Who’s the Turkey? Tips to Surviving Holiday Weight Gain


November and December are perhaps the time we are most vulnerable when it comes to weight gain.


The food experience at the holidays can be just glorious but so unforgiving.  Pies, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cakes and so many things that find their way to your torso.  Whether we are hosting or arriving at a family’s home for dinner we are greeted by tons of food and that beautiful tempting smell.  We fill our plates to the brim and go back for second helpings.  It feels really good going down but after we are left feeling stuffed and mentally deflated.   In fact, the Calorie Control Council estimated that the average American can consume as many as 4500 calories on Thanksgiving Day.  That is more than 2x the recommended limit for most adults.


Here are some tips to get us through the meal leaving satisfied but not a feeling like we have completely blown our diet.

  • Maintain portion control. Know your limits.  Don’t deprive yourself but take smaller amounts and consider using a smaller plate. Any opportunity to put lower calorie foods on your plate will also help.
  • Eat when you are hungry not just because. The famous saying, “wait the turkey is almost done.”  If you fast all day you will feel ravenous and this can cause you to over eat.  Once full, you shouldn’t eat just because there is food on the table.
  • Slow down. It can take 20 minutes for your brain to tell you that you are full.  Take a few bites and enjoy your company.  Give your body a fighting chance to signal to you when you are full.
  • Keep a food diary. Keep count of calories and intake.  Set goals.  Technology is your friend and there are great apps to do just that.
  • Minimize high calorie drinks. Water is your friend.  Utilize tall skinny glasses.  An alcoholic drink can add 200 or more calories.
  • Avoid the fatty snacks. That appetizer table can become a crutch especially if you are hungry or trying to avoid some awkward conversations.   Stay clear of the tempting desserts in the office.


Feeling good and eating healthy promotes a sense of happiness.  If you are not getting the weight loss results you are looking for and need that extra support, then call BestCare Now.  At BestCare Now we offer physician directed weight loss.  To learn more call 470-485-0012 or visit our website. Our clinic is open 7 days a week and located at 500 Nathan Dean Blvd., Dallas GA 30057.