The number of calories consumed at an average Thanksgiving dinner is 3,000. Yes, you read it right. 3,000. That's nearly twice the number of calories you're supposed to consume in a whole day. To avoid a turkey day pig-a-thon, and the weight gain that comes with it, keep these nutritionist tips in mind.
1. Don't show up starving. Eat a protein snack like a low-fat string cheese or yogurt before leaving the house. The protein will help hold off hunger.
2. Wear your skinny jeans. The more snug your clothing, the more aware you are of your body. "Studies show that women who wear loose-fitting clothes eat more," says nutritionist Jana Klauer.
3. Scan the table before filling up. You may love mashed potatoes and stuffing more than life itself, but choosing raw or grilled vegetables instead is the secret to staying thin-they keep your mouth busy and fill you up quickly, so you don't have room for that second piece of cornbread.
4. Steer clear of the cocktails. "Alcohol can enhance your appetite and make you eat things you normally wouldn't," says Klauer. Alternate a glass of wine or beer with nonalcoholic, noncaloric drinks.
5. Part with the leftovers. If you're the hostess, send each guest home with a dish that might tempt you for days following the holiday. (Better it end up on their butt than yours.)
Related: Eat More of These Foods and Weigh Less.
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