Thanksgiving, for many, is the time of year to enjoy food, family traditions, and memories.

But the holiday season can also be a time when people worry about weight gain.  We wait all year to enjoy the delicious sides that are made especially for the Thanksgiving holiday.  It’s no wonder that many people end up gaining some extra weight over the last two months of the year.

Remember, moderation is KEY!  If you’re hoping to maintain, and not gain weight during this holiday season you can achieve it by following these 5 tips:

Don’t skip meals

Thanksgiving is a marathon, not a sprint.

Don’t skip breakfast in the morning to save room later in the day, full your body first thing in the am with protein.  If you’re famished by the time you get to the dinner table, you’re more likely to eat too quickly or even overeat and ultimately, you won’t be feeling your best.

Stay hydrated

It is so important to stay hydrated on any day, but especially on Thanksgiving as many of the foods you’ll eat are loaded with sodium (we’re looking at you, green bean casserole, ha)!

Drinking water can actually suppress your appetite, if you aim for six to eight glasses of water per day, and eliminate sugary juices or alcohol, you’ll reap the benefits.

You will have a better handle on maintaining your portions, and staying hydrated could even help to kick start your metabolism.

Limited your portions

Speaking of maintaining your portions, the best way to make sure you aren’t stuffing your face this Thanksgiving is to grab roughly one tablespoon of several items rather than just heaping on the sides.

If you must load up on anything, choose more protein, a nutritious salad or healthy veggies first and leave room on your plate for just a little bit of those rich casseroles.

Get active

Try to incorporate some physical activity into your Thanksgiving for a guilt-free holiday. Maybe a new family tradition could be to throw the football around beforehand, or if that’s not your family’s style, you could all take a walk together after your meal.

If you’re feeling like a real overachiever, burn some calories by running in one of these local 5K turkey trot races!

Be mindful

Remember, Thanksgiving is a marathon, so it’s important that you have the right mindset to finish strong.

You already know it’s going to be a day of temptation, so you have to get your head in the game!

Happy Thanksgiving Day SzatStrength

Tonya Ridge

Tonya Ridge

I'm Coach Tonya. I work hard and I expect great things form our athletes. I've been around the fitness industry for a very long time and I can say this for certain: Our members here at The Lions Den are amazing. They work hard, they take pride in their training and never complain. Strength Training and Bootcamps are my thing. I'm always on the floor or in a class. (and you should be too)