Roasted turkey garnished with cranberries on a rustic style table decoraded with pumpkins, gourds, asparagus, brussel sprouts, baked vegetables, pie, flowers, and candles.

Thanksgiving: The Battle of the Bulge

Did you know that the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat during Thanksgiving?! You heard that right – 4,500 calories! And sadly, those figures only include snacking and the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, not breakfast or late evening munching.

The average holiday dinner alone can carry a load of 3,000 calories. And most of us nibble our way through more than another 1,500 calories in dips, chips, appetizers and drinks both before and after the big meal. To put it into visual terms, the average person may consume enough fat at a holiday meal to equal three sticks of butter.

So how can you avoid packing on the pounds this Thanksgiving? Check out our feature, Stuff The Bird, Not Yourself. It features helpful tips and even a great video that debunks some of those holiday meal myths that have been going around since, well, probably the very first Thanksgiving.

And be sure to try our low-calorie versions of classic holiday dishes:

Sugar-Free Sweet Potato Pie

Roasted Vegetable Savory Bread Dressing

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Lower-fat Gravy

Cranberry Spritzer Punch