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It has been a summer of sport, exercise and healthy dieting but Christmas is fast approaching. During the Christmas period the average Brit will gain over ½ a stone, according to the British Dietetic Association. Our therapist Kiri Norton looks into this.

Terrific or calorific Christmas?

Its almost Christmas and the seasonal goods are on the shelf at the local supermarket. I’m beginning to slow down my exercise regime by replacing it with movies by the fireplace and pigging out on all the snacks i have stocked up in my cupboard, making it unsurprising that the average Brit gains over 1/2 a stone over the Christmas period. From turkey, roasties and vegetables, to wine, chocolate and pudding, on Christmas day i eat as much as i can, to the point I feel my tummy will explode and i don’t think i am the only one that has this habit. Here are some facts about our habits as a nation on Christmas day.

  • The average calorie intake on Christmas day according to BBC food is approximately 6,000 calories.
  • With the daily guideline of calories being 2500 for men and 2000 for women, on Christmas day the average person eats 3 days worth of calories.
  • This calorific intake on Christmas day alone would take the average man 10 hours and 20 minutes of jogging and the average woman 12 hours and 20 minutes of jogging to burn off !
  • The average salt intake on Christmas day is double the daily recommended allowance at 8.87g.
  • Just the average Christmas dinner alone  has 48g of fat (not including your breakfast ,snacks and drinks during the day)

How can I make my Christmas day healthier?

  • Replace half of your alcoholic drinks with soft drinks , everyone deserves a glass or 2 of wine on Christmas day but by replacing a few glasses can dramatically reduce your calorie intake and your headache in the morning.
  • Avoid snacking on that big box of chocolates placed temptingly in front of you – In one celebrations sweet (8g) is 36 calories! These chocolates are small and without realizing you can easily eat half the tin.
  • Take the skin off your Christmas turkey – This can reduce the fat content in the turkey by 50% (USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory – Turkey
  • Use a little bit of oil on your roast potatoes and avoid using goose fat (although it does taste amazing) or even better, replace your roasties with boiled new potato.
  • Use larger vegetables rather than small ones as they will absorb less fat and give you more nutrients.
  • Use custard on your pudding instead of brandy butter sauce.