Thanksgiving is all about expressing gratitude and appreciation for those who matter most.
It's also about eating stuffing, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes to the point where you literally cannot physically move (because let's be real- turkey gets all the love, but the side dishes are the real MVPs).
If you're stressing about gaining weight over the holiday season because of all the parties and potlucks, then I've got good news for you. You CAN have your cake (or pumpkin pie) and eat it too. Here are 3 tips on how to make it through the holidays without going completely off the rails.
1. Train Everyday
This is a given. If you've read any of my previous blogs, you know that I'm a firm believer in working out in some form or fashion every single day. Most gyms are closed on Thanksgiving and other major holidays, so don't worry about sticking to your normal training regimen, but do at least some type of activity. A quick 20-30 minute bodyweight workout first thing in the morning will keep you on track. Even a long walk around the block with your family is better than nothing. Just move!
2. Fast Until You Feast
If you're anything like me, you're about knock down an entire day's worth of calories in a matter of hours- prepare accordingly. Conserve those calories by fasting until Thanksgiving dinner. That's right, don't eat anything. If you're starving, go ahead and have a little snack, but most people have an earlier meal so it shouldn't be much of an issue.
3. Enjoy Yourself...For A Day
Eat and drink whatever you want for Thanksgiving dinner. Go nuts. This is a special time with special people and special food- enjoy it. But after Thursday, dial it back in immediately. That's the key. Don't linger on macaroni and potatoes and pies for the rest of the week. Turkey and veggies are fine, but let your family and friends take the rest of the leftovers.
That's all I've got!
I hope you all have a very safe and happy Thanksgiving!
(And Hook 'Em)