The Diet Detective: Holiday Feast Breakdown and Exercises That Burn Those Calories

The holidays are here—the excitement, the presents, the good cheer and, of course, the food: parties, gift baskets, drinks, repeat. I'm not telling anyone not to eat and enjoy, but keep in mind that there is a cost—a calorie cost.

The truth is, most of us have no idea what a calorie is worth. We may know the definition, but, think about it: What is a calorie's value?

One way to determine that is to translate calories into exercise and see which foods are splurge-worthy:

Prime rib; 1/2 pound; 675 calories

  • 174 minutes walking
  • 96 minutes biking
  • 72 minutes running
  • 82 minutes swimming
  • 230 minutes yoga
  • 115 minutes dancing

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Cheese lasagna with meat sauce; 9-ounce slice; 490 calories

  • 126 minutes walking
  • 70 minutes biking
  • 52 minutes running
  • 60 minutes swimming
  • 167 minutes yoga
  • 83 minutes dancing

Honey-glazed ham; 6 ounces; 210 calories

  • 54 minutes walking
  • 30 minutes biking
  • 22 minutes running
  • 26 minutes swimming
  • 71 minutes yoga
  • 36 minutes dancing

Cracker with cheese; 1 cracker; 71 calories

  • 18 minutes walking
  • 10 minutes biking
  • 8 minutes running
  • 9 minutes swimming
  • 24 minutes yoga
  • 12 minutes dancing

Christmas cookies; 2 cookies (1 ounce each); 136 calories

  • 35 minutes walking
  • 19 minutes biking
  • 14 minutes running
  • 17 minutes swimming
  • 46 minutes yoga
  • 23 minutes dancing

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Fruitcake; 3.5-ounce slice; 325 calories

  • 84 minutes walking
  • 46 minutes biking
  • 35 minutes running
  • 40 minutes swimming
  • 111 minutes yoga
  • 55 minutes dancing

Pecan pie; 1 slice (1/8 of an average pie); 503 calories

  • 130 minutes walking
  • 71 minutes biking
  • 54 minutes running
  • 61 minutes swimming
  • 171 minutes yoga
  • 86 minutes dancing

Cocktail peanuts; 3 ounces (about 90 nuts); 510 calories

  • 131 minutes walking
  • 72 minutes biking
  • 54 minutes running
  • 62 minutes swimming
  • 173 minutes yoga
  • 87 minutes dancing

Candy cane; one 1/2-ounce cane; 55 calories

  • 14 minutes walking
  • 8 minutes biking
  • 6 minutes running
  • 7 minutes swimming
  • 19 minutes yoga
  • 9 minutes dancing

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