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Lifeline with Christine Hronec

Nov 17, 2021

Six Ways How To Lose Thanksgiving Day Weight

According to the Calorie Control Council, on Thanksgiving Americans on average, eat over 3,000 calories in one meal. Some consume even more than that. What are some of the best ways to lose excess weight gained at one of the most food festive days of the year?

1. Engage in family activities
Every year my Filipino family sings karaoke on Thanksgiving Day where everyone is up singing and dancing and MOVING around to the music. Some families do a 5k, some families play paintball. Whatever it is create a new family tradition where it gets the whole family active and moving.

2. Limit the alcohol
When it comes to the holidays, we know that avoiding alcohol is one of the last things you want to hear. For some, it's the crutch the helps us survive family gatherings and for others, it's part of our tradition such as indulging in certain alcoholic beverages on certain holidays.

If you must drink limit, it to lower calorie alcohol options such as vodka and soda or scotch on the rocks.

3. Eat a healthy breakfast
Before the actual Thanksgiving feast if you eat a protein packed breakfast it might persuade you to eat less. Protein is a natural appetite suppressant. A high protein breakfast could help keep you on track for the day. This could be an omelet, a protein shake, or chicken sausage with eggs and a side of sautéed spinach.

4. Limit dessert options
The turkey may take center stage on the Thanksgiving table, but the desserts aren't usually too far behind. Instead of lining up whole pies and cakes on the buffet table this holiday, consider baking an assortment of single-serving selections. Every diner can choose his or her own mini pie or tort. If single serve isn't an option, limit yourself to 2 tablespoons max of any dessert so you can experience it and move on.

5. Try food swaps
One of my favorite recipes that I demonstrated at Williams Sonoma is my heathy Chicken Sausage Cauliflower Stuffing which is a lighter and substantially heathier alternative to traditional stuffing. Same goes for my cauliflower mashed potatoes! The average Thanksgiving dinner range from 3,000 to 4,500 calories+. By swapping out more traditional foods for healthier ones, you can drop these numbers significantly while also getting more vital nutrients out of your meal.

6. Control your portions
Drink lots of water to fill you up over food. I suggest filling 40- 50% of your plate with green veggies, 30-40% with protein, and 2 tablespoons of any side. This method is extremely effective and allows you to experience all the fun foods without guilt.

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About Christine Hronec
Christine Hronec ( ) is an award-winning chemist and three-time champion fitness competitor, nutrition, and exercise expert. Since founding her company Gauge Life in 2013, Christine has helped approximately 40,000 women transform their bodies and switch to a body-positive self-image. Her YouTube channel has over 25 million views. Christine has received awards from the American Chemical Society and was published in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Christine was part of the team that created Time magazine’s “Invention of the Year” for her work in the biotech field.