You'll need to run two marathons to work off Christmas dinner, study says

We all overindulge *a little* during the holidays, right? Probably not as little as you think! Research has shown that we take in almost three days worth of calories on Christmas day alone!

A survey of more than1,000 people shows our little holiday excesses are adding up to real pounds to be shed during the spring! They found that Christmas day celebrations pack a major caloric punch, especially once booze and all-day snacking are added in.

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The best and worst holiday desserts for your health
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The best and worst holiday desserts for your health

WORST: Pecan pie

Nutrition (1 slice): 500 calories and 30 g of sugar 

BEST: Pumpkin pie

Nutrition (1 slice): 316 calories and 25 g of sugar


WORST: Frosted sugar cookies

Nutrition (1 cookie): 166 calories and 15 g of sugar


BEST: Meringue cookies

Nutrition (1 cookie): 5 to 15 calories and 1 to 2 g of sugar


WORST: White chocolate peppermint bark

Nutrition (1 square): 180 calories and 10 g of sugar


BEST: Dark chocolate truffles

Nutrition (1 piece): 50 calories and 5 g of sugar


WORST: Gingerbread cake with frosting on top

Nutrition (2" slice): 260 calories


BEST: Gingerbread cookies

Nutrition (1 cookie): 115 calories and 8 g of sugar


WORST: Fruit cake

Nutrition (1 slice): 300 calories and 30 g of sugar


BEST: Linzer cookies

Nutrition (1 cookie): 100 calories and 6 to 10 g of sugar


WORST: Fudge

Nutrition (1" square): 100 calories


BEST: Biscotti

Nutrition (1 cookie): 100 calories -- or less!



The average person is consuming 5,241 calories on December 25th, and while the occasional trek over our nutritional limit isn’t earth shaking, the holiday season really takes its toll.

So what would it take to undo the Yuletide damage? For the average person, running two marathons, burning 100 calories per mile, could erase Christmas day. Or how about bicycling 109 miles uphill? Swimming laps for 13 hours? Even hitting the gym at full force, burning 590 calories per hour, would still take you nine hours to release the one-day holiday calories.

Those figures are taking the holiday cheer out of this elastic waistband holiday! Put the cookie down, and step away from the dinner rolls. Best to stick with turkey and vegetables!

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