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Thanksgiving dinner sends people to the gym

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If you're like most people, the Thanksgiving meal you scarfed down was in the neighborhood of 3,000 calories.

The turkey, stuffing, gravy and pie you undoubtedly inhaled now has you in a coma, riding the couch and possibly in pain.

What you might not know is that plenty of people pay immediate penance for it, dragging themselves down to the gym to work out. Down at Las Vegas Athletic Club, people were coming in and out all night.

FOX5 spoke with a personal trainer who said it will take much more than a single trip to the gym to make those Thanksgiving pounds disappear.

"(It's) going to take you about two or three times at the gym to burn off that one dinner," said Parrish Graumann, head trainer at Las Vegas Athletic Club.

Graumann said an hourlong cardio workout burns about 1,000 calories, depending on the intensity.

Most of the calories you consume on Thanksgiving don't come from the turkey, Graumann said; rather, it's the side dishes which are to blame.

"One serving of casserole is about 200 calories. It will take 20, 30 minutes on the treadmill (to burn off)," said Graumann. "Pumpkin pie, pecan pie – a slice – is still about a good 20 minutes on the treadmill."

That's not even taking into account the drinks you washed all that food down with. Each alcoholic or sugary drink you consumed will cost you about 30 minutes of cardio at the gym.

Graumann also advised skipping white mashed potatoes. You might try sweet potatoes instead. Also, go easy on the butter and brown sugar.

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