Manage Those Thanksgiving Calories!
Yesterday I was walking to my car after dropping my kids off at school. I met up with a couple of my friends who were talking vigorously about their Thanksgiving plans. These plans had nothing to do with family or friends: they were strategic eating plans designed to allow the eater to indulge without gaining too many unnecessary pounds.
Neither of these women has a weight issue, and I was actually surprised listening to them. One admitted that she and her husband have been eating salads every night this week, in anticipation of the food they will consume tomorrow. "I've been on the treadmill at 11:00 all week this week," she said through laughs. "I can't wait for the stuffing. It's my favorite part!"
I must admit that I found this conversation hysterical. I had no idea that people plotted and planned in order to eat more than their fair share on Thanksgiving Day. I mean, can't you just enjoy your fill, package it up, and have the leftovers tomorrow?
I started to wonder, though, what does Thanksgiving look like for the average American? How many people are planning to overstuff because they just can't resist? According to The American Council on Exercise, the number is great, as it estimates that the average Thanksgiving meal is 3,000 calories and 229 grams of fat! Contrast this to the FDA food recommendations, which state that the average person should consume 2,000 calories per day and a maximum of 65 grams of fat.
Clearly, the average Thanksgiving meal is a lot of food. It is too much food! If a 140 pound woman wanted to burn off that 3,000 calorie meal, she would have to run a 10 minute mile for 4 hours and 45 minutes to do so. Even though my friends have a leg up on managing the Thanksgiving meal indulgences, they probably don't realize just how many concessions need to be made to make up for a 3,000 calorie meal.
Here's my advice: enjoy the food, indulge a little, but don't overdo it. It will cost you countless hours on the treadmill and in fasting afterward. Is it really worth it? You can always eat more tomorrow. Leftovers are tasty, and you won't have to cook!