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How much weight are you going to gain this Thanksgiving week?

You've been working out, exercising hard, losing weight...all...year...long.  For what?  The Epic Season Of Overconsumption also known as Thanksgiving Week.  All that weight lost, gained back over a week!  Thanksgiving Day alone is a feeding frenzy from morning till night, but it's this whole week where you go to office parties, friends parties, extra snacks laying around, and more that adds on calories all week long.  If each pound we gain is 3500 calories, you're probably packing on 1-2 pounds a day with all the food being offered.  I gain weight just looking at a bowl of french-onion dip and a bag of Ruffles Potato Chips!

OK, how much are you planning to gain this season?

How about this, trying gaining just 1 pound.  That's right, a total of 3500 calories which, honestly, is about what you take in during an epic Thanksgiving Day feast.  Have fun, don't worry about food, and enjoy the day.  But, to burn it off you have to do weights (builds muscle mass) and cardio (burns fat and thus calories) to the tune of 30 minutes each day for 1 week.  Where else can you trim calories to have fun without putting on weight?

  • Soda:  Regular soda=150 calories  Diet soda=zero calories
  • Candy:  Regular candy bar=300 calories  No candy bar=zero calories
  • Butter:  1 pat (tbsp)=100 calories  Half-pat or margarine spread=50 calories
  • Use low-fat sour cream instead of regular
  • Eat more veggies
  • Drink less alcohol and stick to wine/beer

Personally, I'm going to the gym at least 4 times this week just to stay on track.  I'm not a workout junkie but I'm staying in shape so I can have the food without feeling guilty.  Have fun this week, eat healthy, and stay in shape.


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Comment balloon 11 commentsBryan Robertson • November 23 2011 10:42AM


Bryan.  Very good information.  I'm suggesting and hope you get featured so we will all be aware of this.  I have been on a low carb/no sugar diet this week.  Boy am I going to blow it on Thanksgiving.  My golden Rocky will be getting lots of walks this week. 

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 6 years ago

Eat less. Eat slowly. Walk with a friend and communicate. Put down the channel changer held high in the air like a wand of boredom. Hop off the couch and move. Keep moving this Turkey day weekend. Malls are great for exercise if you have inclement weather and outside is not so pretty for walking conditions.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

I haven't worked out in months, unless showing houses and cleaning my own counts.  I'll have to start after turkey day.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 6 years ago

My Thanksgiving gameplan? 5 mile run at 730am, light breakfast afterwards, crazy-large Thanksgiving, football, leftovers, more football...

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) over 6 years ago

Bryan....I'm with you.  I try to make it to the gym 4-5 days/week so I can break even & of course, stay healthy.  I really enjoy Thanksgiving so refuse to feel guilty about it!

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com) over 6 years ago

Bryan my plan is to eat and eat some more... just sayin' :)  Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com) over 6 years ago

Bryan, lol

I feel guilty if i don't finish my 1st ,2nd and 3rd helping. Then a nice long stroll.

Enjoy the day sir

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA (Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY) over 6 years ago


How dare you. I plan on losing weight Thursday.  Unfortunately, I won't since I will probably eat everything in sight.  Oh, well.  Friday is a good day to diet.  Have a great Thanksgiving.  Hope your turkey day is filled with family, friends and food, lots of food.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 6 years ago

Bryan- I love food so I'll be continuing with my morning walks even on Thanksgiving day!  And, maybe at halftime of the pro games and the Texas vs Texas A&M game.  Thank goodness for halftime or I'd never get out of the house. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Thanks folks!  Eat well, get a little exercise, but above all have fun!

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Intero Real Estate) over 6 years ago

I had no desserts this year and there was an uproar at my house!  I have missed my gym time but been busy hauling boxes from teh attic and bending up and down putting the outdoor lights up that had to burn some calories!

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s) over 6 years ago

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