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Ah yes, the holiday eating season. The time of year that starts with Thanksgiving and ends with your New Year’s resolution. A time when the average American is said to gain 7 to 10 extra pounds.

While most people will prepare for the Fort Lauderdale 5th Annual Turkey Trot and Paddle 5K run or 2M paddleboard race for health reasons or as part of their holiday tradition, some of us (me included) will train for the race as a way to lose or at the very least, maintain our weight through Thanksgiving dessert.

 

 

So how do you avoid becoming the ‘average American’? According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that people were less likely to buy a 20-ounce bottle of soda when they learned that they’d have to run for 50 minutes to burn it off*.
With that idea in mind, and because I want to help you practice mindful eating through the holidays, I’ve put together three tables: Favorite Junk Food, Favorite Holiday Food, Favorite Cocktails. Included in each ‘favorite’ table is the items calorie count and the amount of exercise you’d have to do to burn up those calories. You may hate me now for telling you the truth, but I am willing to bet you’ll thank me later when your pants still button.

The Calorie Count for Your Favorite Junk Food

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The Calorie Count for Your Favorite Thanksgiving Foods

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The Calorie Count for Your Favorite Drinks

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Put Calories From Your Favorite Foods in Perspective

Many people don’t realize how many calories it takes to put on one pound of body fat. Successful weight management is about overall calorie balance, including exercise and food intake. To gain a pound of body fat you have to eat roughly 3,500 calories.
Losing the pound is less painful when you realize you can lose that pound in a week by creating a 500-calorie deficit each day. If you usually burn 2,000 calories a day — a typical amount for many women — you can create this deficit by eating 1,800 calories per day and burning 300 extra calories per day through exercise. Men generally burn 400 to 600 more calories in a day than women.

About The Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot and Paddle

Run, Walk, Jog or Paddleboard with Fun People.
The energy and excitement at the Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot and Paddle race is contagious. You’ll see multigenerational families, friends and coworker teams ready to compete. Plus, you’ll be helping to support two great organizations: iTRACE Foundation, Inc. (iTRACE) and the Leadership Broward Foundation. Click here to register.
Can’t Race or Paddleboard? Join the Fun Virtually.
You want to race, but you can’t. Not a problem. Attend virtually. While you may not watching the sun rise, you’ll be helping to support two great organizations: iTRACE Foundation, Inc. (iTRACE) and the Leadership Broward Foundation. Click here to register.

 

 

Note: calorie counts for these dishes vary widely by recipe, and exercise calculated.

Sources:
http://www.takepart.com/photos/food-and-exercise/
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/thanksgiving-643417-exercise-pattern.html
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20868714_13,00.html
http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2011/11/15/burning-off-high-calorie-foods-thanksgiving-edition/
http://magazine.foxnews.com/food-wellness/how-long-does-it-take-burn-your-favorite-cocktail
http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/What-Takes-Burn-Off-Cocktail-36110667#photo-36112087

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