Tips to Avoid Overeating on Thanksgiving
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Tips to Avoid Overeating on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving might be the only holiday where overeating isn’t frowned upon, but just because we can overeat doesn’t mean we should. Thanksgiving is a holiday meant to celebrate with loved ones and show our gratitude. Thanksgiving is also about the food. It’s a night of feasting and enjoying some of your favorite Thanksgiving dinner favorites.

While it’s okay to enjoy foods you don’t typically eat on a regular basis, there is a fine line between enjoying a plate of it and going overboard. Overeating can be damaging to the body, even on a short-term basis. Although many blame the sluggish post-dinner feeling on tryptophan, a hormone found in turkey which happens to be a precursor to melatonin, it may actually be a result of your body simply working harder to digest a larger-than-average meal.

If you’re one of the many people who want to put an end to the overindulging, and want to simply enjoy your Thanksgiving meal without crossing the line, here are a few tips to help:

Don’t skip your daily workout: take advantage of your morning and go for a run, walk, or training session.

Don’t skip meals: saving yourself for later might result in overeating. Instead, have your regular meals and enjoy a regular-portioned dinner rather than a large dinner to “make up” your missed meals.

Hydrate: hydrate throughout the day as this will help curb cravings and keep you feeling full.

Use a smaller plate: research shows that a smaller plate with the same size portion as a bigger plate will trick your brain into thinking your meal is large.

Stay mindful: paying attention to your food, pausing after every bite, and putting your fork down every once in a while can all help you stay aware of your meal and decrease the chances of eating too quickly and going back for more.

Keep food out of sight: the old saying “out of sight out of mind” can be applied on Thanksgiving, if you keep the appetizer and dessert table far from where you’re gathering, you’ll be less likely to pick at the food and lose track of how much you’re eating.

Wear tight clothes: wearing clothes that are comfortable but still tight enough to keep you aware of how much you’re eating is a helpful reminder to know when you’re reaching your limit.

Leave room for dessert: if you like to eat dessert and drink, keep this in mind when serving yourself dinner. Rather than eating until you’re extremely full, keep the post-dinner treats in mind and reduce your portions.

Wait it out: thinking about seconds? Wait a few minutes before grabbing another bite, as your brain doesn’t receive fullness signals immediately but rather a few minutes after you finish your meal.

Go for a walk: get up and get moving after dinner, this will not only burn some calories but ease your digestive process!


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