How to Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Meal While on a Weight Loss Plan

Thanksgiving is all about family and friends, food, and giving thanks. It is also a time when you may be worried about sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

If you are on a weight loss plan, Thanksgiving can be viewed as more of a weight loss trap than fun times celebrating with family and friends. Or, Thanksgiving can be an excuse to put your weight loss plans on hold. With these helpful tips, you don’t have to wait for weight loss success. Instead here’s how to have some of your traditional favorites and still enjoy a guilt-free Thanksgiving feast.

First, get active during this time. In fact, start increasing your steps and amount of exercise a few weeks before and on the day of the holiday. Take a walk in the morning and again after dinner on Thanksgiving – in fact, get the family involved. Exercising will create a calorie deficit to burn off the extra calories.

Second, try modifying some of the recipes by including less sugar and fat. Many recipes call for a high amount of these ingredients to begin with. Most people will not even realize that you cut back on these ingredients.

Third, remember, if you keep your portions small, you can try out everything. Before filling your plate, check out what food is on the table and plan out what you are going to have. Maybe avoid food which you typically have all year around and have small portions of things you generally don’t have except for around the holidays. Try to stick to having only one plate and avoid second helpings. Instead, save it for leftovers the next day.

Fourth, avoid things where calories add up quickly like alcohol and sugary beverages. Save those calories for a nice piece of pie instead.

And above all, set realistic expectations. Remember that Thanksgiving only comes around once a year. There is no need to deprive yourself. Do partake in the fun and feasting. Just shift your mindset from weight loss to weight maintenance. This is because maintenance of weight during the holidays is also a sign of success.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Physicians Premier Weight & Wellness Center! If you want healthy recipes or want to participate in a healthy cooking class, reach out to us at