5 Ways To Eat As Much As Humanly Possible At Thanksgiving
To be totally unhealthy, in what could be a recipe for eventual death, let’s talk turkey, eat it last. The most famous Thanksgiving food is also the most filling one. To eat as much as possible, save it for the end of your meal.
Popular Science offers advice that is not conducive to a healthy everyday diet. But then again, neither is Thanksgiving.
To consume as much as possible, start on an empty stomach. But if you’re starving, you’ll eat too quickly instead of pacing yourself. Registered dietician Leslie Bonci. recommends you follow your regular meal schedule, but stop eating four to six hours before the main event.
Exercising earlier in the day is also a good idea. It’s 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).
- Choose wisely
Certain types of food make you feel more full than others. An over-full feeling isn’t just caused by a stretched-to-capacity stomach. Your body also triggers feelings of fullness by releasing hormones and enzymes as you eat. For example, the more you chew, the fuller you will feel. But, do not chew less to reduce fullness. It will increase your odds of choking, and death by asphyxiation is not a fun way to end a Thanksgiving meal.
The fats and proteins in turkey will make you feel full sooner than others. “You can do maximal damage with Potatoes, stuffing and rolls because they layer nicely—you can pack in more without feeling too full.”
So start with the carbs, and only then load the turkey onto your plate. While you’re at it, you should also delay your consumption of fiber-rich foods like veggies and whole grains. They fill you up faster because that fiber soaks up water and takes up more room.
Liquids also occupy precious stomach real estate, so don’t consume a large glass of juice or bowl of soup right away. That said, fluids help food move through your stomach as you eat, so sip some water or other liquids throughout the meal.
- Take a break
The human stomach is stretchy. If you cram food and drink into it, it will expand. As fast as you put food into it, your stomach processes that content and starts moving it into the intestines. So when you feel like you can’t eat another bite, press pause. The stomach can empty itself of low-fiber carbs in a mere 30 to 90 minutes.
Veggies and whole grains will throw a wrench into the process. “Something with fiber takes longer to leave the stomach because the fiber holds fluids.” Give yourself half an hour to recover, and you might find that you’re ready to pack in more chow.
At this point, you probably feel bloated and sick. All you want is to curl up on the sofa, holding your stomach and groaning. Ignore that instinct and get to your feet. If you take yourself from a sitting to a standing position, you’re going to move food more quickly.
“Part of the digestion of food is movement,” Bonci says. “If you take yourself from a sitting to a standing position, you’re going to move food more quickly and feel less uncomfortable sooner than if you just sit down.”
You don’t have to start running laps around the living room, but even a slow walk can make you feel better.
Sweet foods don’t make you feel full as quickly as savory ones do. So after the meal, dig in to some pumpkin pie—after all your hard eating, you’ve earned it.