It probably comes as no surprise that a Thanksgiving meal can pack in tons of extra calories. What’s really eye-opening is how much exercise you need to burn those calories.
Don’t get us wrong. Thanksgiving dinner is a meal to be savored; just keep some of these numbers in mind before you pile those goodies too high on your plate today.
The values below are rough averages based on a 155-pound person. We left turkey off of the list below on purpose. At about 150 calories for a 4-ounce (skinless) serving, it’s hands-down a healthy choice.
Six stuffed mushrooms (made with cheese and meat) equal 350 calories and one hour of belly dancing to get rid of the calories
One serving of spinach-artichoke dip equals 320 calories and 35 minutes of sit-ups
One-fourth cup gravy equals 50 calories and 15 minutes of vigorous house-cleaning
One cup stuffing equals 350 calories and two hours of yoga
One cup green bean casserole equals 400 calories and 45 minutes of pushups
One cup sweet potato casserole equals 500 calories and 45 minutes of jogging (10 minute mile pace)
One slice of pumpkin pie equals 400 calories and 45 minutes of basketball
One serving of apple pie a la mode equals 575 calories and one hour 10 minutes of spinning
One slice of pecan pie equals 500 calories and one hour of high-impact aerobics