Firstly, it is important to understand that this advice is not about losing weight at Christmas – that is a goal strictly for the masochist, and not one that any experienced health care professional would try to advocate. Rather, it is about trying to aim for some stability with calorific intake, and there are several ways to do this without entirely banning those traditional Christmas treats.
Awareness of some of the main offenders is a good start. The average mince pie racks up about 240 calories, and with many leading nutritionists estimating the UK average of 6lb weight gain, for adults over the festive holidays, is achieved by the addition of just 500 calories a day for a few weeks, it is easy to see how those Christmas parties are not to be taken lightly…
Knocking the pastry casing off the top of a mince pie can actually reduce the calories by a third. Avoiding creamy canapés is another easy and achievable target, as is swopping creamy liqueurs for white wine spritzers. When it comes to the traditional Christmas Day meal, sticking to the white turkey meat will help, while removing the skin can actually cut fifty calories per portion. For more information about healthy eating at Christmas, try looking here: http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/christmastips06.pdf .
Do you have any tips to share on how to stay on track with the extra temptations?
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