Are you someone for who keeping fit and healthy is easy so long as nothing throws off your routine? If so, then the end of the calendar year is probably a difficult time. With holidays like Thanksgiving offering opportunities to cheat on your routine, it’s easy to go off track. However, there are things you can do to stop this from happening.
It might seem counterintuitive to eat more food when you know you’re going to get through a ton later in the day. However, having breakfast in the morning can actually help you to regulate your appetite. By enjoying a small but meaningful meal when you wake up, you should be able to avoid overindulging during Thanksgiving dinner.
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful. It’s not a time to be punishing yourself because you feel you ate too much on one day of the year. While it’s essential to try and keep things under control, so your routine doesn’t go off the rails, you also need to be realistic. Focus on maintaining your waistline during this period, rather than trying to shed the lbs. Not only will you put too much pressure on yourself over Thanksgiving, but you’ll probably make it hard to actually enjoy the holiday. You deserve better than that.
If you know that you’re going to consume more than your daily calories around Thanksgiving, staying active is essential. This ensures that you have a deficit before chowing down, so there’s more leniency regarding how much food your body can take. The intensity of the exercise will influence how significant the deficit is, so keep that in mind before you go out and do something. A short walk is good for keeping the blood pumping, but it won’t necessarily work off all the calories you’ve got coming up.
This is a tip that’s beneficial no matter what time of year it is. One of the best ways to feel fuller from less food is to chew everything slowly. The longer it takes you to get through each bite, the more time your stomach will have to tell your brain that it’s full. It takes roughly 20 minutes for this to happen, so the more you savor each mouthful, the less likely you are to want seconds.
If you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner, then you have total control over what goes into the meal. That means you can try to make it healthier by reducing the sugar and calorie content in a lot of the food. This will allow you more freedom to eat what you want without controlling your portions so much. However, you probably still shouldn’t get carried away and go for seconds, thirds, and fourths.
An event like Thanksgiving can feel like a real nuisance when you’re doing good with your health and fitness routine. Don’t let it throw you off, though. Just remember these tips, and you should make it out the other side with your routine relatively intact.