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Avoid the stuffing: How to carve up Thanksgiving calories

November 16th, 2011

From Green Right Now Reports

Adults can avoid holiday weight gain by learning how to choose healthier food portions using Thanksgiving serving size guidelines from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“Overeating can lead to unhealthy weight gain that, in the long-run, may make it harder for your body to fight off diseases like cancer,” said Mary Ellen Herndon, MPH, RD, wellness dietitian at MD Anderson.

Most men need about 2,000 calories a day, and most women need about 1,500 calories a day to maintain a healthy weight. “Your Thanksgiving meal should make up about one-third of your daily calories if you plan on eating three meals for the day,” Herndon said.

“Remember, if you do indulge a little on Thanksgiving Day, make sure you return to eating balanced, healthy meals the next day,” Herndon said.

To stay in the target calorie range, Herndon recommends using these guidelines:

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