How To NOT Gain Weight Over Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving doesn't have to mean overeating and weight gain. Here are five simple tips to help you eat healthy and make it through Thanksgiving weekend without gaining a pound.

Are you ready to loosen your belt buckle? Ask any nutritionist, and we’ll all tell you that most Americans see Thanksgiving as a reason to indulge on anything and everything, and as a result, most will end up gaining at least a little bit of weight after 4 days of non-stop feasting. If you don’t get on top of it, those few pounds become 5-10 pounds by December 30 for many. So what’s the secret to coming out of the coma at the same weight you went in? Here are 5 signs you’re going to be OK:

Don’t Try To Feed an Army if You Don’t Have One Coming for Dinner

You know all too well, if you make more than you need, you'll eat more than you need, and so will everyone else.  You plan well, buy what you need, and promptly get rid of any leftovers.

Fill Half Your Plate With Fruits and Vegetables

No one needs to tell you they're good for you, they're filling, and they're low in calories.  You eat them first, and then have no guilt about diving face-first into everything else.

When You Go Back For Seconds, Take the 1 or 2 Foods You Really Love

Because, really, unless you're in prison for the holiday, what's the point of eating things you don't love?

Wait 15 or 20 Minutes Before Saying Yes to Dessert

Chances are, you're already pretty full from dinner.  You know how to wait and see if you really need dessert, because it'll still be there later.

Don’t Sit After Dinner

You get up and move - grab the guests and go for a walk, or play some touch-football.  You know how to burn off some of those calories so you can have more later.

Do you have any tips to avoid overdoing it on Thanksgiving?  Happy Turkey day to you and your family!!

Eat well!


  1. Kathi @ laughingspatula.com says:

    I did not follow your good advice....have a few to lose now but I'm blaming all the bubbly. I'm a sucker for a good glass or 3 or Prosecco! 🙂 Heading to the pool to work it off!

    1. Ha ha! That's the attitude! I'd rather have the Prosecco too and work it off in the am 🙂

  2. Great tips a Anne, happy Thanksgiving to you

    1. Thanks Dahn! Hope your holiday was wonderful too 🙂

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