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Avoiding weight gain on Thanksgiving

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Let's face it, Americans love to eat.

Especially on Thanksgiving.

The Caloric Control Council estimates the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving alone.

Nutritionists say it's alright to eat some of the bad stuff, but stay in control.

And there's one thing most important to remember.

"I think it would be the portion size," said Registered Dietitian Geri Lynn Grossan. "So it's not really the food, it's how much of that plate, how big is the plate, how much food is on that plate."

If you're hosting, consider keeping the food off the table and having people get it from the counter so guests don't grab mindlessly.

"What research shows is the more food that is served and available, regardless of hunger, the more a person eats," Grossan said.

Some tips to avoid gaining weight include eating a healthy breakfast, having healthy options on hand, drinking lots of water and getting some exercise throughout the day. 

"A lot of gyms are going to closed or limited, so if you're busy cooking, take a nice jog around the neighborhood," said Zeke Rodriguez, a trainer at Club Sport in Henderson.

The bottom line, enjoy, but remember what you'll feel like the day after.

And then get back on track to a healthy lifestyle to avoid a holiday spiral out of control.

At least half of your plate at dinner should be vegetables, hopefully not covered in cheese or sauce.

And the thought process has always been wait 15 to 20 minutes before going back for seconds.

New research shows for overweight people, the trigger from stomach to brain takes 45 minutes.

So slow down and enjoy the company.

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