Skip to main content

We love Thanksgiving but it does come with a feeling of being bloated and full for days. While it may be a day to indulge, but there are a few secrets to beat the unwanted bloat that comes with it. Check out these tips from Peak Performance trainer Jessi Kneeland before, during and after Thanksgiving to bounce right back and not feel too bad about your second serving.

Related: Workouts to get you ready for ski season


6 Tips to Beat Post-Thanksgiving Bloat

  1. Drink tons of water: After consuming such a rich, salty meal, your body will retain fluid in an effort to keep you hydrated. So, drink lots of water to convince your body it can let go of those fluids, and you'll start to see and feel yourself de-puffing in a day or so.
  2. Lower your sodium intake for a few days: You'll want to keep your sodium intake low for at least a week after Thanksgiving to give yourself a chance to properly re-hydrate and de-bloat.
  3. Go for a walk after dinner: Get your body moving as soon as you can. This will help your digestion along and fight constipation. The same applies to getting to the gym the next day. The sooner you start the process of sweating and revving up your metabolism again, the better.
  4. Get plenty of fiber: The longer the food sits in your digestive system, the longer you'll feel bloated. I suggest taking a daily fiber supplement, but if you don't, then just make sure to get plenty of fiber-rich vegetables and fruits over the next few days.
  5. Fast: The morning after Thanksgiving, consider stretching your overnight fast into the afternoon. You can drink some coffee with cream in the morning, but avoid food until early or mid-afternoon! Giving your body a few extra hours of running on last night's fuel (and fat) will give your digestive system a much needed break.
  6. Eat water-rich fruits and veggies: This will help to re-hydrate your body though there is no substitute for water! Many fibrous greens like broccoli, kale, and spinach also offer the added bonus of magnesium, potassium, and calcium--all of which will help ease water retention.
Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

How to Host a Gingerbread-House Decorating Playdate

How to Host a Gingerbread-House Decorating Playdate

Decorating a gingerbread house is one of my children's favorite holiday traditions. I, on the other hand, have never been a huge fan. First, there's all the sugar and candy and frosting and dye. Then there's the fact that the traditional kits are nearly impossible to complete. more

Christmas Gingerbread Pancake Recipe

Christmas Gingerbread Pancake Recipe

Pancakes are a typical breakfast in my house during the weekend. I love that we don't have to wolf down oatmeal or waffles, or forage on something quick like cereal. This is our time to relax and enjoy a treat together. To celebrate the Christmas season I made this Gingerbread more

Classic Coconut Macaroons

Classic Coconut Macaroon Recipe

We are big peanut butter fans in my house. I have also recently been into coconut oils that I have been using in oatmeal and smoothies. I recently tested out this dreamy blend that we have been enjoying in our sandwiches and for baking. This week we tested in a classic more

It's never to late to start a new healthy habit. We hope these tips he


  1. Yoga for kids
  2. Essentials to help you create an at home yoga sanctuary
  3. Online yoga options for stay at home workouts


Use Pinterest to save your favorite ideas from Momtrends. Be sure to follow our Fitness and health board here.

Image placeholder title

Momtrends was not paid for this post. 

Related Articles