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Thanksgiving Calories (and How to Torch ‘Em)

After our Halloween infographic, a few people told us they wish they hadn’t see that information; they’d never be able to look at a Snickers bar the same way again. And, you know, there are two sides to that.

First, you should never feel like you need to burn off every calorie you consume, so it makes sense that some folks would rather just not know. If moderation comes naturally to you, then you can probably live in ignorant bliss and be perfectly happy and healthy.

For the rest of us (and yeah, I’m definitely including myself here, because moderation is not my natural state of being when it comes to delicious foods), knowledge is absolutely the most powerful tool in our arsenal, and having a general idea of how the food we eat impacts our health helps us make good choices. Or at least, keeps us from going up for a third slice of pie.

(What? It’s pumpkin. Pumpkin is good for you, right?)

So, with all that in mind, we’ve got another infographic for you, this time, based on some of the most popular Thanksgiving foods. Anybody up for a 15.5-hour walk? Oy.

(Calorie counts for food and exercise found on CalorieKing and MyFitnessPal.)

Eat well, enjoy your splurges and stay healthy, Fit Bottomed friends! And let’s hear it — what’s your favorite Thanksgiving food? —Kristen

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  1. Thanksgiving is my day where calories don’t matter. 95% of the time I eat healthfully and mindfully so I think it’s okay to splurge for a day sometimes. Having said all that, I am lovin’ this infographic! Thanks!

    P.s…Stuffing all the way!

  2. It’s always easier to decide how to eat Thanksgiving dinner when you see it all laid out like this. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Suzannah says:

    This is very helpful! Thank you! 3,000 calories for one dinner?! Yikes! A friend mentioned that she always tries to be conscious about drinking a lot of water before large meals so that she feels full sooner and therefore doesn’t eat as much. Maybe that could be a helpful tip for some people too.

  4. Lauren says:

    I already had the plan of scaling back but this is more motivation. I don’t have 15.5 hours to spare for a walk!! However, my all time fav, stuffing from the bird, will be on my plate!!

  5. Lisa says:

    Maybe I should start that walk today because you know I’m good for two pieces of pie., and then there’s the wine…

  6. Anastacia says:

    I don’t like many of the foods at Thanksgiving. The ones I do are the good ones so I make out ok. Tonight’s plate consisted of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, corn, and a roll. Mashed potatoes though are my favorite out of all of it. They have always been my comfort food.

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