What time will it take to finish your Thanksgiving dinner?

Caught up in the festivities, Thanksgiving dinner is usually demolished in minutes — but it would take up to 13 hours to walk off the damage.

The traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings — stuffing, mashed potato, cranberry sauce, candied yams and gravy —  contains around 3,700 calories, which is 70 per cent above the entire daily allowance for a woman.

This would mean that the average person would need to walk over 30 miles. It would take approximately 13 hours or a six-hour run, depending on what you are doing. official expenditure estimates.

If you were one of the families who had Mac and Cheese instead of turkey this year, you’d have to walk even for longer. It has become increasingly popular for vegetarians, and families that are bored of turkey, but the pasta and cheese have less nutritional value and more calories.

Mac and Cheese averages 600 calories per serving. This brings the total calories to approximately 4,000 when you add all the sides. This would require you to walk 32 miles. It would take almost 14 hours.

Dessert of apple pie or pumpkin pie would be approximately 300 calories. That’s nearly 7,000 steps. It would be 3,000 steps more if you added a 130-calorie scoop or ice cream. Nearly 3,000 steps would be added to each meal by having a glass of wine with it.

Dr Linia Patel, a registered dietitian in the UK, said: ‘Special holidays for thanksgiving are allowed, so there is no need to beat yourself up over eating more than normal for the day.

“But you cannot exercise your way to a healthy diet, but there are ways to balance calories.

Other favorites including a beef wellington take the tally to a whopping 4,000 calories — which needs 90,000 steps or 40 miles to walk.

The graphic above shows how many steps are required to get rid of every portion of a thanksgiving meal. This is based upon data from the CDC that suggests every step burns between 0.04 and 0.05 calories. Portion sizes indicate how many calories are in each meal. A portion of green beans has about 30 calories per serving, while four slices of turkey have 370 calories.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Says Walking for 30 minutes can help you burn around 140 calories.

It takes approximately this amount of time to walk 3,300 steps. This amounts to roughly 0.04 to 0.05 calories per minute.

This figure is based upon an adult who weighs approximately 154 lbs (11st). Higher-weight people will burn slightly more calories for each step.

What is the best way to burn calories through exercise? 

After You may want to get rid of those extra calories after a huge thanksgiving dinner.

Exercise is one of the best ways to lose weight. The CDC has a list of calories burned after exercising for an hour.

It’s for an American standard weighing in at 154lb (11st), with heavier Americans burning more.

Hiking: 370 calories burned an hour

Walking280 calories per hour 

Light gardening330 calories per hour

Bicycling290 calories per hour

You can also do more intense exercises

Running: 590 calories an hour

Bike riding is intense590 calories an hour

Swimming: 510 calories per hour

Walking is intense: 460 calories per hour

Heavy yard work440 calories an hour

Weight lifting440 calories per hour 

Source: CDC 

It would take almost 13 hours to finish the 3,700-calorie turkey meal and all its trimmings if you were to pedal your bike around. 

The CDC recommends that a cyclist riding a hardy bike ride should take no less than six hours.

For yoga-lovers, it will take around 20 hours to burn the food. Dancers can choose to practice for 11 hours. 

Dr Patel added: ‘If you overindulge on one day it is important to remember that you can balance it out, but by focusing on more foods like fruit and vegetables afterwards.

You can burn more calories if you’re more active, so consider going on a walk with the kids or running afterwards.

After, after scanning the US Department of Agriculture Database, calculated the average calories of Thanksgiving based upon the main course, desserts, or drinks.

For the pre-meal snacks, two crescent rolls, a handful of mixed nuts, broccoli florets, artichoke dip and a beer were listed — which came to 800 calories between them.

For starters, a butternut squash soup was included — containing 220 calories which would require 5,000 steps to burn off.

Families would then be able to move on to four slices of turkey or other mains, as well as stuffing, gravy green beans, cranberry glaze, candied yams, sweet potato casserole, and mashed potatoes. 

The total calories were nearly 1,900 calories with the addition of two glasses red wine.

For dessert, you received a slice of apple pie, pumpkin cake, vanilla ice cream, and a cup of coffee. This dish had 800 calories.

American women weigh 170lbs (12.1st), and men weigh 197.9lbs (14.1st). Women in the UK weigh 154lbs (11.1 stone), and men weigh 184.8lbs (13.2stone). 

American women are advised to consume about 2,200 calories daily, while men need to consume an average of 2,500 calories.

What did you eat in the last year?

According to the US Department of Agriculture, Americans could consume as much as 3,700 calories thanksgiving if they eat turkey. This would rise to almost 4,000 calories if they choose a wellington beef.

What is the average number of calories in a Thanksgiving meal?


Four slices of roast turkey — 370 calories, 8,500 steps

Portion of Mac and Cheese — 600 calories, 13,500 steps 

Portion of beef wellington — 690 calories, 15,700 steps

Portion of baked salmon — 390 calories, 8,800 steps


Stuffing — 200 calories, 4,700 steps

Gravy — 80 calories, 2,000 steps

Portion of mashed potatoes — 210 calories, 4,800 steps

Portion of green beans — 30 calories, or 700 steps

Heaped spoons cranberry sauce — 220 cals, or 5,000 steps

Candied yams — 290 calories, or 6,500 steps

Sweet potato casserole — 210 calories, 4,800 steps


Slice of apple pie — 280 calories, 5,700 steps

Slice of pumpkin pie — 320 calories, 7,500 steps

Vanilla ice cream scoop — 130 calories, 3,000 steps


Crescent roll — 200 calories, 4,700 steps

Mixed nuts — 170 calories, 3,900 steps

Artichoke dip — 100 calories, 2,300 steps

Broccoli florets — 30 calories, 700 steps


Glass of red wine — 125 calories, 2,900 steps

Pint of IPA beer — 300 calories, 6,800 steps

Coffee — 70 calories, 1,500 steps 


Butternut squash soup — 220 calories, 5,000 steps 

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Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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