Avoid the Bloat, Don’t Be a Thanksgiving Float
Many people love Thanksgiving dinner but they avoid talking about the important cost associated with the dinner. No, we are not speaking about financial costs but the physical and dietary costs of a Thanksgiving meal. Brace yourselves, because what you are about to read may shock you concerning the traditional Thanksgiving dinner we all know and love.
The Damage of Thanksgiving Dinner
Just how many calories are in an average Thanksgiving dinner? According to the Calorie Control Council there are some alarming statistics related to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner:
- The average American may consume more than 4,500 calories during Thanksgiving
- A total of 229 grams of fat can be consumed between snacking and the dinner
- Combined, they are more than 2 ¼ times the average daily calorie intake recommended
- Almost 3 ½ times the daily required fat intake, with 45 percent of the calories coming from the fat
- The average person may consume enough fat at a holiday meal to equate to eating three sticks of butter!
7 Tips to Avoid the Bloat
Just because the average holiday meal is higher in calories and fat doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Here are seven tips to help change the way you approach your Thanksgiving meal and make it healthier for you and your family.
- Make-over classic Holiday recipes – to reduce calories while having the same great taste here are nine classic holiday recipes with a healthier spin.
- Eat lower-fat and reduced-calorie foods before and after – Can’t avoid the fatty Thanksgiving meal? Try preparing for it by avoiding high-fat and high-calorie foods before and after Thanksgiving. This may help off-set the high calorie count for the meal.
- Prepare to handle those temptations – Go into the meal with a plan and some guidelines. For example, if you love both pumpkin and pecan pie maybe have a small sliver of each instead of having the full serving for each.
- Add activity to Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be lethargic and you don’t have to hibernate watching football after the meal! Start new traditions such as a family Thanksgiving walk or play catch with a football outdoors.
- Thinking of having second helpings? – It takes a while for your body to properly know it is actually “full”. Wait 20-30 minutes after eating to see if you are truly full. Plus, you can always save leftovers for the next few days.
- Go easy on the apps and liquids – Many times it’s not the meal itself that kills us. Sneaky calories from appetizers like crackers or alcoholic beverages can add up quickly. Approach snacks and drinks with moderation or perhaps completely save your appetite for the Thanksgiving dishes.
- Don’t overload your plate – We understand the temptation and hunger may build the longer you smell those delicious Thanksgiving dishes cooking. However, when the time comes, be cautious not to overload your plate with food. Consider using smaller plates as well which will help with better portion control.
Still Feeling Lethargic After Thanksgiving?
We hope these tips will help you have a happy Thanksgiving that is both fun and healthier for you and your family. But if you are still feeling a little lethargic after Thanksgiving consider giving Live Cryo whole body cryotherapy a try. Not only will going through a cryotherapy session burn between 500-800 calories but it will also increase your overall energy level and mood to help you get over the Thanksgiving dinner slumber. Visit our locations page to discover where the closest Live Cryo location is to you.