Healthy Thanksgiving Eating Tips

Does turkey really make you sleepy? What’s the healthiest kind of pie? Test your holiday nutrition savvy

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
4-minute read
Episode #164

How Many Calories are in Thanksgiving Dinner?

True or false? The average person eats close to 5,000 calories on Thanksgiving.

That’s true. The average Thanksgiving dinner runs about 3,000 calories but when you add in all the other meals and snacks throughout the day, the average person ends up eating about 4500 calories. That’s about two day’s worth of calories.

But, if the scale reads several pounds higher on Friday morning than it did on Thursday morning, take it with a grain of salt. The excess calories are the equivalent of less than a pound of stored fat. Most of that weight gain is temporary. Getting back to your normal eating and exercise patterns will probably bring your weight back to normal in relatively short order.

How Much Weight Do People Gain During the Holidays?

True or false? The average person gains seven pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

False. Actually, the average weight increase over the holidays is just one pound. If you’re coming out of the holidays overweight, chances are you probably went into the holidays overweight. Which brings me to one of my favorite little pieces of wisdom.


About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.