Considering that the average American adult consumes more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat from eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (Calorie Control Council), now is a good time to revisit some weight management tips. Heather McCracken, RD, MPH, licensed dietitian, offers the following suggestions on the subject:
- Set realistic goals. The coming months may not be a good time to set lofty goals for weight loss. Instead, focus on maintaining your current weight while enjoying the holidays.
- Exert portion control and remember that more is not necessarily better. For reference, a single serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards. A serving of potato is roughly the size of a computer mouse and a teaspoon of fat is about the size of your thumb nail.
- Be sure to schedule exercise into your holidays. A good strategy is to make a pact with a friend and take regular walks or engage in some sort of exercise every day.
- Don’t deprive yourself of your favorites. Deprivation sets you up for binging and a sense of failure. Instead, make it a balancing game and allow yourself room for give and take.