Here’s how to indulge without the bulge
Nothing beats a warming glass of mulled wine or a sugar-laden mince pie at Christmas. But with so many delectable treats on show, it can be difficult to keep track of the festive calorie count.
With the average Briton munching their way through an extra 3000 calories on Christmas day, it’s no surprise we’re gaining up to 4lbs over the Christmas week. While the majority of us are happy to offset our seasonal scoffing with a virtuous January health kick, the truth is it could take up to four months to completely banish that yuletide bulge, if you ever do!
A survey of 1000 people by diet company Forza Supplements revealed that 34% of Brits wouldn’t finish shifting the extra pounds until Easter, while a further 11% would never lose the weight completely. That means they could be adding more than 20lbs to their frame over a decade!
So next time you grab for the chocolate tin, you might want to bear in mind the consequences of your Christmas cravings. It doesn’t take much to shave off those superfluous calories, and with our simple tips you can still enjoy the foodie festivities without the belt-busting after effects.
- Pasta and rice = fist-sized portion
- Protein = palm-sized portion (not including your fingers!)
- High-fat foods (e.g. cheese) = thumb-sized portion
- Vegetables = Have as many as you like.
- Potatoes = One regular-sized spud. If you're having mashed, follow the guide for pasta.
- Take the pastry top off your mince pie: 80 kcal
- Add handful of ice to your wine glass before pouring: 80 kcal
- Remove the skin from your turkey: 50 kcal
- Make your G&T with slimline tonic: 40 kcal
- Take one less roast potato than usual: 100 kcal
- Have your Christmas pudding with Greek yogurt instead of cream: 310 kcal
- 50% vegetables, such as carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and green beans
- 40% protein, such as turkey or beef
- 10% treats, such as yorkshire puddings, pigs in blankets, stuffing, roast potatoes and gravy.
- Hide the treats! Keeping snacks covered or even out of reach will encourage you to eat less.
- Don't snack in front of the TV. We can eat an extra 300 calories when we're sat watching TV.
- Keep your fork in your 'wrong' hand at a buffet. It'll slow down your ability to load your plate.
- Blow out your candles. Researchers in California found that we eat more in dimly lit rooms.
- Beware huge wine glasses: Drinking out of a smaller wine glass will reduce your intake of calories.
- Swap a serving of Baileys (180 kcals) for A glass of Champagne (110 kcals)
- Swap 2 sausages on sticks (130 kcals) for 2 chicken satay pieces (50 kcals)
- Swap a mince pie (240 kcals) for a slice of Yule log (186 kcals)
- Swap 30g Stilton (130 kcals) for 30g Camembert (90 kcals)
- Swap a handful of Pringles (280 kcals) for a handful of Twiglets (190 kcals)
- 6 walnuts
- 12 almonds
- 20 peanuts
- Wholemeal toast and peanut butter
- Boiled egg