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You just ate 4,000 Thanksgivukkah calories. Now what?

3:42 PM, Nov 28, 2013   |    comments
To help bridge the holidays of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, this recipe pumpkin honey doughnuts combines the classic fried doughnut from Hanukkah and pumpkin pie from Thanksgiving, into one treat. (Photo: Matthew Mead, AP)
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As Hanukkah and Thanksgiving converge, so do all the calories of the celebratory feasts. For every leftover latke, there's a ladle of gravy. If you missed out on sufganiyot, don't worry, there's pie. And wine. And how about a second helping of everything?

On a typical Thanksgiving holiday, you could end up eating 2,000 calories more than many of us need in a day. So after you unbuckle your belt and prepare to laze away the 4,000-calorie day, consider burning off a few before the next feast.

If you're not eager to strap on your running shoes after the last slab of pumpkin pie, try tweeting the details of your Thanksgiving dinner on your smartphone for an hour. A 150-pound person can burn the same 70 to 80 calories an hour that they will while sitting at their desk on Monday.

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Or you could put away the phone and go for a walk. If you pick up the pace to 3.5 mph, you could burn up to 250 calories, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Maybe you can't get outside because you got stuck with washing the dishes. No worries. WebMd's Fit-O-Meter calculates that you'll burn up to 157 calories in an hour.

And if you're couch-bound for the evening, thinking that you can burn calories by fidgeting through the football games or flipping through channels, you should think again. Internet rumor has it that fidgeters burn more than the rest of us, but research shows that's because fidgeters are more likely to move in general. Instead of trying to wiggle your way out of a mashed-potato-induced coma, sharpen your blades and go ice-skating for 20 to 25 minutes. You could burn the 200 calories that you consumed in that half cup of stuffing with 3 tablespoons of gravy.


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