Take this as a cautionary tale as we head into Christmas, the heavy-hitter of holiday eating: the average American consumes between 3000-5000 calories on Thanksgiving Day alone. During the week of Christmas, about 2500-3500 calories are consumed each day, culminating in the Christmas Feast, which typically tips the scales at about 3500 calories.
While these numbers can seem horrifying at first, it's actually a myth that people gain 5-8 lbs during the holiday season.
Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a recent study of Americans' holiday weight gain showed that between Halloween and New Years, Americans tend to gain about 1.05 lbs.
o how many miles do I have to ride to burn 1.05 pounds??
Well the answer to that depends on how much you weigh and how fast you're pedaling. To burn 1.05 pounds of fat, you will need to burn 3675 calories. Here is how long it will take, adjusted for your weight and speed:
Weight Miles Per Hour Total Time on Saddle
120 12-14 / 14-16 mph 7.9 hours / 6.7 hours
130 12-14 / 14-16 mph 7.5 hours / 5.8 hours
140 12-14 / 14-16 mph 6.7 hours / 5.6 hours
150 12-14 / 14-16 mph 6.4 hours / 5.1 hours
160 12-14 / 14-16 mph 6 hours / 4.9 hours
170 12-14 / 14-16 mph 5.6 hours / 4.5 hours
180 12-14 / 14-16 mph 5.1 hours / 4.3 hours
These values can vary depending on your BMI - so plug in your specific information at healthstatus.com and find out how many miles you owe your bike after that turkey dinner.