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How to Have a Guilt-Free Thanksgiving

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How to Have a Guilt-Free Thanksgiving

Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight-Gain

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Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season. Parties, cocktails, and endless amounts of delicious food are all in store. While Thanksgiving is often viewed as a time of indulgence and weight gain, that need not be the case. We have a winning game plan to help you avoid packing on the holiday pounds, and make it past the turkey and pies with your waistline intact.

The most important trick to master is the art of portion control. There is no reason not to sample traditional dishes, as long as you don’t go overboard. Approach a food-laden table with the mindset that you can have small portions of your favorite foods, and you will have no problem staying on track. Don’t just eat something for the sake of eating it; save your calories for the things you really want to eat. If it’s Grandma’s famous pumpkin pie that you love, then stay away from that tray of store-bought cookies the rest of the night. This goes for any and every food or beverage you might encounter.

Skip the drinks. Eggnog, hot toddies, and alcohol are swimming with calories that can easily add inches to the waist. If you just can’t resist, go with a small glass of your favorite wine. Not only does wine have fewer calories (stick to a proper five-ounce serving), it also said to have heart-helping properties—when consumed in moderation.

White meat turkey is probably one of the leanest sources of protein in a Thanksgiving spread. For a full meal that won’t tip the scales, add a baked sweet potato for fiber and a bit of salad. Skip the ham, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, as those things can be loaded with calories.

Still feeling guilty about that slice of pie? A good workout can almost erase all of the extra calories consumed during a holiday feast. Keep in mind, an hour on the treadmill can burn as much as 800 calories!

Thanksgiving is the time to indulge, but don’t overdo it. Use these tips to have a happy and healthy holiday season.
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I read somewhere that it's more about the leftovers. It's ok to have a big meal day once in awhile, but leftovers lead to a couple of big meal days. In the end, it's all about proportion, exercise and being happy :) This comment has been removed.
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I'm adding a really good workout in tomorrow morning so I don't feel bad about all those tasty things I'm going to eat! :) This comment has been removed.
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Love this! It's so easy to overindulge on Thanksgiving -- especially on desserts like yummy homemade pumpkin pie. This comment has been removed.
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Okay I'll skip the eggnog. This comment has been removed.
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But... but... but... This comment has been removed.
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This Thanksgiving I am determined to stink to this plan. I'll let you guys know how it goes for me =) This comment has been removed.
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