Christmas is nearly upon us all it's the time of year we all get together with loved ones give and receive presents and most of all importantly over consume in food and drink. Many people around this time of year tend to relax a bit more and tend to not worry about what they put in their mouths and then worry about the consequences in the New Year!
Well, I'm going to change that for you all, don't just let a certain holiday ruin your goals and your diet you can still have a few naughty treats and stay on track it's just knowing how to and what to do so that's what we are going to be talking about today.
The average British person on Christmas day believes they only consume 3,000 calories but in reality, they will eat 7,000 calories in just one sitting and that's not including breakfast and the booze, crisps, chocolate to go with it and desserts! Wow, that is a lot of calories and we don't even think about how many we are consuming? I always think if you wouldn't burn off the food you eat then why eat it in the first place it would take more than 10 hours of running, cycling at more than 20mph for seven hours, climbing stairs for eight hours and skipping for 12 hours to burn off the 7,000 calories consumed on Christmas Day. Would you do all of that to make use of your over consumption of calories?
However, According to new research, most people have no idea that they will triple their recommended daily calorie allowance (2,000 for women and 2,500 for men) on the most indulgent day of the year. You can see why many people pile on the pounds over the festive period. But there really is no need to here I'm going to give you a few simple tips on how to cut calories and still enjoy yourself.
Here is a rough idea for you to see how the calories do add up now do you believe me?
Here are some tips on how you can cut Christmas day calories without feeling like a dietary scrooge!
- Drink water throughout the day – not only will this keep you hydrated, but it will also stop you mistaking thirst for hunger and therefore overindulging. Drinking water can also increase feelings of fullness.
- Swap white bread for brown to add fibre to your breakfast, and bulk up on the eggs with a chopped tomato for extra nourishment.
- Have your smoked salmon with freshly squeezed lemon and black pepper instead of hollandaise sauce, and skip the butter.
- You can afford to be a bit more relaxed with Christmas dinner itself, which is fairly well-balanced, containing lean protein, starchy carbohydrates and plenty of veg - but try to avoid the fattier parts of the meal, such as the pigs in blankets and crispy turkey skin.
- When serving, make sure the majority of your plate is piled high with vegetables, and watch your portion size.
- Although turkey is a lean meat, you can cut calories even further by avoiding the darker meat and sticking to white meat only.
- Make bread sauce with skimmed milk.
- Steam your vegetables to retain nutrients.
- Swap roast potatoes for boiled or even better go for sweet potatoes as it has more fibre and is low on the glycaemic index.
- Pudding time: swap brandy butter for custard made with skimmed milk.
- Aim to have low -calorie non-alcoholic drinks (water is ideal!) between each glass of wine, or drink white wine spritzers instead.
- Go easy on the cheese. Try having a small amount of the strongest one available, such as Stilton or Roquefort - this will make you feel more satisfied than a large amount of a mild cheese would.