How NOT to get FAT on Thanksgiving

A few years ago, a buddy of mine and I made a bet to see who could gain the most weight over Thanksgiving Break.

Being the ultimate competitor, I decided to pack on a whopping 12 Pounds between the Thursday of Thanksgiving and the Sunday night of that week.

Even though I was the champ, it took me two months to get rid of the excess weight I gained.

In order to prevent you from making the same mistake I did, here are five tips to keep you from getting "fat" on Thanksgiving.

1. Exercise
Lift weights, sprint, do plyometrics, whatever... Just make sure you put yourself in a situation where your metabolism is amped up.

2. Drink Lots of Water
This will keep you from eating too much. Plus, being hydrated will help keep your body from packing on too much fat.

3. Eat Something Healthy Before Dinner
Going to your Aunt's house on Thanksgiving with an empty stomach is a bad idea. This will only make you eat like an animal once its time for dinner. Before you go to the party, try to fill up on some healthy food like fruits or vegetables.

4. Eat Plenty of Turkey
White meat or dark meat? Who cares? Its Thanksgiving. Load up on as much protein as you want. If you are really that concerned about which meat to eat off the turkey on Thanksgiving, you should probably not be reading this website.

5. Bring Your Own Dessert.
Not all dessert has to be horrible for you. There are plenty of protein bars or organic cookies you can slip into the party so you don't have to eat pumpkin pie all night.

If anyone has any other tips they would like to share, please post them in the comments section.

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