Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock Every Thanksgiving, Americans gather to celebrate family, give thanks—and stuff our faces until we feel sick. Tragically, filling up too fast means you won’t manage to grab seconds or thirds of all the best dishes. To do so, you need to maximize your food intake. Here’s how.
Note: This advice is not conducive to a healthy everyday diet. But then again, neither is Thanksgiving. (Don’t believe these myths about Thanksgiving.)
file404/Shutterstock To consume as much as possible, start on an empty stomach. But don’t starve yourself, lest you eat too much too quickly instead of pacing yourself.
“Fasting is typically not a good idea,” says registered dietitian Leslie Bonci. Instead, she recommends that you follow your regular meal schedule but stop eating four to six hours before the main event.
Exercising early in the day is a good idea, however. Physical exertion can stimulate the appetite. And a brisk walk or run helps move food through your digestive system and empty out your stomach in preparation.
Finally, you may find it easier to eat a lot if you’re relaxed. So immediately before the meal, take some deep breaths, think calm thoughts, and avoid confronting your ornery uncle (you can argue with him after you’ve defeated your turkey).
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