Counting Calories For Holidays
Don’t worry, you can still enjoy Thanksgiving without counting calories, so go ahead and dive in those perfectly mashed potatoes and baked turkey.
A pumpkin pie that smells so good?
During this week, almost everybody is searching for healthy Thanksgiving recipes in order not to wonder how many calories will be digested and of course – to avoid holiday gain.
Yup. You’ve worked so hard to get that waistline of yours, but don’t worry.
One day of more caloric meal won’t hurt you or ruin your weight at all.
It’s just one day.
Don’t torture yourself.
If you’re looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner, or any other special occasion dining experience, go for it and eat what you want.
But, the next day – get back on your horse again.
Don’t get pulled into those wonderful meals so easily.
Yes, this is easier said than done because some people worry that one meal makes or breaks everything they’ve worked for…busting themselves in the gym.
Does One Large Meal Really Matters
One single and indulgent meal is not going to destroy your metabolism, gain tremendous amount of weight, or ruin your longer-term goals.
To gain a notable amount of weight, you’d need to continuously consume more calories than your body can burn over the course of several days.
Let say : a person consumes 2.000 calories daily and maintains weight, and on Thanksgiving day – 5.000 calories are consumed.
The body is going to store 3.000 extra calories because they are not burned, but not single pound will be gained (One pound of fat is equivalent to 3.500 calories.)
Those calories will go off during everyday living, eating and workout routine you have.
One big meal isn’t enough to cause a noticeable physical difference or weight fluctuation. You may probably feel bloated and slightly dehydrated in case you’re consuming alcoholic beverages.
What really matters is how Thanksgiving as a holiday, influences your behavior in the following days.
Will you continue to eat as much?
If you still consume the same high amounts of food, surely you’ll gain weight if you don’t spend it within next few days.
Also, keep in mind that you’re probably going to eat all those leftovers making you lose control and stop counting calories whatsoever.
Yes, it will definitely have consequences like weight gain, or ruin all of your healthy eating habits.
It is always about the bigger picture, and not just one meal.
Enjoy Thanksgiving And Then Reset The “EAT” Button
Instead of making culinary sacrifices this year, try this less restrictive and more balanced approach.
Make a conscious decision to hit pause button on your health-focused ways to actually enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, and then press play button again once the night is over.
In the hours before the main event, eat normally, starting with a high protein breakfast when you wake up.
You shouldn’t hold out for the big dinner later on and not eat all day – you will eat much more and you’ll feel overeaten.
Throughout your gathering, eat mindfully and enjoy each bite.
Give yourself permission to soak up the moment, people, the food and all those flavors.
“Pass out” early on Thanksgiving night, to make it easier for you to get back on your healthy A-game on Friday, as lack of sleep is increasing hunger.
Drink a large glass of water or two when you wake up the next morning to aid digestion, rehydrate your body and kickstart your metabolism.
Do not skip breakfast the morning after either, as you’ll feel hungrier afterwards and counting calories won’t help you here.
Consider preventing a week-long food binge by getting rid of leftovers. Buy disposable food containers so you can send leftovers home with your guests.
And last advice: don’t forget to schedule some of your favorite workouts for the week after Thanksgiving to burn all those eaten calories.
And don’t worry.
Stick to your plan and you’ll be back in the saddle in no time.
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