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Feasting on Thanksgiving without the guilt
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
So how many calories do you think you've eaten so far?
Well brace yourselves for this number, the average American Thanksgiving meal can carry a load of more than 4,000 calories.
What will you be digging into today, maybe some pie? You may want to think twice.
"The season is known for food and people are usually afraid they're going to gain a lot of weight," Peyton Jones, group fitness supervisor for the Health and Wellness Center in Beaumont.
In fact most Americans who gain holiday weight won't lose it.
"Don't give yourself an excuse to go out on an all out assault on your diet, really try to stick with your plan and just realize that fat loss is just another meal away," Jones says.
But, let's be real, most of us are going to eat the food anyway.
"Go ahead and start with a high protein first, try to eat the turkey and your vegetable first so that you're not as hungry for the other high calorie things that are your favorites," Jones said.
She says it's best to stick with one starchy food per meal.
"As many vegetables as you can pack in even if they're covered with butter, it's better than the stuffing or the roll or the mashed potato," Jones says.
The gym here already looks empty for the holidays, many are even closed.
How do you stay on track with workouts or lose a few calories if you've already eaten?
She it's as easy as opening up the pantry.
"Any can will do, because you'll be surprised with as many reps, you really will feel it," Jones says.
Jones shows is an exercise jones says works the arms, your deltoids and triceps. "I would say a good number is at least 25," Jones said.
She says when working with light weights, higher reps tone and burn the most calories. Now let's focus on legs.
"A squat with a bicep curl and you're using the can. If you want to take it up a notch we can do squat now lift the arm straight up, bend it in and come out," Jones describes.
Jones says it's important to slightly lift the toes to avoid hurting your knees.
"Now that we've worked everything else out, we are going to do a few core center exercises," Jones says.
Jones say this abdominal workout focuses on core strength. "Pick them back up, we're going to hold them in and we're going to twist right and left and right and left," Jones explains.
While we twisted right and left, the only thing on my mind was burning those calories to get to the food!
"Stretch in and left and right and center stretch in and just hold it. Breathe and roll it all the way down," Jones explains.
The wellness center will be hosting a workout class next month.
It's called the workout that keeps on giving.
Mark your calendars for December 23rd.
To participate, all you need is two canned goods, of the same size and a willingness to lose some calories.