Thanksgiving is here. Or in the case of your waistline. Thanks-GROWING is here! Experts say the average person gains 2 pounds over the Thanksgiving holiday. So here are some easy ways to avoid those holiday calories. Courtesy of Weider Publications.
- Do the turkey trot. I’m not talking about the ‘trot’ from the couch to your fridge! I’m talking about running! If you ran 3 times a week at a moderate pace, you’d burn almost 4 thousand calories in a month!
- Prep for the slopes. Get in shape for the winter ski season by hitting the cross-country ski machine at the gym. If you ‘ski’ for 45 minutes twice a week, you’ll burn almost 5 thousand calories in a month.
- Strip your salad. Skip the cheese, croutons, and ranch dressing when you hit the salad bar. Instead, top your salad with veggies and a low-calorie dressing. If you do this twice a week, you’ll save yourself 3 thousand calories in a month.
- And finally, when it’s time to eat your big Thanksgiving dinner: Give your meal a makeover. You don’t have to starve yourself to avoid gaining weight on the big day. All you have to do is make a few simple food swaps. For example, avoid that cheese and cracker appetizer plate, and have fresh fruit instead. Also, bypass the green bean casserole in favor of actual green beans. And choose turkey slices that have no skin on them. Finally, resist that bottle of calorie-laden wine and drink water instead. If you make these easy food swaps, you’ll save yourself a whopping one thousand calories at your Thanksgiving meal.
So let’s review: If you run 3 times a week, use the ski machine twice a week, skipped the fattening salad toppings, and made some low-fat food switches at your Thanksgiving meal, you’d save enough calories to lose almost 4 pounds in a month! Gobble, gobble!