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Thanksgiving can be a diet-buster

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's not unheard of to eat more than 1,700 calories at a Thanksgiving dinner, according to Branda Anderson, a personal trainer and dietitian at the Rochester Athletic Club.

"The biggest pitfall is they spend too much time hanging around the table before the meal picking and picking and grazing all day long."

"If I don't workout, I'll get the holiday 10," says Loren Hewitt.

It doesn't have to be that way though.

"My main piece of advice is to eat a snack before you go to Grandma and Grandpa's for Thanksgiving dinner," says Anderson.

And once you're there, you can make healthier decisions.

"Pecan pie versus pumpkin pie. Pecan pie can have as many as 800 calories per slice versus 300 in pumpkin."

Those calories that are so quickly consumed, don't melt quite as easily.

Personal trainer Wes Emmert says the average person can expect to burn about 8-10 calories per minute and that's pretty vigorous exercise.

If you intend to fill your plate, just be careful what you choose, and Anderson says the key is portion control.

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