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The Dissection of Thanksgiving

  
  
  
  

As you are driving back from Grandma’s house with your belt cutting into your belly you will tell yourself, “never again will I overdo it like that;  “that,” referring to the overindulgences of Thanksgiving. Restraint and portion control are in your hands and C  mfottler My Documents My Pictures Blog thanksgiving turkey 2 resized 600having a plan of “attack” for your evening repast and squeezing in an early date with the Cybex Arc, Treadmill, or Eagle line can get you through Thanksgiving while skipping the self-loathing, and still maintaining all the rich festive flavors.

Below are the calorie counts and the amount of sugar you would generally consume with normal portions. Go for seconds… thirds and more, you will be ratcheting these figures into the 3000 calories range! Taking into consideration one pound of body fat equals 3500 calories you could expect to pack on one pound this day. By the end of the holidays you could easily pack on additional five pounds or more. In ten years that is fifty pounds of pure fat.

Item

Calories

Sugar

Stuffing

160

2g

Turkey Breast, 4 oz.

142

0g

Gravy

25

1g

Sweet Potato Casserole

320

41g

Dinner Roll

110

4g

1/2 Tablespoon Butter

50

0g

Cranberry Sauce (canned)

110

21g

Green Beans

30

2g

Mashed Potatoes

155

3g

Pumpkin Pie  w/ Whipped Cream

340

31g

Totals

1442

105g

So, besides upping your exercise prior to the Big Day, consider substitutions that cut the calories without diminishing your enjoyment of this special day.  For example, I am not a big dessert fan, so I cut out the pumpkin pie in favor of a glass (or two) of good wine.  Also, mashed potatoes are empty calories—over-processed potatoes with way too much butter.  I skip them in favor of nutrient-rich sweet potatoes, sans marshmallows and brown sugar.  Sweet potatoes are loaded with Vitamin A and fiber and really taste quite sweet without added sugars.  With a little forethought (and extra Arc time), you can have a joyous, guilt-free Thanksgiving.

Holly Aglialoro
Guest Blogger and Fitness Enthusiast

Comments

Great article and data for those who care about their caloric intake and still want to have an enjoyable thanksgiving!
Posted @ Monday, November 22, 2010 8:37 AM by Tim
How do you convert grams into another unit, like teaspoons or % of fat/calories. I don't understand the value of a gram if I can't relate to it. How many grams are considered high, like fat, sugar etc.
Posted @ Monday, November 22, 2010 1:56 PM by Tom Buser
Good question Tom! The easiest way for me to calculate is in calories and one gram of fat equals nine calories. So if one serving has 5 grams of fat that would be 45 calories in just the fat. There is a fat Intake calculator here that might help you out. http://www.healthcalculators.org/calculators/fat.asp
Posted @ Monday, November 22, 2010 2:53 PM by Marybeth Fottler
Another way of visualizing grams is to remember that one teaspoon equals approximately 3 grams. There are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon. 
 
Consider this, a 12 oz can of regular soda contains 40 grams of sugar--that is 160 calories and over 13 teaspoons of empty sugar calories.
Posted @ Monday, November 22, 2010 6:36 PM by Holly
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