use as your weight, and don't put it down until you're done!