November 26, 2020 at 06:45AM

The average American consumes more than 4500 calories on Thanksgiving Day, and around 3000 of that comes from the Thanksgiving meal. To put that in perspective an average American male will consume 2,475 calories daily and females, 1,833 calories.

Each of the following are equivalent to 3000:
6 Big Macs from McDonald’s
10 Caesar salads from Panera
12 servings of Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream
14 strawberry iced donuts with sprinkles from Krispy Kreme

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 meal. Now, overindulging once or twice a year is not going to kill you, but it can cause you to gain weight. A study has found that the average persons’ weight increases by 0.4% over Christmas, and 0.2% over Thanksgiving. In total, this amounts to around one pound gained per holiday season for the average person.

If we never negate this with exercise, or burn these calories off in some way, over many years this can amount to some significant weight gain. So this holiday season, enjoy the food and festivities, just resist stuffing yourself to the verge of bursting.

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