Burning Off Those Thanksgiving Calories

I just read that the average person consumes 2,500 calories at Thanksgiving dinner.  This is a scary statistic given that most people should be eating 2,000 calories or less each day.  While I am all for indulging in the occasional treat during the holidays, I also believe that it’s a good idea to try to compensate for certain treats (especially big ones like a 2,500 calorie meal!) by adding a little extra physical activity to your day.  The WellMASS website includes a really handy Calories Burned calculator (Go to Learn & Share > Health Tools & Information > Calculators to find it – and don’t forget to take your health assessment while you’re there!) that you can use to calculate how many calories you burn doing all sorts of physical activity.  I used it to figure out just how much a 150-lb person would need to exercise to burn off some of their Thanksgiving treats.

Calorie information courtesy of www.sparkpeople.com.  Please note that calories burned calculations are just guidelines, and that someone who weighs less than 150 lbs will burn fewer calories, while someone whose weight is greater than 150 lbs will burn more calories. 

Sweet Potato Casserole

Serving size:  1 cup
Calories:  236
Exercise:  60 minutes of bowling

Mashed Potatoes


Serving Size:  1 cup
Calories:  300
Exercise:  20 minutes of running at 8 min/mile



Serving Size:  3 slices carved turkey breast
Calories:  135
Exercise:  30 minutes of raking leaves


Serving Size:  1 cup
Calories:  320
Exercise:  60 minutes of washing windows or your car

Pecan Pie

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Serving Size: 1 slice (1/8 of a pie)
Calories:  490
Exercise:  60 minutes of tennis

I hope that you can combine eating your favorite foods with a little extra physical activity this holiday season.  Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!


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