#MassyMethodMondays: 5 Tips For Avoiding That Dreaded Holiday Weight Gain

Massy Method Monday Thanksgiving Weight Loss Tips

HYDRATE: Did you know that our brain can't differentiate hunger from thirst? Stunning, isn’t it? While you might think you’re hungry, you may only be dehydrated.

Staying hydrated during the entire day will not only keep you full, but it will also flush out excess sodium — helping you get rid of the water weight that comes from high carb, high sodium foods.

CHOOSE PROTEINS AND VEGGIES FIRST: A great way to cut back on overeating is to start with your proteins and veggies. Once you are done, you can move on to the carbs and dessert. By the time you finish with your veggies and protein, you will be fuller on the “right" kind of calories, and you'll have less room for the starchy frenemies.

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LIGHTEN UP: Lighten up your traditional thanksgiving meals. Making your recipes with less fat and sugar will help you tremendously. Here are some examples of how you can lighten up the most traditional thanksgiving dishes:

Turkey: Turkey breast is actually a very lean source of protein if you choose to eat the breast. Removing all the skin from your turkey — including the skin on the dark meat parts — will trim down a lot of the unwanted fat and excess calories so you can enjoy it without added guilt.

Candied yams: This classic holiday favorite is usually drenched in syrup, sugar and marshmallows. Instead, wrap medium sized yams individually in foil paper, and set them to bake slowly in the oven at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. When you bake yams using this method, each will release their own nectar and be buttery soft.

Mashed potatoes: Replace the butter and heavy cream for low fat sour cream. Elevate the flavors using garlic and a dash of parmesan cheese to create an unique taste with only a fraction of the calories.

Vegetables: We all know the importance of veggies in our diets, but during Thanksgiving, these can be covered in excess butter and salt. Instead, roast them in the oven slowly using just one tbsp of olive oil, and add some herbs like thyme and rosemary to develop the veggies natural flavors.

Gravy: Who says you need oil and butter to make delicious gravy? Lighten it up by whisking together some water and cornstarch, then add the mixture to your turkey pan drippings. The cornstarch will thicken up the sauce while the natural oils and seasonings from the drippings will create smooth and flavorful gravy.

Stuffing: You can’t call it stuffing without bread, can you? To make this healthier and cut back on a ton of calories, replace a portion of the bread with chopped veggies and choose a fat-free low-sodium vegetable stock to make it. Try adding some onions, mushrooms, squash, celery, and bell peppers. Believe me, you will enjoy the change of flavors, and be happy the next day.

Dessert: To lighten up your desserts, replace oils with non-fat yogurt and/or use applesauce to keep your baked goods moist while cutting back on their fat content. You can also choose low-calorie sweeteners like pure Stevia leaf extract to reduce empty calories from sugar.

Were these tips helpful? Share your own in the comments, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!