Did you know the average American consumes 4,000-8,000 calories just during Thanksgiving dinner? That’s at least twice as much as a person’s daily calories, which can be scary to think about. Here are five easy tips to follow, so you can feel healthier after this year’s giant Turkey Day feast. 

 

Tip #1: Do NOT Skip Breakfast

No matter how much you’re looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner, don’t skip out on one of your meals for the day. Doing so will only make you feel more hungry when it’s time to grub, and you’ll most likely end up eating more than you would normally.

 

Tip #2: Exercise Before You Eat

Even just a quick 15-minute workout can help boost your metabolism. If you don’t want to step away from your holiday festivities, just take a walk outside or go play football with family and friends. Any activity helps.

 

Tip #3: Use a Smaller Plate

This one actually makes a big difference. Try using a smaller plate than your regular dinner plate. With less room, you’re less likely to pile the mashed potatoes and stuffing sky high. It might even surprise you how much you can still fit on a smaller plate.

 

Tip #4: Slow Down and Chew Your Food

This tip may sound silly, but take some time to savor your food, instead of just stuffing your face. By slowing down the pace of your dinner, you can feel fuller sooner, which means you won’t eat as much. Pay close attention to your body and when it tell you it’s full.

 

Tip #5: Get Back on Track the Next Day

Friday is not a holiday. Limit your intake of leftovers, and start your day by eating a healthy meal and getting in some sort of activity. If you get back to your regular routine, Thanksgiving won’t have a huge impact on you and your health.