Five Ways to Lose the Thanksgiving Weight Gain
This week we celebrate Thanksgiving. For most, this means tackling an attitude of gratitude, several cooks in the kitchen as family join together, lots of cheers & toasts leading to a greater buzz than we may be used to, and of course, the abundance of sinful foods. After consuming all the turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pies, casseroles and on and on, we start questioning why we didn’t wear our favorite sweat pants to dinner. In fact, the Calorie Control Council says the average American consumes 4,500 calories on this one day (and on average, 1,200 of those are BEFORE the actual Thanksgiving feast!). Yikes!
Don’t despair, Thanksgiving weight gain doesn’t have to stay around for long. Here are a few of our favorite ways to ditch the extra weight many of us put on after a Thanksgiving feast.
1. Clean Up Your Diet. Thanksgiving is one of the few days a year we at Swopper like to go all out. If you’re like us and partake in all the food available during a Thanksgiving feast, then the days following the holiday are a great time to get refocused on cleaning up your diet by eating whole foods, like vegetables in a variety of colors (the old wise men used to say “Eat a rainbow of foods each day and you’ve received the nutrients you need!”). Don’t forget that some of the best soups are made with squash and other healthy vegetables.
2. Cut the alcohol and opt for water. Thanksgiving can often include wine, cocktails and other libations as family and friends gather. After the party ends, opt for filtered water over alcohol to cleanse your body. We think your head will thank you too. (I hope I can follow this one! Ha ha)
3. Commit to an exercise plan. The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a great time to get a jump-start on your New Year’s fitness goals. Start slow with a weekly exercise routine you can commit to and then ramp up from there. Even a brisk walk around the neighborhood has benefits for your health, so grab your family members and go for an adventure walk this holiday.
4. Get enough sleep. Sleep is crucial to maintaining a healthy weight. After those late-night catch up sessions with family you don’t see often, make getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night a priority. The great part about the Holiday’s is those cat naps but be sure it isn’t because you consumed too much turkey and stuffed your belly until you experienced a food coma.
5. Make small changes to your lifestyle to support wellness. Take a step back and investigate your daily life for opportunities to make small changes to improve your health. Instead of heading to the couch with a bowl of popcorn, head to the bowling alley to burn off some of those turkey day calories and watch the game at the same time! Headed to the grocery store for more chips and dip, park as far away as possible! Of course there are some great family traditions like flag football, family basketball tournaments or even join the kids on a bike ride.
Whatever you do, do it safely and enjoy the holidays!
~ Jenn Lytle Director of Customer Service & Social Marketing