With the coming of this November 26th, some Americans have begun to wonder how should they be enjoying Thanksgiving without adding too much weight, so that the winter season holidays won’t catch them overweight and unhealthy.
A study conducted by the Calorie Control Council in the past years has shown that a normal Thanksgiving dinner with the added desserts, drinks and the occasional snacks that some may have on the side would add up to a pretty big calorie intake for just one day, almost 4.500 calories. This sum is more than double when compared to the normal 2000 calories an average adult should consume on a daily basis.
4.500 calories are mostly given by the plethora of gravy, turkey, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes and all the pies and sweets that a traditional dinner would have during this wonderful holiday. Add to this all the beverages and the lack of exercise, considering that you will most likely sit with the family and talk or watch the joyous Thanksgiving parade.
In order to circumvent this, nutrition and diet specialists are advising people to think before they engulf themselves with turkey and other traditional foods. One way to control the calorie intake would be to plan your plate in a pretty simple fashion. Half of it should be vegetables or salads, with the other two quarters being reserved for meats or other proteins along with some grains.
Another important factor you should keep in mind this Thursday is sleep. Considering that during sleep an average adult consumes around 90 calories an hour, a nap would be much advised. Add to that the usual hunger feeling that you feel when you don’t get enough sleep and you have yourself a pretty good reason to take a breather or even a nap during Thanksgiving.
Feeling a bit hungry before dinner is another way to add more calories, giving that the body feels the need to eat more in order to compensate for the hunger that it feels. Eating a light snack or a delicious turkey sandwich, with a reasonable amount of turkey and other ingredients (don;t get full from just a sandwich) a couple of hours before the main dish arrives would prepare you for the following dinner.
It is important to not forget about the drinks as well, especially large amounts of beer and/or wine. These would also add a hefty amount of calories to the aforementioned dinner. So try to keep things in check by showing moderation.
By doing these things, you could be enjoying Thanksgiving without adding too much weight in the process while at the same time still having a pretty hefty dinner and some well earned time with your loving families.