Did you know the average American consumes an extra 2,000 calories during the Thanksgiving meal? That’s without having a second helping! This means that the average 180-pound person would have to walk almost 3.5 miles an hour for five hours or more to burn off those extra calories. It’s unlikely that any of us have the time to burn these extra calories.
What can we do?
- Mindful eating. Start with small portions and savor the food. It’s not a race.
- Sit at the table. Distracted eating can lead to an increase in consumption, especially if you are in front of the television.
- Stop when you are comfortable. Don’t eat until you feel overly stuffed.
- Any activity is good activity. Consider a walk around the block. It will not only improve your mood, but also increase your energy level. Take the whole family!
Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
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