Maintaining a healthy weight is vital for avoiding and preventing disease, but it can be challenging through the holiday season. In honor of Thanksgiving, Sigma Wellness has a few health suggestions and wisdom for making it through this tasty (but testing) time unscathed.
1. Don’t worry about the turkey.
If you’ve been committed to white meat purely for the caloric edge over dark meat, take note: the calorie and fat difference between is small. Compare: 3 ounces of white meat with skin is 160 calories and 2 grams of saturated fat, while the same amount of dark meat with skin is 190 calories and 3 grams of fat. If you love the dark meat, help yourself! If you still feel guilty, know that 4 minutes of jumping will burn of that 30 calorie difference.
2. Desserts hurt.
It may be hard to resist Aunt Ginny’s delicious homemade toffee (293 cal/two-inch square) or Mom’s fudge (233 cal/two-inch square), but consider this: it takes a 130 pound woman nearly an hour of walking to burn off those treats. Consider swapping it out for fruit cake: the large chunks of fruit take up more room per slice, and you’ll be taking in less batter.
Watch for more holiday health tips to come!