As Thanksgiving and other holidays are approaching, we are inclined to indulge ourselves in eating any number of foods that we usually avoid. Because most people, coming back from their yearly feasting, are complaining about those extra kilos, the CCC, has posted a Thanksgiving fitness update.
According to the statistics, each year, be it Thanksgiving, Easter or Christmas, and average American would consume at a single meal, an equivalent of 4500 calories and about 229 grams of fat. The Calorie Control Center, headed by the esteemed nutritionist Sara Wilson, had the opportunity to give a couple of advice to the people who are preparing to sit down at the table in order to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal.
The first advice on Wilson’s list, as part of that Thanksgiving fitness update, is to get lots and lots of sleep. Why is sleep so important and what does it have to do with eating? During sleep, our body manages to keep in check those hormones which are responsible for controlling feelings like hunger, emptiness or fullness. Wilson’s advice is to get a lot a sleep after a long and nourishing Thanksgiving meal. In order for your body to have the opportunity of regenerating, you must get at least 7 hours of sleep.
Another advice worth following is how you engage your Thanksgiving dinner. It is for the best that you should eat something before the meal itself. It’s now wise to stay hungry for too long. This helps you regulate the amount of food you’ll eat during the meal. Also it is a good idea to stack your plates with more vegetables and avoid overusing dressing sauces.
Next on the list is the thorny matter involving food portioning. Lots of us know what this procedure entails. Wilson’s advice is to pucker up and keep saying to yourself that it is for the best. According to ChooseMyPLate, a site founded by the United States Department of Agriculture, in order to have a balanced diet, you should know a couple of thinks about how to portion your plate. Hence, about half of your plate should be reserved to vegetables and fruits, another quarter will be spared for food high in protein, leaving the other quarter for foods that contain grains.
Last advice on Wilson’s list is about your table guests. Do try to spend more time chatting about things of interest and less time munching. However, there is a downside to this. Be careful when choosing your company. Studies have shown that individuals are prone to overeating if they are seated next to persons which they find annoying.