13 Ways To Burn Off That Thanksgiving Food

For some hardcore fitness enthusiasts the holidays are quite the burden diet wise, this should not be the case. Holidays should be a time for you to indulge with your family and enjoy some fatty foods that you are not accustomed to everyday. It should be viewed as a reward for all of your hard work and not a burden.

Following those huge Thanksgiving feasts, let’s face it, we don’t feel too great physically. But there certainly are ways to burn this fat off rather quickly.

This article will take a look at 13 ways that will help you burn fat quickly, following Thanksgiving.

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13 Zumba

Enrolling in an activity outside of the gym can also prove to be very beneficial. Zumba is an activity than can make you burn a whole lot in just one session. On average, women burn anywhere between 500 to 1,000 calories per hour of a session. Zumba can be quite the interesting alternative outside of the gym following turkey day.

12 Get frisky

Sex can also help burn off some turkey day calories. A study showed that on average, men burn 4.2 calories per minute, while women burn 3.1 calories in the same amount of time. Sex causes your heart rate to shoot up quickly, this factor allows you to burn calories quicker.

11 Football with family

Outdoor activities can also be a quick way to burn off those calories in a hurry. Indulging in some touch football can allow you to burn anywhere from 500 to 700 calories per hour. Now I wouldn’t recommend going too hard right after you eat, give it a couple of hours or even the next day, playing an hour will have you burning that gravy in no time.

10 Hot yoga


Like Zumba, hot yoga is another activity that can allow you to burn outside of the gym. During a hot yoga session you are likely to burn an average of 475 calories per hour. More intensive yoga classes can last about 90 minutes, this can allow you to burn over 700 calories in the allotted time frame. Get those yoga pants on ladies.

9 Drink water

Staying hydrated is crucial following a Thanksgiving meal. With so much sodium digested, water is essential in flushing the sodium out quickly. So do not panic if your sodium intake is high for this holiday, it’s truly inevitable. Water can also serve many other purposes other than flushing out sodium.

Hydration is in fact also linked to fat burning. When you’re dehydrated, your performance suffers and slows you down rather quickly. This is due to the fact that sweating causes you to lose water. Staying hydrated keeps your performance at a peak while aiding your fat burning efforts, especially when working out in a hot area, you are required to drink even more. It is suggested that most people drink 8 glasses of water a day which is about half a gallon, for those who are very active or living in a very hot climate, that amount can rise to a gallon a day. Make sure to bring a water bottle and stay hydrated through your workouts following that Thanksgiving meal!

8 Gradual cardio

What I mean by gradual is simply not trying to burn everything off in one session, this will only make things worse as opposed to helping you burn. Rushing into weight loss can cause some serious risks in your health which include joint injuries, loss of lean mass, depression, sleep disorders, low self-esteem and a weak immune system. If you’re looking for long-term results take your time and do cardio at a nice and gradual pace. My recommendation would be to do HIIT cardio for 20-30 minutes a day. Taking the gradual approach will help you much more in the long run.

7 Sleep quality

Another essential component in burning that Thanksgiving weight off is getting the proper rest. Losing sleep can simply drain your metabolism causing you to burn at a much slower pace. Food processing also becomes much more strenuous on the body, trying to digest carbohydrates becomes increasingly difficult when your body is exhausted, this lowers the energy production in your body throughout the course of the day. This also causes that Thanksgiving gravy to be stuck in your system for longer than it should be. Get some rest, this will allow your food to digest and will also permit your metabolism to work at an optimal rate causing you to burn more.

6 HIIT cardio

HIIT cardio is your best bet to losing weight fast following a gruelling Thanksgiving feast. HIIT alternates between short intervals of high intensity cardio, mixed in with less-intense short intervals. This cardio is very effective because it is constantly altering your heart rate, this constant change causes your metabolism to be in a quick burning state allowing you to burn more.

5 Supersets

Performing supersets is another way to burn quicker through your exercises. A superset is when two exercises are performed in a row without taking a break. Supersets are generally done by opposing muscle groups back-to-back. With a superset you are able to burn more fat in a shorter amount of time because of your elevated heart rate through the workout.

4 Strength training

Performing some strengthening exercises is probably the last thing you want to hear about following a huge Thanksgiving meal. But it is however key to note that training heavier can allow you to burn twice as fast as using moderate weights. Activating your muscles causes your metabolic rate to increase significantly. Strength training not only causes you to burn more during your workouts but also keeps you in a burning state throughout the day.

3 Using a food scale

If you’re looking for more consistency in your diet following your Thanksgiving meal, buying a food scale is a good way to start. Using a scale and seeing exactly how much you need to eat will benefit you greatly and ensure you’re taking in the required amounts your body needs. From my past clients, many women tend to under eat causing their metabolic system to slow down and eventually burn less in the long-run.

2 Find ways to boost your metabolism

When it comes to burning, it’s all about the metabolism and the metabolic rate your body is performing at. Your metabolism is pretty much regarded as your engine, the quicker it moves throughout the day the more you will burn, however the slower it works, the less likely you are to be in a constant burning state. The key is to find ways to keep the engine rolling and luckily there are numerous ways to do so which include eating a quality breakfast, eating spicy, eating more small meals, eating fruits and vegetables, avoiding stress, breaking routines and getting in some omega-3’s.

1 Drink green tea

Following that brutal Thanksgiving meal consuming some green tea is your best way to go. Green tea provides numerous benefits, one of them is that it works as a detox in your body, eliminating added chemicals and pesticides that stayed in your system from that big meal. Green tea also helps improve your metabolic rate by 4% within a 24 hour period. It allows your body the opportunity to burn fat much more quickly throughout the day, something many foods just do not do.


Sources: gizmodo.comcnn.com

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