Monday, 19 November 2007

Jumpstart Your Fitness: By attacking Thanksgiving weight gain with these 7 tips

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Who doesn't struggle with Thanksgiving weight gain? I don't know anybody, really, and honestly those people who don't are probably best served by keeping that detail to themselves! It's funny, though, that one of the times we're all most looking to be skinny (due to seeing family and friends and wanting to make a good impression) just happens to be right smack in the middle of one of the most fattening times of the year: the holidays.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner now is the time to make a battle plan! Attack weight gain without sacrificing your enjoyment of the big meal this Thursday with these 7 holiday dining weapons:
  • Go for white meat only. This might be the single easiest thing you can do because thankfully turkey (especially the white meat) is naturally lean and low in calories (44 cals and 1g fat/0 sat fat per skinless ounce). Obviously this is assuming you bake or roast (what's the difference???) your bird instead of deep fat frying.
  • Make gravy that's all about flavor, not fat. Options for this include: using low-sodium/low-fat broth, using the pan drippings from the turkey but chilling them first so you can skim a lot of the fat off, or getting totally creative with a new recipe like this fat-free Cider Gravy.

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