Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and if you’re trying to lose weight, you might find it difficult to stick to your weight loss plan. Thankfully, there are a few strategies you can put to good use to enjoy Thanksgiving with friends and family without feeling guilty or overindulging.

Wear Form-Fitting Clothes

Not only are form-fitting clothes a great way to show off your new figure, they’re also a solid way to better ensure you don’t overeat. This is because your clothes can quickly start to feel uncomfortable if you eat too much, which can’t be said if you’re wearing loose clothes.

Count Calories

Be sure to keep in mind the number of calories found in traditional Thanksgiving foods, such as:

  • 1/4 cup of cranberry sauce: 102 calories
  • 3”x3” square of cornbread: 198 calories
  • 1/2 cup stuffing: 195 calories
  • 3 1/2 oz of white meat turkey with the skin: 177 calories
  • 1/2 cup serving of green bean casserole: 227 calories
  • 1 cup of mashed potatoes made with butter and salt: 237 calories
  • 1 slice of pumpkin pie: 280 calories

While these calorie counts aren’t exact since recipes and ingredients vary, they serve as a good starting place. Don’t hesitate to ask what’s in foods you aren’t sure about the calorie count. If you’d rather not make your weight loss plan public, you can simply say you’re interested in the recipe.

Monitor Your Portions

As you’re counting calories, be sure you aren’t loading your plate up with massive portions. Add the calories up in your head as you make your way down the serving table. Know that calories can quickly mount up, even if you add just a bit more of those inviting mashed potatoes or a half-scoop of green bean casserole.

Eat Before You Eat

Rather than wait until Thanksgiving dinner before you eat the first meal of the day, do yourself a favor and eat beforehand. Specifically, about an hour before dinner, enjoy a low-calorie and healthy snack, maybe something with fiber so you feel satisfied and won’t risk eating too much later on.

Work With a Professional to Help your Weight Loss Plan

If you’re on a supervised weight loss plan like the Personal Calorie Control Plan, be sure you don’t forget to consult with Dr. Masood so you stay on track. While you might like to cheat a bit and eat whatever you want, it’s in your best interest not to.
A medically supervised weight loss plan is most definitely the way to go if you want to enjoy the best results. Sign up for a free consultation with the Rochester Medical Weight Loss Center today.