For many dieters, Thanksgiving is one of the most difficult times of the year. You’ve got sweet treats, savory carb-heavy delights, and little motivation to remove yourself from the couch—all of which makes it unlikely for you to want to step on the scale after the feast ends. But don’t fret; you can still happily enjoy Thanksgiving and not gain 10 pounds by Friday morning. All it takes is a bit of planning and some reflection over what you should and shouldn’t shovel down your pie hole.
Here are a few pieces of advice to keep you on course.
Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
Aside from the desserts and stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy and candied yams and biscuits, Thanksgiving dishes are pretty diet-friendly. But do you really want to gobble down turkey and green beans all day? No.
Savor the feast in creative ways by cooking up healthier options, such as the following:
- Mashed cauliflower (as a substitute for mashed potatoes)
- Vegetable gravy
- Wild rice and cranberry stuffing
- Baked cinnamon apples
- Roasted pumpkin soup
- Sautéed green beans
- Healthy pumpkin pie
We understand that a traditional Thanksgiving means stuffing your face with all the food you can take, and that’s fine with us—enjoy your meal and time with family. However, when push comes to shove, our Olathe personal trainers would always advise against going in for round two (or three or four) in the days after Thanksgiving.
Why? Leftovers are sometimes considered a lead-in to overeating, particularly on Thanksgiving, because most people don’t take note of portion size when piling their plates with refrigerated food.
If you do opt for day-after helpings, stick to the healthier items, such as veggies, turkey, and cranberries. Whatever you do, don’t devour another slice of pie once midnight strikes. You’ve seen Gremlins, right?
Track Your Calories as Best You Can
Ten years ago, tracking your calories was a laborious task that made Thanksgiving seem like work. And who likes to work on Thanksgiving?
Now, keeping tabs on what you eat is as simple as unlocking your phone (for the most part). Check out our post from last month to discover some calorie counting apps that should help keep you in line. Although those homemade meals aren’t scannable by barcode, you can round it off fairly accurately—just be honest with yourself.
Sign Up for a Thanksgiving Race in Kansas City
Nearby Overland Park may be one of the healthiest cities in America, but Kansas City also has loads of healthy action on Thanksgiving morning. Register for any of these local 5Ks or races (costume optional):
- Ward Parkway Thanksgiving Day Run & Walk – Both 5K and 10K races will kick off at 9 AM, so you can jog while someone else bastes the turkey.
- Thanksgiving Day 5K Run and Family Stroll – Overland Park’s 28th Annual T-Day race is great for the entire family and also begins at 9 AM.
- Kansas City Turkey Trot 5K/8K – The Chiefs may call Arrowhead Stadium home during the rest of the season, but on Thanksgiving, it serves as the base for this new KC tradition.
- Hyde Park Pilgrim Run – Proceeds from this Thanksgiving 5K will benefit the Community Programs of Pilgrim Center.
Hit the Gym
Of course, nothing beats those excess Thanksgiving calories into submission better than a trip to our Olathe gym after the tryptophan runs its course. In fact, some studies show that post-meal exercise is more beneficial than morning workouts. Schedule an additional personal training session after your meal or over the weekend, and tell those Turkey Day pounds to make like tree—and get out of here.
Ready to become a member of SunPoint fitness? Thanksgiving is the best time of year to start working out with our Kansas City fitness trainers, as it’ll get you prepared for the big-boy holiday: Christmas. Gulp. Contact our personal trainers at (913) 267-5348 or stop by our Olathe boutique gym at 15280 S. Keeler Street to discuss your membership options or sign up for a group fitness session.
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