It’s Thanksgiving! Bring on the turkey, dressing, gravy and pie. We’re gearing up for one luxurious day of uncensored eating.
The average woman’s normal daily intake is about 2,000 calories, but on Thanksgiving it can easily go to 4,500 and with over 200 grams of fat at dinner alone.
While nothing is going to stop us from diving head first into the pie, we put together a holiday eating plan to keep us from overdosing on all that whipped cream.
- Don’t skip breakfast. Eat a filling low calorie meal that includes some protein, an egg white omelet for instance.
- Don’t cook on an empty stomach. You’re likely to nibble constantly.
- Chew mint gum while you’re cooking. The smell and taste of mint is a proven appetite suppressant.
- Resist the urge to snack or sample mindlessly. One study found that 9% of Thanksgiving dinner calories are consumed before the meal.
- Eat whatever you want. If you keep in mind that the first couple of bites of anything are always the best, you’ll be more likely to take (and eat) smaller portions.
- Freeze, toss, or give away what’s left. Holding onto leftovers risks turning a one day indulgence into a weeklong binge.