(Photo: Regina H. Boone, Detroit Free Press)
You probably don't want to get up from Thanksgiving dinner feeling
rounder than the turkey, but you may not want to fret about calories on
this special holiday. So what to do?
Consider taking a walk, a long one.
you go whole hog eating heaping portions, going back for seconds and
enjoying pumpkin, pecan and apple pie with ice cream, and having a
couple glasses of wine, you could wind up eating 4,000 calories or
more. That's about 2,000 calories more than many people need in a day.
burn off those extra 2,000 calories, a 180-pound person would have to
walk briskly (about 3.5 miles an hour on a level surface) for 5 hours or
more, says Heather Mangieri, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition
and Dietetics and a sports nutritionist in Pittsburgh. "Take a
Or better yet, try to walk an extra hour a day for the next week, Mangieri says.
The scary thing is even if you watch your portions and choices, the calorie count climbs quickly, she says.
show this, she tallied the calories in some favorite Thanksgiving
foods. She found that a holiday meal with many of the trimmings (turkey,
gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, cranberry salad, rolls,
pumpkin pie with whipped cream, apple cider and wine) has about 1,610
calories and about 40 grams of fat. That's with no heaping portions or
To burn off most of the calories in that meal, a
180-pound person would have to walk briskly for more than four and a
Mangieri advises people to eat slowly, savor their
meal and stop eating when they're full. "If you do that then you can
spend your Thanksgiving counting your blessing rather than your