Thanksgiving Eating

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving is about eating, but that doesnt mean you have to let the holiday meal wreck your weight loss goals. Follow these tips from Dr. Edward Hill in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Turkey and dressing, pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole...the annual Thanksgiving dinner is something we all look forward to. But most of us cant afford the traditional holiday weight gain. With a few simple changes to your usual approach, you can enjoy the feast without wrapping yourself in extra pounds.

Here are a few weight control tips that can help you maintain your weight and still enjoy that Thanksgiving feast.

Dont arrive starving. Eat before the big feast. A small healthful meal with lots of fiber keeps you feeling full until dinner.

Establish some ground rules in advance of the meal that allows you to indulge but not pig outfor example, only one sliver of dessert.

Buddy up with someone who is also trying to keep his or her weight in check.

Keep a food journal and write down everything that you eat.

Start a new family tradition. Take a bike ride, go for a hike or play tennis Thanksgiving morning.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.