How Not to Gain Weight on Thanksgiving

You started eating clean and now you are starting to have anxiety about the upcoming holiday season, especially Thanksgiving. This is completely understandable, nobody wants to ruin all the results they’ve achieved.

Luckily for you, I have put together this Thanksgiving themed blog post outlining the best foods to eat and how to incorporate an indulgence or two. Hey, even I can’t resist a slice of pecan pie.

#1 Decide in advance if you are going to allow yourself to deviate from clean eating.  We all should learn to relax and enjoy all types of food every once in a while. However, if you do plan on indulging but don’t want to ruin all your hard work, pick only one thing as your treat. If you love sweets, have a slice of pumpkin pie but don’t have the mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and dinner rolls with your main meal.

#2 Get your protein in. Make sure you put a palm size piece of turkey breast on your dinner plate.  Turkey breast is one of the leanest meats you can have, and it is definitely on a clean eating plan. Remember our muscles need protein to rebuild themselves.

#3 Have a plate of salad as your appetizer. This will prevent you from picking at all the chips and dips that are normally out before the main meal begins.

#4 Bring a healthy dish to your thanksgiving party.  If you want to stick to clean eating throughout the holidays, this is how to do it without being anti social.   In case the hostess does not offer any clean options, you will always have something to fall back on.

#5 Thanksgiving is 1 day not 1 whole weekend.  If you don’t want to gain any weight, get right back to clean eating and your workout schedule the very next day.

Eating poorly for 1 meal will not set you back. Enjoy your pie, have a drink or two, but remember in order to see results you have to be consistent.  Once Thanksgiving is over, get back on your plan to a healthier, sexier you.  You will be well ahead of everyone else come New Year’s.

Disclaimer: I am not a certified trainer or nutritionist. Please check with your doctor prior to starting any diet or exercise plan.  The information provided is what I have learned via personal research.

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