LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The joy of Thanksgiving can be a wonderful experience. However, for those who struggle with weight issues, it can also be a challenge. With so many delicious holiday treats at your fingertips, slipping into poor eating habits is all too easy. Fortunately for those in Southern California, the network of board certified health and wellness professionals at Beverly Hills Physicians is always available to provide assistance through effective weight loss surgery and simple, helpful advice. Their team has positively impacted the lives of many patients with gastric sleeve surgery and a host of other weight loss, health and beauty solutions. Whether you're considering a lap band this holiday season, or you're looking for tips that keep you from gaining excess holiday pounds, the BHP team is here to help. Thanksgiving is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable days of the year. The warm, joyful feelings that come from being surrounded by family, friends and loved ones are only enhanced by the enchanting aromas, sights and sounds that are found during the festive holiday season. Of course, for many people, no Thanksgiving would be complete without a big, traditional turkey dinner that features home-cooked favorites like stuffing, gravy, and spicy pumpkin or apple pie. With so much to do, it is easy to skip meals, especially when you're already looking forward to a big feast. That's why BHP weight loss specialists recommend eating a small meal in the morning – a simple tip that will provide you with more control over your appetite when you sit down to the delicious dinner. The medical experts at BHP also remind that a yummy holiday feast doesn't necessarily have to be rich in calories and fat. If you're going to be cooking over the holidays, consider using fat-free broth to baste the turkey and make gravy. Simply switching out olive oil for vegetable oil also provides a healthy alternative with no loss of flavor or texture. Further still, yogurt or fat-free sour cream can be an ideal option for creamy mashed potatoes that don't leave your guests feeling stuffed at the meal's end.