Thanksgiving Dinner With Half Calories

Posted: Nov 22 2016, 1:13am CST | by , Updated: Nov 22 2016, 1:16am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

Thanksgiving Dinner with Half Calories
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Apparently, scientists have calculated the means of slashing the caloric load of a large Thanksgiving dinner.

Many people are pretty diet-conscious yet when it is time to enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving dinner with the big delicious turkey and other goodies and eatables, they tend to overeat.

Then they look at the scale and sigh sadly since a few of the pounds have crept back on their frames making them less healthier than before. Well, they can take some satisfaction in the fact that there are means of lowering the chances of an all-out splurge on Thanksgiving. 

A traditional holiday dinner was tabulated by the scientists and everything from the main course to the dessert was part of the calculations in calories. It seems to be the case that you can eat a filling meal without having the weight creep back on your spare tire.

Rule #1 is not to stuff your mouth with more than you can chew at a single sitting. Normally an average person eats 4500 calories at a single sitting during Thanksgiving dinner.

Yet with some simple substitutions one can reduce these calories by half. Standard servings ought to be followed since it is partially all about portion control.    

There is no need to go for second helpings. An approach of eating a little of everything is the best policy since it is satiating and safe as well.

From 1600 to 2800 calories would be ideal, according to ConsumerReports. Yet skipping breakfast (or even lunch) for the sake of splurging at dinner time would be a big mistake.

The body is much more intelligent at compensating and will not allow you any peace till you have had your fill. Some appetizers in limited quantities would also be ideal although getting carried away with them would be a bad strategy that could backfire. 

As for the main meal, one ought to use some sensible eating skills to manage calorie control. The turkey should be eaten without its skin which contains a ton of calories.

The stuffing contains a lot a sodium so low-sodium salt ought to be used in its making. The sweet potatoes are not bad since they contain many valuable nurtients.

The green beans ought to be lightly sauted to save up on extra calories. The mashed potatoes should have low fat milk as a part of their makeup and also ought to be low in sodium.

Do not go the whole hog with the gravy since it is very rich in calories. The cranberry sauce ought to contain natural sugars instead of sucrose. Cornbread is best eaten minimally and a simple glass of wine ought to complete the main meal.

Last but not least the dessert should be made from low fat ingredients and natural sugars instead of butter, cream or table sugar. Thus your Thanksgiving dinner will have its caloric load slashed by half and the next day you will not dread facing the weighing scale. 

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