How to keep off the weight while indulging in your Thanksgiving feast

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Keeping the extra weight off while enjoying the holidays can be a difficult task for many. If you ask dietitians, they will tell you portion control is key.

Jill Jennings with the Brody School of Medicine said going into the meal with the mindset of smaller portions can help. She also said having small meals or snacks throughout the day will help prevent overeating when it comes time for the Thanksgiving feast.

Jennings recommends you reduce the butter used in food, and also try and find replacements for things like heavy cream and sour cream.

Ensuring you stay hydrated and drink lots of water is also important.

“For every soda you have or glass of wine you have, also have a glass of water,” Jennings said. “That will help you cut back. Or even you can add water to wine and make a spritzer.”

Jennings also warns about under cooked food. Turkey should be cooked to at least 165 degrees, along with any stuffing you may put inside of the bird.

Jennings recommends when it comes to dessert, pick out which items are must haves, and leave the rest behind.

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