Blog: The Numbers Behind Holiday Feasts

Blog: The Numbers Behind Holiday Feasts

Thanksgiving is behind us, but more holiday feasts are on the way. Ever wonder how many calories you probably consumed recently with your big mealand how many you’ll likely inhale in the coming weeks?

Let’s take a quick look.

How Many Calories Are in a Thanksgiving Meal?

  • Turkey
    • White meat (baked and skinless) 120kcal per 4 oz
    • White meat (baked and skinless) 153 kcal per 4 oz
    • Dark meat (thigh and fried) 453 kcal per individual small thigh

  • Mashed potatoes
    • Homemade-237kcal per cup
    • From instant-244 kcal per cup

  • Poultry gravy
    • 125 kcal per cup

  • Stuffing
    • 178 kcal per half cup

  • Green bean casserole
    • 197 kcal per cup

  • Sweet potato casserole
    • 298 kcal per cup

  • Pumpkin Pie
    • 229 kcal for 1/6th of the pie

OK, that’s a lot to burn off!

How Long Does it Take to Work Off a Thanksgiving Meal?

But what we can do? Here’s a quick breakdown:


Kcal per hour

To burn off one plate

Jogging @ 6mph


3 hours and 12 minutes

Cycling @ 12-14 mph


3 hours and 45 minutes



3 ½ hours



3 ½ -4 ½ hours


Come into Premier to start this processin a lot of fun ways! We have classes, personal training, and more to help you!  But perhaps these numbers will also open up your eyes to the realities of holiday binging.

We also suggest using a smaller plate. It will help prevent you from overeating. And eating more slowly will give your stomach additional time to say, “I’m full! Time to quit!” 

Gulping your meal quickly will lead to you overstuffing your stomach before that important communication can be made to your brain! Take it down a notch.  

It’s a great time of year, but more dangerous than you think for your health and waistline.  Stay smart out there and enjoy your holidays!


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