How Many Calories Do You Really Eat on Thanksgiving?

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How Many Calories Do You Really Eat on Thanksgiving?

How many calories are in your Thanksgiving meal? I know it's not fun to think about, especially on a day like Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday precisely because it becomes socially acceptable to sit on the couch all day and eat), but the reality is that Americans consume a ton of food on Thanksgiving. The American Council on Fitness estimates that the average person consumes around 3,000 calories on Thanksgiving and 229 grams of fat. Ouch! So we rounded up an example of  a typical Thanksgiving meal and went to registered dietitian Tara Gidus to figure out how many calories it might be. She gave us some easy tips on how to cut almost 1,000 calories while still being able to enjoy all of your Thanksgiving favorites.

The meal: 

Turkey, white and dark meat, with skin (6 ounces)

Gravy, (one-third of a cup)

Mashed potatoes, (1 cup)

Cranberry sauce, (one-third of a cup)

Green bean casserole, (1 cup)

Sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows (1 cup)

Dinner roll, (1)

Butter, (1 tablespoon)

Pecan pie, (1 slice)

Vanilla ice cream (one-half of a cup) 

Red wine (one glass, or 5 ounces)

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