How to avoid getting fat this Christmas
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Roast dinners, mince pies, Baileys... so many of the best Christmas traditions are food/alcohol based that it’s hardly a surprise that this time of year traditionally sees us piling on the pounds. New research has revealed that the average person will consume 6,000 calories on Christmas Day and an extra 500 per day in the days before, which could add up to a weight gain of 5lb before the New Year. We think you’ll agree is pretty hefty. (FYI – women are recommended to consume 2,000 calories and men 2,500 per day.) Luckily the British Dietetic Association (BDA) is on hand to highlight some handy tips to ensure the only thing that gets really stuffed this Christmas is the turkey. Forward Plan: If you're going to eat out, eat smaller meals in the run up and the next day and cut out any other treats beforehand. Only open one box of chocolates at a time rather than having five on the go and put unopened boxes away. Out of sight, out of mind – hopefully. Buffet Surfing: Don't stalk the buffet table. If you do indulge, 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. Overload: Don't get tempted to hoover up your family’s Christmas chocolates and other tempting offerings. Avoid the communal chocolate/mince pies fest.
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