If you're not yet finishing off your second or third plate of holiday leftovers... You may want to hold off. According to the Huffington Post, a recent survey found that the average person puts on 4 lbs between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. So where are all the calories in a typical holiday meal and how do you get rid of the extra pounds? Personal trainer, Erik Meinerth says it takes hours to burn off just one meal. "In your average hour of cardiovascular exercise you are going to burn off about 600 calories so let's say that meal was 1800 calories, that's three hours worth of cardio. Traditional dinner items like ham are just 60 calories. But mashed potatoes are 214. Add the gravy and that's another 236. Green bean casserole is 454 calories. Topping it off with a cheesecake can be more than 400 calories. "Your mashed potatoes, you're probably looking at about 30 minutes of cardiovascular training," says Meinerth. So how many push ups would it take to burn 500 calories? "If you're doing a hundred push ups in the course of 20 minutes, youre probably looking at about 200 to 250 calories that youd burn off. Trainers say mixing cardio with weight is the best way to tackle holiday fats. "Not just focusing on your cardiovascular and resistance training separately but combining the two together is what works the best," says Meinerth. He also says people use the holidays as an excuse not to work out.. But after the new year, gyms will be packed with newcomers. "We recommend you to work with a trainer so that you don't get injured and so you learn all the exercises and nutrition knowledge you need to achieve your goals and burn off all those Christmas calories." According to the Huffington Post, we eat up twice our recommended calorie i-take during the holidays. Most of those calories, from alcohol. 31% polled admitted to a 'complete blow out' eating more than 8,500 calories. That's more than triple the recommended intake for men and four times a woman's daily 2,000 limit. The survey revealed it would take about 4 months to shed those extra pounds.
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