Cocktail parties, cookie swaps, and family meals help the average American pack on a pound of body weight between Thanksgiving and New Year's, and those who are overweight could gain 5 pounds or more during the holidays, according to research from Tufts University. Dietitians estimate that a holiday meal alone--like the plate you pile high with turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, and pie--can pack 2,200 to 2,400 more calories than an everyday dinner. To burn off these calories, a 165-pound person would have to swim laps for 4.5 hours or walk almost 30 miles on the treadmill. But you have better things to do this season, like shop, string lights, and entertain guests--and that's okay. This plan of attack will show you how to use these activities, along with classic calorie-cutting tips, to burn off an oversized meal (and then some!) in three short days.
Calorie ranges have been calculated for a person who weighs 165 to 195 pounds, the average body weights for American women and men ages 20 and older.