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Medical Edge: Thanksgiving Holiday Eating

Updated: Tuesday, November 26 2013, 09:19 AM EST
WALTON, Ky. (Liz Bonis) -- If you need a little motivation not to overindulge this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, wait till you hear what it takes to burn off the traditional Thanksgiving day dinner.

Medical reporter Liz Bonis shares the latest on fitness to fight the holiday feast our Medical Edge.
The traditional holiday feast with turkey and the trimmings, likely has about two-thousand calories.

That's generally what's suggested for a whole day's worth of food,  according to Nancy Zwick, a registered dietitian with the American Dairy Association Mideast.
The problem she says is that most of us don't just do turkey dinner that day.

"A recent study just came out which said the average adult eats up to 45-hundred calories on Thanksgiving day, so it's not just the meal, it's the all day snacking."
Local 12 spent some time with Zwick while she was preparing her own family's food. She says you can cut Thanksgiving meal calories by putting cauliflower in your casseroles and using light cheese for a top off instead of a bunch of butter. 
She also says instead of traditional pies, you can serve baked apples topped with yogurt and granola, or make your pumpkin pie without the crust. It is a popular favorite she says even without the whipped cream.
Now if modifying the menu isn't for you, here is what you need to know. There's also a few things you could do after your meal, if you also wanted to burn off all these calories.
According to fitness editors for, you'd have to climb stairs for nearly three hours to burn off the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. You'd have to jump rope for nearly four, circuit training would require nearly five and a half hours and you'd have to hike outdoors to burn it off for nearly seven.
Finally, if that sounds too strenuous, you could always do yoga for ten hours to burn off turkey and all the trimmings or as Nancy Zwick reminds us for a better way, "the biggest thing with Thanksgiving, is simply the volume of food."
Which means you could she says simply eat a little less of the foods you love to eat.Medical Edge: Thanksgiving Holiday Eating

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