Can what you wear on Thanksgiving dictate what you can wear after Thanksgiving?
"We want to wear something that's form fitting, things like your skinny jeans or a form fitting dress or something that is snug on your body so you don't tend to overeat," says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, RND, a registered dietitian at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. "When we wear things that are comfortable or things with an elastic waistband, we tend to overeat."
Of course, your choice of wardrobe isn't the only important decision to make on Thanksgiving. There are food choices and plate management but Jamieson-Petonic says many decisions come before the turkey is even served.
"Start the day with a plan," says Jamieson-Petonic. She suggests starting the day with an activity, anything from a walk to a touch football game to a turkey trot. And she also advises against skipping any meals.
"When you skip breakfast, you're going to make your blood sugars drop, you're going to be hungrier, and we tend to overeat when we skip meals," she says.
Your plan doesn't end once your plate is clean, either.
"Be part of the clean up crew," says Jamieson-Petonic. "Your host will love you and if you spend about an hour cleaning off the table, loading the dishwasher, or cleaning up after the meal, you're going to burn about 100 calories."
Top Ten Thanksgiving Tips
1) Start your day with an activity
2) Don't skip breakfast
3) Don't wear loose fitting clothes
4) Eat vegetables not nuts as an appetizer
5) Put sides in a small bowl or ramekin to limit portion size
6) Only choose the foods you really want
7) Substitute mashed cauliflower for potatoes
8) Dessert or drinks -- one or the other but not both
9) Eat slowly since it takes 30 minutes for your brain to realize you're full
10) Help cleaning up can burn 100 calories