Want to mitigate holiday weight gain? Here are some hints and tips for managing your feast experience.

Drink a glass of water before your big feast. Simple math – right? 12 oz. of H20 will take up some real estate in your tummy while still leaving room for a reasonable portion of Thanksgiving dinner.

Eat until you’re full, not until you’re… “stuffed.” (Get it?) We’ve all been there, the post Thanksgiving meal “food coma.” That’s actually your body shutting down because it’s spending so much energy just trying to digest your food. Yikes.

Walk 30 minutes after your meal. Don’t fall asleep on the couch… yet. 30 minutes post meal, take a 15-20 minute walk around your neighborhood with your family, in laws, kids, dogs, house trained Elk… whatever kind of company you’re keeping this day. A little walk will help digestion, and the mobility will help keep your metabolism up.

Speaking of Metabolism, keep it boosted throughout the day with regular intervals of activity. Set a timer, schedule it between turkey bastings, or play a game like UtiliFIT to keep your energy and metabolism boosted throughout the day.

Pay for it upfront: Get a good workout in Thanksgiving morning before the turkey’s even in the oven.

Limit yourself to 2 bottles of wine. Seriously, anything more is decadent and ridiculous.