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Don't Pack On The Thanksgiving Pounds: Tips & Tricks From A Celebrity Trainer!

Thu, November 26, 2009 12:00pm EDT by 1 Comment


How do Tyra Banks, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the NFL Cheerleaders stay so slim over the holidays? They aren’t a different species, they just have access to the top consultants in the world! But we can offer you some of the inside scoop on how NOT to eat during your Thanksgiving Meal.

Celebrity trainer and fitness consultant David Buer is a partner in SX Fitness, which has worked with celebs like Tyra, Leo, Fantasia, and L.L. Cool J, and he’s giving you the EXCLUSIVE tips on how to beat the bloat during your big dinner tonight!

Eat Before You Arrive: Consuming a small meal or snack consisting of lean proteins and fiber before you arrive will help prevent overindulgence and bad choices inspired by hunger.

Bring A Healthy Dish! Bringing 1-2 healthy dishes if you’re visiting friend or family. It’s thoughtful and will ensure you have options.

Avoid Apps: Most finger foods and appetizers are high in sodium and saturated fat. Those small little bites pack a big caloric punch in no time. Your safest option is usually to stick with the vegetable platter if one is available.

Drink LOTS of Water: Water helps control appetite and bloat the next day.

Eat Slowly: Scientific studies show it takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to produce hormones telling your brain that you are full. Eating slowly improves your digestion and helps avoid indigestion.

Survey Your Options: Scanning over the table or buffet line BEFORE digging in is a great way to portion your plate. If you commit to a single serving you may be tempted to go back for another.

End The Party, People! Don’t let the party carry over to the next day.   Though you don’t want to make a habit out of eating foods high in sugar, saturated fat and sodium, a reward for all of your disipline every once in a while is in order especially during during holidays. Enjoy your treat and move on to your usual healthy eating habits.

Pick Turkey Over Mac&Cheese: Pass on the sugars and starches if possible. Starchy and sugary foods trigger the release of insulin, a powerful hormone that signals your body to store fat. So make sure most of your calories are coming from proteins and vegetables like turkey and green beans that help your waistline.

Stop  BEFORE You’re Full: Overeating can have you experiencing symptoms like headache, bloating, indigestion, fatigue … not to mention guilt! … for days following the feast.

Don’t Drink Too Much: Alcohol contains 7 grams of empty calories per gram. A couple of holiday beers can easily add up to 300 + calories. Plus, it can increase your appetite while reducing your level of control to make healthier choices. If you choose to consume alcohol this holiday season avoid sugary drinks and limit your intake.  And always have a designated driver!