Eat, drink and be merry ... but watch the calories
THE average person in the UK will have already consumed around 6,000 calories (kcals) on Christmas day alone – versus the guideline daily amount of 2,000 kcals for women and 2,500 kcals for men.
In addition to this, over the festive season, the average person is likely to consuming an extra 500 kcals per day, equating to a weight gain of around 5lb by the time January the first comes around.
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has highlighted some handy tips to avoid the festive food overload!
Prepare, plan and perform! If you are going to eat out, eat smaller meals beforehand and cut out any other treats beforehand. While we all like to enjoy the odd treat now, balance this with some healthy options, such as satsumas, dried fruit, figs and nuts.
Buffet abundance! Don't hover by the buffet table and, if you do indulge, try and visit only once using a smaller dessert-sized plate, avoiding the high saturated fat offerings like sausage rolls and quiche, in favour of fruit, skinless chicken and vegetable crudités.
Office offerings! Try avoid indulging too much in the office communal chocolates. Take in festive fruit like satsumas to work.
Supermarket splash! When going to the supermarket, make a list and stick to it. Avoid those aisles of temptation. If you want some seasonal snacks, try plain popcorn, pretzels, and vegetable crudités with a low-fat dip.
Proportionate portions! When eating cooked dinners make sure that about a third of your dinner plate is unbuttered vegetables. Cook them for the shortest length of time possible in the smallest amount of water necessary to keep all the nutrients in. Use the veg water for gravy and any leftover veg for soup. These make a great contribution to your five-a-day.
Tempting tipples! Those who like to indulge in a drink or two, tend to drink more at this time of year. Alcohol is very energy dense (7kcal/g versus 4kcal/g for protein or carbs and 9kcal/g for fat). Avoid sweet cocktails and creamy liqueurs. Try alternating your drinks with a glass of water or calorie-free drinks.