The next 5 weeks are challenging for many, whether you’re trying to lose weight or just striving to avoid weight gain. My suggestion is, put yourself first by going last this year–be the last to fill up your plate on Thanksgiving. Many studies (by Brian Wansink and others) show that:
A) We eat more when we are around other people
B) We eat more when there is a greater variety of foods to choose from
C) We eat more out of bigger containers
By the time you get to the table to eat, you’ll likely notice some others are already finishing the first plate and heading for seconds. When it comes to dessert, have whatever you want that will fit into your palm (even a designated hitter’s palm is okay). Really, at Thanksgiving you can ingest thousands of calories in mere minutes.
This year, I am thankful we have food to feed our family, thankful for the men and women working for our freedom and safety, and thankful to be with amazing family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!