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Save Yourself from Excess Calories on Thanksgiving

Update Date: Nov 27, 2015 01:25 PM EST

Thanksgiving is all about food and football with family and friends. People eat generous helpings of turkey dinner and spend quality time with their loved ones. Between all this, the food on the plate often goes unchecked as you eat one helping after another until your pants are at a risk of tearing itself. However, that is no reason to cut yourself some slack and enjoy a heartiest meal of turkey with candied yams, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, bread and butter, pecan pie and gravy. But did you know, together with the side dish and the main meal, you may be eating as many as 1800 calories? Says the USDA.

Thanksgiving dinner is already calorie dense and with all the sides like sweet potato casseroles, green bean casseroles, mashed potatoes etc. can easily make up a scary total, according to To beat the stress of overstuffing on Thanksgiving, many people have started participating in the thanksgiving running events. Last year, more than 786,000 people came together to attend the races. A lot of people showed their intent of burning the calories they pack on the Thanksgiving weekend by being a part of running program, reports Denver Post.

While for a fit person, a single high calorie thanksgiving meal may not really spell a disaster but when you factor the leftovers from the holiday with disrupted fitness routines, you know that your pants will tighten quicker than you think. According to USA Today, an average American consume as much 4500 calories on Thanksgiving day which is equivalent to at leas 7 Burger King whoppers, 15 dairy queen hot fudge sundaes and 160 slices of pineapple.

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