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No-Nonsense Weight Loss

by Mike Levinson, Fitness Expert
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Thanksgiving is approaching fast and furious -- it marks a time of year in which overeating is expected. Fortunately, it's not as hard as you think to have a guilt-free Thanksgiving meal. With a little pre-planning and a commitment to staying on course, the holidays can be quite pleasurable.

Thanksgiving is only one meal. One meal won't derail your weight loss goals. What will derail them is using one holiday indulgence as an excuse to binge until New Year's!

Here are some tips to keep you focused:

Be Realistic:
Don't set yourself up to fail. Shift your goal from weight loss to weight maintenance during the holidays.

Make a Game Plan:
Dieting through Thanksgiving doesn't have to leave you feeling deprived. With a little pre-planning, you can have a healthy and happy holiday dinner.

Bring a Dish:
If you're not preparing the Thanksgiving meal yourself, ask your host if it would be all right to bring a dish for the family to enjoy.

Have Doggy Bags Ready:
Send your guests home with those tempting sweet potato pies that might otherwise live in your fridge.

Eat Slowly:
It takes 15 minutes for your brain to register that you're full. Savor your food, drink lots of water and slow down. Water is a dieter's best friend. Water helps control your appetite by making you feel fuller faster.

Eat Before the Party Starts:
Don't go to dinner starving. Eat a healthy breakfast and a low-calorie ...    Continue

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@ 5:04pm ET on November 20, 2008
These are helpful!! Thanks a bunch:) Patty

@ 8:34pm ET on November 20, 2008
Oh, I'll be using these tips come Turkey Day! Thanks for the article!


@ 1:41pm ET on November 22, 2010
Thanks so much! :) I'll be sure to keep this in mind for the holidays.

@ 7:45pm ET on November 9, 2014
Thanks for the tips.

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