A typical holiday meal consists of:
Six-ounces of turkey = 400 calories
1/2 cup of gravy = 150 calories
1/2 cup of cranberry sauce = 150 calories
1/2 cup green bean casserole = 150 calories
1/2 cup mashed potatoes = 150 calories
1 roll = 100 calories
1/2 cup sweet potatoes casserole = 300 calories
1/2 cup stuffing = 150 calories
Pie = 300 to 500 calories depending on kind
One glass of wine/beer = 150 calories
Bringing the grand total to 1750 calories, but that's only if you paid attention to serving size and didn't have seconds. The average holiday meal is closer to 2,500 calories. You will need to walk 25.65 miles, 41.37 kilometers or 51,300 steps to burn off that one meal.
Now lets factor in appetizers and alcoholic beverages.
Visits to the appetizer table during a holiday celebration can add up quickly.
5 crackers with cheese and sausage = 565 calories
5 servings arichoke dip with crackers = 325 calories
5 pigs in a blanket = 470 calories
5 sausage meatbals = 300 caloires
16oz. Margarita = 600 calories
This will bring your celebration total to 4,760 calories.
Don't dismay, remember it's only one day. If you return to your healthy eating habits the next day and make time for exercise you can avoid unwanted holiday weight gain.
Be aware of what you are eating while celebrating. Remember the reason for the season is to spend time with your friends and family.