Thanksgiving is a day filled with family, friends, and food. For some people, Thanksgiving dinner is the most important meal of the year. It’s no secret that some of us overeat during Thanksgiving. When there are so many dishes to choose from, it can be easy to overeat. That is no excuse; you can try all of the food and not overeat with a few tips to remember throughout the day.


Don’t Starve Yourself

Some people starve themselves all day to get ready for a huge Thanksgiving dinner. When you starve yourself, it may have negative effects on your metabolism, causing you to eat fast and eat more, and not enjoy your meal.


Eat Small and Smart

The best thing to do when you know you are going to want to eat a lot of food is to eat small meals throughout the day. Start your day with a small breakfast packed with protein that will keep you full longer. Eat snacks that contain whole grain and fiber. Finally, drink water all day. Water will keep your body feeling full which will cause you to not overeat.


Portion Control is Key

You can eat everything at dinner with portion control to help you from overeating. Try using a small plate. It will fill up faster, and may make you think you’re eating more. Take smaller portions of each dish, and try to keep a balanced nutrition. This means a little less stuffing, and a little more green beans!  


Pace Yourself

Eat slowly and savor each bite. This will help curb your appetite. If you want to go back for seconds, take a break from dinner to see if your stomach agrees with you. You might just find that you are already full and you didn’t even feel it. Take a walk and relax with your family, the food isn’t going anywhere.

Give these tips a try this Thanksgiving! Maybe they will follow you into the Holiday Season, when feasting with the family is always a tradition. 




The content is strictly for general reference purposes only and is not promoting a particular diet or exercise program. You should consult your physician for medical concerns and prior to beginning any specific diet or exercise program.