How Much You're REALLY Eating on Thanksgiving

The average thanksgiving meal averages a shocking 4,500 calories.

Would you eat 28 glazed donuts in one sitting? How about 16 slices of pizza or 61 chicken wings?

Didn't think so.

Thing is, you might unknowingly suck down the equivalent number of calories next week when you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. That's because the average person consumes a gut-churning 4,500 calories at their Thanksgiving meal, according to a new survey from BASIS Science, the makers of the health and fitness-tracking band Basis B1.

The really scary part? Most people believe they're taking in less than half that amount during their Turkey Day feast—so they wildly underestimate how much activity they'd need to do in order to torch those calories, too.

A quarter of those surveyed thought they could burn off the calories by working out for two hours…when it would actually take a 130-pound woman more than seven and a half hours of running or more than 15 and a half hours of brisk walking to torch 4,500 calories. Also, 60 percent of respondents said they planned to go for a walk. Other people said they'd shop or get busy in the bedroom later to blast away fat. Hmm, not gonna cut it.

Our advice: Enjoy the meal without going completely overboard, then indulge in some post-feast calorie-zapping workouts.

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