Post-Thanksgiving Damage Control
By Joanne Chen
Here's something not to be thankful for:
The average American gains one pound an excess of 3500 calories with every Turkey Day. That often translates to 20 pounds in as many years. While it's sacrilege to diet on this food-indulgent holiday, here's how to get back on track the morning after.
- Start the day with a run or a walk. You'll kick-start your metabolism and burn about 350 calories (a slice of double-crusted apple pie).
- Rather than reenact last night's meal at the kitchen counter the next morning, freeze your leftovers in portion-controlled packages.
- Shop hard. You burn two to five calories a minute on your feet. So get in the spirit and brave the Black Friday crowds. Troll the stores for a solid three hours that's 360 calories burned (roughly the equivalent of two servings of stuffing).