According to the Calorie Control Council, the average Thanksgiving meal is 4500 Calories. But you can cut the calories without making big sacrifices.
Here are 5 tips to a thinner Thanksgiving from WebMD.
1. Get active. Create a calorie deficit by exercising to burn off extra calories before you ever indulge in your favorite foods. Try to take a walk early in the day and then again after dinner. It's a wonderful way for families to get physical activity and enjoy the holiday together.
2. Eat breakfast. While you might think it makes sense to save up calories for the big meal, experts say eating a small meal in the morning can give you more control over your appetite. Start your day with a small but satisfying breakfast -- like an egg with a slice of whole-wheat toast, or a bowl of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk -- so you won't be starving when you arrive at the gathering.
3. Lighten up. There's more sugar and fat in most recipes than is needed, and no one will notice the difference if you skim calories by using lower calorie ingredients. Use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy and try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes and casseroles.
4. Police your portions. Don't waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long -- fill your plate with small portions of holiday favorites that only come around once a year. And as hard as it may be, try to resist the temptation to go back for second helpings.
5. Slowly savor. Eating slowly, putting your fork down between bites, and tasting each mouthful is one of the easiest ways to enjoy your meal and feel satisfied with one plate full of food.Also, spread out the food and fun all day long.