Heres how many calories the average person eats on Thanksgiving
We eat a scary amount of calories on Thanksgiving. But it's so worth it.
- Thanksgiving is food-centric holiday.
- As a result, the average American eats an excess amount of calories on Thanksgiving.
- Overindulging one day won't do much damage.
- But if you want to lower that number, there are a few tricks to keep in mind.
Although every holiday has a food component, Thanksgiving is the only one where delicious dishes are the focal point. I mean, it's called Turkey Day in most social settings.
Because we put such a spotlight of food this time of year, people tend to eat more than they normally do. Like, a lot more.
According to data from WalletHub, a personal finance website, the average American eats 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving. That's almost twice the recommended calorie intake from the United States Department of Agriculture, which suggest adult females and males should consume 1,800 and 2,400 calories a day, respective. (Note: these are the calorie suggestions for sedentary adults between the ages of 26 and 40. These numbers will vary depending on your activity level and age.)
Now, before you start calculating how much time you have to spend at the gym to burn off those calories, take a deep breath. Thanksgiving happens once a year (twice if you also and eating more than the recommended amount of calories isn't going to send you to an early grave.
"Enjoying an amazing Thanksgiving meal with people you love is a gratifying experience that only happens once a year and should be relished," registered dietitian Malina Linkas Malkani, media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and creator of the Wholitarian Lifestyle, told INSIDER via email. This means forgetting the numbers associated with a dish and enjoying it for what it is: a tasty dose of comfort.
Eat, drink, and be merry on Thanksgiving.
That said, some people are going to worry about the numbers: that's just the way they're built. If you are hoping to consume less calories on Thanksgiving, Malkani has some advice. Her first tip, which sounds counter-intuitive, is to eat breakfast and lunch before the big feast.
"Eating regular meals makes you much less likely to gorge at your Thanksgiving dinner," she explained. "You'll be in a better mood, have better energy levels throughout the day, and be better prepared to handle any pre-dinner alcoholic drinks."
When it comes to creating your dinner plate, she suggests taking smaller portions and skipping the dishes you don't absolutely love — even if those are the "healthier" options. As Malkani pointed out, "healthier" versions can reduce the number of calories, but may not be worth it if you're not enjoying the dish.
Above all else, Malkani said you shouldn't avoid (or worse — fear) those high-calorie dishes.
"When we restrict ourselves too much, especially during the holidays, it can lead to cravings, overeating, and binge eating, all of which are counterproductive," she said.
Dig in and don't worry about calories. Element5 Digital/Unsplash
Of course, over-doing can have some unpleasant side effects like fullness or fatigue. But Malkani says that "returning to an active, healthy lifestyle the next day enables most healthy people to shake off any negative effects."
"The way to enjoy it without letting it derail your weight management goals is to get right back to your healthy lifestyle habits," she said.
So eat, drink, and be guilt-free! Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, and you should be able to enjoy it.
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