BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, turkey, ham, lambs and rams. You name it, on Thanksgiving, Americans ate it.

And according to the Calorie Control Council, Thursday's meal likely set you back an average of 4500 calories.

While that thought alone may have you lacing up your running shoes and making plans to skip dinner tonight, fitness experts like Bo Cunningham of KC’s Fitness in Buffalo say otherwise.

"The worst thing to do would be to beat yourself up and get upset at yourself or mad at yourself. Typically what people want to do is not eat and that is like one of the worst things you can do,” said Cunningham.

According to Cunningham, you'll want to stay off of the scales today as you'll have leftover bloat from Thursday, which can cause weight fluctuations.

Instead, he recommends staying hydrated and following an intermittent fasting plan.

"An intermittent fast is where we eat for eight hours a day and then we fast for sixteen. So during that time, we would only drink water, drink coffee, drink tea, everything is black nothing in it. And then we would eat healthy for eight hours a day and you can shift that every day,” said Cunningham.

On top of the obvious weight loss, Cunningham says the eating plan will help to level out your hormones and blood sugar and can improve your mood.

Once you're ready to get moving, the Director of Health & Wellness Department Canisius College, Charles Pelitera, adds that having a flexible workout plan will be the key to keeping off pounds over the holidays.

"If you can't go outside, figure out something that you can do inside. If you're a walker or a runner that likes to do it outside, stay inside, do it on a treadmill, use an elliptical cross trainer, use a rowing machine, something along those lines,” said Pelitera.

"Just do 10-minute workouts throughout the day, jumping jacks, pushups, things you can do inside your home,” said Cunningham.

They add that these changes will help both your physical and mental wellbeing.

"Even if you're not in the shape that you want to be in, if you know that you've done something that's going to help your physical fitness. Anything along those lines is going to make you feel good about yourself,” said Pelitera.