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How to Burn 700 Calories Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

Burn calories by turning your Thanksgiving prep into a pre-dinner workout.

Anyone who's ever hoisted a turkey out of the oven or chopped countless veggies for Thanksgiving dinner knows that preparing the turkey-day menu can be hard work. We wanted to find out how that hard work translates into calories burned. So we used the Mayo Clinic's research on working metabolic rates to estimate how much you burn while you're cooking a traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu. Here's what we found. (Bonus savings: cook EatingWell's healthier menu and save 1,724 calories compared to traditional Thanksgiving dinner!) Download a FREE 5-Day 1,500-Calorie Meal Plan to Lose Weight!

Bridget Soper, Contributing Writer

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