4 Ways to Burn Thanksgiving Calories Fast

What’s the fastest way to burn off all that turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and pie? Get-Fit Guy has 4 awesome tips to burn those Thanksgiving calories fast (no expensive gear required).

Ben Greenfield
4-minute read
Episode #212

Tip #3: The Best Workout for Fat Loss

A 2008 study at the University of California, which was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, investigated the best workout for fat loss. They split the study participants into 3 groups. One group did just cardio, another group did just weight training, and a final group did cardio plus resistance (in which they ran for 30-60 seconds after completing each weight lifting set).

Even though each group did the same amount of work, the cardio plus resistance group experienced an enormously significant fat loss compared to the other two groups!

The cardio plus resistance group not only burned fat and built muscle at the same time, but the amount of fat they burned was a ten-fold increase over the amount burned by the groups that did cardio or resistance training only.

So when it comes to which workout burns the most fat, combining cardio and resistance training is the ultimate solution.

Here's a sample workout you can do anywhere, anytime:

  • 10 push-ups or knee push-ups
  • 15-20 jumping jacks
  • 10 squats or lunges
  • 15-20 more jumping jacks
  • 10 crunches
  • 15-20 jumping jacks
  • 10 dumbbell overhead presses
  • 15-20 jumping jacks

If you get tired of jumping jacks for the cardio component, try squat-thrust jumpsvertical jumpslunge jumps, or horizontal jumps.

Tip #4: Grease the Groove

Greasing the groove is one of my favorite strategies from my episode Unconventional Ways to Burn Fat. It's the practice of doing brief bouts of exercise multiple times throughout the day. This is a perfect strategy to implement on and even during Thanksgiving dinner.

Here's how this would work: During commercial breaks of the Thanksgiving Day football game, during every meal course, and whenever you have a chance to break away from conversation, politely excuse yourself, duck into the bathroom or any other empty room, and do a quick series of heart-pumping push-ups, squats, jump squats, burpees, jumping jacks, or any other body weight move you can discreetly pull off.

All that’s necessary is brief 1-2 minute burst of exercise before you return to the holiday cheer, perhaps slightly red-faced, huffing and puffing, but having helped stabilize your blood sugar and bumped up your metabolism just enough to make a big difference.

Use the 6-minute trick, cold exposure, the best workout for fat loss, and greasing the groove this holiday season, and you’ll be well on your way to burning Thanksgiving calories fast.

For even more tips, check out my episode on How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain. If you have more questions about the fastest ways to burn Thanksgiving calories, then join the conversation over at Facebook.com/GetFitGuy!

Turkey on a treadmill and winter running images courtesy of Shutterstock.


About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.