Calories in Thanksgiving Meal

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The holidays are meant for family and friends to be together.  For people trying to lose weight, a worry of the holidays is the Thanksgiving meal.  I’ve outlined the calories of a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  Keep in mind, this breakdown does not include going up for second servings.

Thanksgiving Meal:

Food                                  Amt     Cal     Fat    Carb   Sugar    Protein

Turkey breast                             6 oz       282         14             0          14          39

Stuffing                                    1/2 cup     181           9            22           2              3

Green Bean Casserole            1 cup      193           6            31           8              4

Butternut Squash                    1 cup         84           0            22          4              2

Wheat Dinner Roll                   1 roll        78           2            13           0              2         

Yams                                            1 cup     156           0             37          1               2

Cranberry Relish                1/3 cup     123            1             33       26              0

Mashed Potatoes                     1 cup     237             9            35         3              4

Gravy                                         ½ cup      75              3              8           1              4

Pumpkin Pie                          1/8 pie     323             13          46        25             5

Total                                                              1732         57      247        84           65

 As you can see, the total calories in this one meal may be near what someone may consume in a day to maintain their weight.  This meal has a higher amount of carbohydrates than protein, so if you must go up for seconds, reach for the turkey rather than the pumpkin pie to satisfy the hunger for later.

1 lb of weight loss or gain is a change of 3,500 calories.  1 large meal isn’t going to cause you to gain 5 lbs, or even 1 lb for that matter, but eating several of these sized meals can cause the weight gain.  Don’t forget that alcohol also adds up the calories very quickly too!  Most importantly, try to remember the reason for the holidays isn’t the food, but to be with family and friends.

Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

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