Roasted turkey on wooden tray


Thanksgiving, the holiday that loves to test your willpower with a feast fit for a king (or a whole family of kings). But fear not, my friends, for I'm here to help you navigate the treacherous waters of Thanksgiving indulgence with style and a dash of cleverness.

FAREWELL, FITNESS OBSESSION: Remember, it's Thanksgiving, not the Olympics. Give your workout a holiday break and focus on enjoying yourself – guilt-free!

IN-TRANSIT FITNESS: If you're traveling and feel like a sardine in a can, don't despair. Sneak in a quick bodyweight workout during your journey to keep those muscles awake. And if you feel too awkward doing lunges in public, save it for the restroom – it's your secret fitness hideout!

ACTIVE THANKSGIVING: Be a holiday hero and organize some outdoor fun with family and friends. Play a round of family football, throw together a field day, or maybe just a good old-fashioned game of tag. And before you dive into the feast, kick off your day with a family walk – it's a recipe for guilt-free indulgence!

TUMMY TAMING: You know the feast is coming, so prepare for it like a pro. Cut back a bit on meals leading up to the big day. If you're the host, cater to all dietary needs. As a guest, be ready to navigate the buffet like a ninja.

BREAK-THE-FAST: The cardinal rule – never show up hungry! A hearty breakfast will be your trusty sidekick in the battle against irresistible Thanksgiving aromas.

ACCOUNTABILITY BUDDY: Share your fitness goals with a confidant. They'll be your secret weapon against that second (or third) slice of pie.

DRINK UP: Stay hydrated to keep those munchies at bay and to wash down the culinary delights. And remember, the more water, the merrier your metabolism!

SNACK SMART: Don't fall for the trap of calorie-packed snacks. Opt for the fresh veggie platter with hummus or fruit with Greek yogurt. Avoid ranch dressing and mayo like the plague.

BOOZY DECISIONS: Alcohol can be a slippery slope to overindulgence. If you're going for a glass of wine, make it a spritzer with sparkling water to save calories. Stick to simple, recognizable ingredients for your cocktails.

PLATE SIZE MATTERS: Use a smaller plate to outsmart your own appetite. It's like tricking your brain into thinking it's full while you enjoy your feast.

PROTEIN POWER: Lean protein is your ally; go for the white turkey meat and save yourself from the calorie overload of dark meat. Oh, and do yourself a favor – say goodbye to that turkey skin.

VEGGIE HEAVEN: Pile on the vegetables to fill your plate and reduce space for the calorie-heavy side dishes. You'll save room for the good stuff.

CARB WISDOM: Opt for complex carbs like sweet potatoes and green beans instead of sugar-loaded options. Ditch the candied yams – they're a one-way ticket to a food coma.

SAVOR THE FLAVOR: Slow down and relish every bite. Mindful eating is the name of the game. And remember, the "no seconds" rule can be your best friend.

DESSERT DIPLOMACY: Before facing the sweet temptation, gather your troops for a brisk walk. If you're offered healthy options, go for them. But if you're diving into pie territory, exercise portion control. A second slice isn't worth the point of no return.

POST-THANKSGIVING STRATEGY: Plan for the days following Thanksgiving to get back on track with your regular routine. It's like your get-out-of-jail-free card for that extra slice of pie.


Thanksgiving is about gratitude, family, and those unforgettable moments. With these sly and savvy tactics, you can enjoy the holiday feast without regret. So, put on your clever cap and have a Thanksgiving to remember – one where you stay as fabulous as ever!

James Freeman


Liam Marshall, the friendly fitness coach, has spent 14 years sharing his love for sports and fitness. With degrees in sports science, he crafts workouts that fit like your favorite jeans. Beyond the gym, he organizes sports clinics and tech-savvy fitness apps that motivate people worldwide. He's all about making fitness doable for everyone, and it's not just about bodies – it's boosting confidence. In 2019, he scored the "Virginia Fitness Coach of the Year" award. Outside the fitness world, he loves family time and hikes in Shenandoah National Park. Liam's journey from a small-town fitness fan to a big-time coach is all about passion, inspiring people to see fitness as a body-and-mind thing. Catch him on Instagram to stay in the loop!