The holiday season provides a plethora of delicious treats that act as the gift that keeps on giving — to your thighs.
While pumpkin pie, fudge and other tasty treats may taste delicious, The Huffington Post reported that the average person consumes twice the amount of calories than he or she normally does, putting on 4 pounds between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.
Pecan pie: 500 calories per piece
Eggnog: 228 calories per cup
Cheese ball: 123 calories per tablespoon
Mincemeat pie: 360 calories per piece
Pumpkin cheesecake: 740 calories per slice
Chocolate orange: 210 calories per five slices, or 840 for entire orange
Fruitcake: 410 calories per slice
The calories may not seem high in each snack individually, but Body Chef revealed that the average calorie intake on Christmas Day is 8,000 — four times larger than the recommended amount.
Body Chef suggests choosing the right treats to eat rather than skipping them altogether.
Buttermilk pralines: 65 calories per piece
Ginger-molasses cookies: 61 calories per cookie
Cinnamon streusel crisps: 87 calories per cookie
Gingerbread cookie: 79 calories per cookie
Cream cheese meltaways: 85 calories per piece
Chocolate Nutella fudge: 71 calories per piece
Deep dark chocolate biscotti: 94 calories per piece