Calories in Thanksgiving Meal

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

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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.

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