Whoa, there! Most Americans consume over 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving

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HOUSTON — It is as lit as a turkey in the oven this holiday season! So the question is: to burn calories, or to consume them?

Well, many Houstonians are doing both for balance, of course.

First off, how many calories do most people eat on Turkey Day?

According to the Calorie Control Council, most Americans consume over 4,500 calories, on Thanksgiving.

In Houston, many locals are working for their stuffing and pumpkin pie.  One runner at Memorial Park calls it his own "Turkey Trot  burning off carbs to earn carbs."

Members at Orange Theory Fitness are leaving all their sweat on the table to get ready for the big meal. Lourdes Smith says "I need that workout. I know I'm going to be eating a lot of calories. So it's just a  great way to get my day started and feel comfortable ."

Instructor Charlotte Morales said, "we know we are gonna indulge, but this just a way to set yourself up for success."

Round of applause to these folks! They are ready to feast when Grandma says "food's ready!"