5 Ways to Avoid Overeating at Thanksgiving

Tips to avoid eating everything at the Thanksgiving table

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to dig in to those savory foods we all know and love.

Although those foods are delicious, we should eat them in moderation.

So how can you stay mindful this Thanksgiving?

  • Eat regular meals

Instead of starving yourself all day in preparation for dinner, eat regular meals such as breakfast, a snack midday, lunch, and dinner.

Studies have shown that eating more frequently throughout the day can decrease hunger and overall food intake.

  • Use a smaller plate

When you have a bigger plate, it’s easy to eat more. In fact, a study done by Cornell University shows that people who were given bigger buckets of stale popcorn ate 34% more than those given stale popcorn in a medium container according to Cornell.

  • Drink more water

Drinking water curbs hunger and facilitates weight loss. A review of 17 studies found that adults who drank sugar-sweetened beverages with meals consumed 7.8 percent more food than adults who consumed water with meals, according to Healthline. Drink more water instead of alcohol, soda, or other beverages high in sugar.

  • Limit distractions

A review of 24 studies found that being distracted during a meal led people to consume more calories. Eat with your non-dominant hand, take smaller bites, or set a timer for 20 minutes for mindful eating, according to Harvard Health.

  • Stay active

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be about sitting around. Sign up for your local 5K, walk, or throw a football! After all, staying active might prevent you from overeating.