The average American will consume more than 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day alone (according to the Caloric Control Council). That’s 3 DAYS’ worth of calories in just one day for a lot of us!

Thanksgiving is traditionally a day of feasting with family, then crashing in front of the TV while the calories do their damage on our bodies. While I am all for enjoying and indulging on Thanksgiving Day, I think it’s important to know just what price we will ultimately have to pay for that huge calorie overload!

What a workout looks like to burn those Thanksgiving meal calories

Just to put it into perspective, here is a workout Chris and I put together for a friend of ours who was looking to burn just 3,750 calories:

  • 6 mile run
  • 50 box jumps (24″ box)
  • 50 jumping pull ups
  • 50 kettle ball swings (50 lbs)
  • 50 walking lunges
  • 50 knees to elbow, hanging from bar
  • 50 push press (45 lbs)
  • 50 back extensions
  • 75 wall ball (10 lbs ball)
  • 50 burpees, with jump and clap above head
  • 50 double under
  • 5 mile run
  • 1400 meter swim (.86 miles)

When you are done with this, you would still need to burn another 750 calories, or more, to equal the number of calories consumed. You could add an extra hour of slow jogging. Mind-blowing, isn’t it?!

Tips to NOT overeat this Thanksgiving

To help keep your calories in check (and avoid having to do the workout above to burn those consumed calories!), here are a few of my favorite tips:

  • Stay hydrated to avoid confusing your body into thinking it’s hungry.
  • Eat breakfast, and every 3 hours thereafter until your Thanksgiving meal. Don’t starve to save room for later.
  • Use sugar substitutes instead of sugar when cooking (Stevia is our sweetener of choice).
  • Choose non-fat milk or unsweetened almond milk over 2% or whole milk for Thanksgiving dishes.
  • Drink water or naturally sweetened beverages over sugary drinks. Drinking alcohol? Try limiting to one glass.
  • Indulge, but in moderation. 🙂
  • Play! Enjoy your day by staying active with friends and family.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


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