Tips for a thinner Thanksgiving

Posted at 9:10 PM, Nov 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-26 23:10:22-05

SALT LAKE CITY - The average person gains between one and two pounds during the holiday season.

While that may not seem like much, most people won't lose that weight. But nutritionists say there are a few tricks to avoid that holiday weight gain.

Don't drink your calories. They can add a lot of calories without adding a lot of satisfaction or a feeling of fullness. Limit your wine or eggnog to just a small glass and choose a healthier substitute like carbonated water with a splash of fruit juice.

Chew your food. Taking your time to eat will keep you from eating more than you need. It takes 20 minutes to fully judge how full you are, and that means you'll end up eating more.

Don't starve yourself before dinner. It can lead to eating far more than you normally would eat.

Burn off those calories. After eating your Thanksgiving feast, gather up your family and get in some physical activity to promote more energy and counter some of the calories.