Whether you are preparing for your next bodybuilding competition or you just had a procedure like SculpSure, there is one thing that’s for certain: you don’t want to gain any extra lbs during Thanksgiving. And with a table full of carb loaded and butter-drenched food, Thanksgiving is like heading into war. According to The Calorie Control Council, the average American eats around 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving. So, how can you prepare for Thanksgiving without eating the extra calories?
Thanksgiving is about spending time with family, right? Don’t skip out on your big Thanksgiving dinner just because you’re worried about the extra calories. Instead, try to fill up on a lean protein meal before and then just go to dinner for the company.
Try the Turkey
Although turkey fryers are popular— and for a good reason, they’re delicious— they add extra, unnecessary fat to a perfectly lean meat. Encourage your family to go the healthier route, and oven bake a turkey with just a little bit of olive oil and some fresh spices.
Use a Stuffing Alternative
One of the best parts about Thanksgiving dinner is the stuffing. However, because stuffing is well, carbs, it’s not going to do your waistline any favors. Rather than using traditional stuffing, fill your turkey with a vegetable medley of sweet potatoes, red potatoes, celery, and carrots and let it bake for several hours. This alternative is not only tasty, but it will save everybody at the dinner table some extra calories.
Remember that It’s Not a Cheat Day
Cheat day is the best day of the week, but don’t use Thanksgiving as your cheat day unless you’re fully disciplined. Thanksgiving may seem like the perfect day to eat as much as you want, but you’re only going to be doing your body a disservice. If Thanksgiving is going to be your cheat day, try to eat everything in moderation. For instance, have a small helping of dessert and maybe some sweet potatoes, but don’t load your plate up.