According to research from the Calorie Control Council, a typical holiday dinner alone can carry a load of 3,000 calories (chart). Nibbling through another 1,500 calories, downing appetizers and drinks before and after the big meal would bring the total to more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat.
From an overall perspective, snacking and eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings is the equivalent of more than 2 1/4 times the average daily calorie intake and almost 3 1/2 times the fat — with 45 percent of calories from fat — with enough fat to equal three sticks of butter.
Many of us will figure that we’ve blown our diet and the holidays are to be enjoyed, so why worry about weight? But even if you start the holiday season off with gastronomical excess, you can quickly get back on the right track by watching your calories.
Also, try these “Low-Fat Holiday” tips from the American Heart Association:
Remember, you can lighten your holiday feasting and still have a jolly good time!