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10 Easy ways to drop the weight from Thanksgiving Dinner

The Thanksgiving table is a place for family, friends…and calories. These ten tips will help you drop the turkey weight as the holidays roll on.

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1. Drink water.

People often mistake thirst for hunger. Next time your stomach’s growling, grab a big glass of water first. Not only is water great for you, drinking also helps you feel full. Sipping on some water (or even unsweetened iced tea) just before you eat and throughout the meal keeps your need to feed under control.

2. Splurge! (Once in awhile).

Three meals a day for seven days means there are 21 meals in a week. If you allow yourself to eat whatever you want for even 2 of those, you won’t set yourself back. And you’ll feel less deprived.

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3. Spice it up.

Replace that mayo for spicy salsa and get the kick without the calories. From sandwiches and salad dressings to grilled chicken or fish, this easy substitution is a great way to thin out your meal.

4. Take it home.

The holidays often call for celebratory dinners out. At restaurants, before you even dig in, reduce the temptation to clean your plate by setting aside one-third of your meal. Ask your server to pack it up, and you can take it home for lunch the next day. Try this at home too and you can save yourself 500 calories a day, that’s a pound a week!

5. Lay off the booze.Avoid Alcohol

Eggnog, Brandy Alexanders and Mudslides may seem like harmless holiday libations while in actuality it’s the equivalent of drinking a rich dessert. Remember that all alcoholic drinks are a source of calories. A 12-ounce beer has 150 calories; a 3.5-ounce glass of wine, 85. A margarita packs a bigger caloric punch. The bottom line: If you’re trying to lose weight, stick with water.

6. Stay away from sodas.

Soft drinks are a major source of empty calories. Americans drink twice as much soda as milk and nearly six times more soda than fruit juice. If you are craving something sweet, you’re better off enjoying a small piece of dark chocolate than a can of cola. Solids satiate better than liquids. However, if you’re truly thirsty, reach for water or unsweetened iced tea instead of soda.

Enjoy your meal without rushing7. Don’t just eat — dine.

Eating on the run, at your desk, in your car or in front of the tube invites mindless munching. Instead, set the table every time you eat. Sit down and enjoy every last bite of your meal. Savor snacks too. Sitting down with a few potato chips on your best china helps assure that you don’t finish the whole bag.

8. Find a friend.

Whenever possible, don’t eat alone. Dining with loved ones slows down the pace of the meal and quite honestly, keeps you a little self-conscious.

9. Make smart substitutions.Healthy Alternatives

Look for nutritious low-calorie alternatives to sugary, high-fat treats. Try frozen grapes instead of candy. Use air-popped popcorn instead of oil-popped. Two egg whites instead of one whole egg, brown rice instead of white, frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. A few swaps a day can save a whole lot of calories.

10. Have a “party plan.”

When attending one of your countless holiday parties, offer to bring a plate. Not only will you be a courteous and gracious guest, but arriving armed with fresh veggies, fruit or any other low-calorie snack ensures that you’ll have something to snack on without feeling guilty.

When it comes to shedding the extra pounds, a few adjustments here and there can make a world of difference. But, don’t forget to enjoy yourself. Happy Turkey Day!

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