Feeling a little stuffed?

November 23, 2007

No wonder. A typical Thanksgiving meal contains up to 4,000 calories (1 lb. = 3,500 cal.)and 229 grams of fat according to the Calorie Control Council. And it’s not those beneficial or benign calories but more often the fatty ones coming from dark turkey meat, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and desserts.

Compare that one meal with the 1,500 to 2,500 calories dietitians recommend a normal person take in each day and you get an idea of the havoc that one Thanksgiving Day feast wreaks on a diet.

A 160-pound person would have to run at a moderate pace for four hours, swim for five hours or walk 30 miles to burn off a 3,000-calorie Thanksgiving Day meal, according to the American Council on Exercise.

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