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How to Stay on Track During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and if you are one of my San Diego personal training clients, you don’t want to sabotage all of your hard work. Did you know that the average person consumes over 2000 calories at the Thanksgiving dinner table? For some of us, this is more than we should be consuming in an entire day!

Here are a few tips to keep you on track with your fitness and dietary goals while not depriving yourself of a good Thanksgiving meal!

1.) Eat lots of skinless Turkey- Keep your protein to carbohydrate ratio in check by eating lots of Turkey. Skip the skin which is loaded with fat, sodium, and cholesterol though.

2.) Don’t wait all day to eat- A lot of people hold out on eating all day for Thanksgiving dinner. If you eat a good breakfast and lunch before Thanksgiving dinner, you will be less likely to overeat.

3.) Portion sizes- If you want to try all of the delicious dishes at the table, stick to smaller portions.

4.) Skip Seconds- If you have eaten well throughout the day and have a good ratio of protein to carbohydrates on your plate, you shouldn’t need a second serving. Resist the temptation.

5.) Say No to Leftovers- If you are cooking, try to properly gauge how much food to cook based on the number of guests you will have dining with you. Then you are less likely to be stuck with leftovers. Still have leftovers? Why not send them home with your guests!

6.) Up your water intake- Chances are you may be having an adult beverage with your meal. To even out the effects of alcohol and to avoid a second glass, make sure you are drinking plenty of water during your meal.

7.) Exercise – Get out there and get moving the morning of Thanksgiving – I know I will be heading out for a run to burn some calories before indulging in dinner.

By practicing these healthy Thanksgiving tips, you should stay slim through the holidays. Next challenge…Christmas!