Eat too much over Thanksgiving? Do these five things
By Brittany Anas
It happened again, didn’t it? Some how, some way you ate too much on Thanksgiving, slipped into a turkey coma on the couch only to wake up for a second dose of your aunt’s famous pecan pie. Sound about right?
If you ate too much on Thanksgiving — like at epic turkey day levels in excess of 3,000 calories, which is how much the average American consumes — here’s five things you can do to get back on track.
- Recommit. Think of it this way: You bring home a carton of eggs and one is broken. You don’t go break the rest of the eggs. right?. Just because you had one “off” day from your diet plan, don’t wreck your diet for the rest of the week.
- Do a high-intensity interval workout. These workouts are all the rage right now. They’re efficient and known for torching calories. The idea is to spike your heart rate for a short period of time and then retreat to less intense activity. Check out an Orange Theory class in your city. Or, head out to a trail near your home and alternate between one minute of sprinting and two minutes of light jogging or walking. Crunched on time? Give these Xpress Workouts a try: You an mix and match more than 25 different workouts that are 10 minutes each. (Take advantage of 8 percent Cash Back at Wal-Mart from ShopAtHome.com).
- Get back to eating breakfast. One of the metabolism mistakes we make on Thanksgiving is “saving room” for one big meal and skipping breakfast all together. A well-balanced breakfast sets the pace for a healthy day. Try to include a lean protein, whole grains and fruits or veggies — like scrambled eggs with turkey bacon and a side of fruit. If you’ve got a fast-paced morning, add some sliced fruit or berries to an unsweetened bran cereal.
- Don’t repeat the feast. Thanksgiving is a once-a-year deal. Be careful not to load up your plate on Friday with a heaping of turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and pie for a re-enactment of the holiday. Instead, be smart with your leftovers. Make a turkey and cranberry sandwich on a whole grain bread or spread the turkey over a leafy green spinach salad or add the turkey to a vegetable or minestrone soup for some protein.
- Keep a food diary. Even if it’s just during the holiday season, write down what you’re eating and how many calories you’re consuming at each meal time and snack time. Not only will it help you stay on track, it’s a proven weight loss technique.
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