Thanksgiving Day is no time to start planning a hard-core diet regimen. The food is delicious, the company is swell and it's the one day out of the year, it seems, Americans feel entirely privileged to lose all sense of logic when it comes to how much they eat. The proof is in the numbers: The average American ingests about 3,000 calories and 229 grams of fat in one Turkey Day meal, according to the Calorie Control Council. Basically, we eat more during one single meal than we're advised to eat in an entire day.
We're not here to shame you or advise that you skimp on the dishes you look forward to enjoying all year long. These tips will just help to slightly lighten up that classic Thanksgiving grub, without anyone really noticing a difference.