Have you ever given any thought to how many calories you consume on Christmas day?
According to research you would have to run two marathons to work off a traditional Christmas lunch. So that would mean to burn that you would have to run 52 miles – burning 2,600 calories over a 26.2 mile course. If running two marathons isn’t your thing you could always hit the gym for 9 hours straight, burning 590 calories an hour in the weights room and on the treadmill.
Typically between Christmas Eve and New Years Day we gain approximately 4 – 5 lbs, but that comes as no surprise as we’ve generally consumed twice our normal calorie intake. It can take up to at least Easter to lose that extra weight we gained over the festive period!
Unquestionably we want to enjoy the Christmas period without worrying about calories, diets and weight, but if you’re hoping not to undo all the hard work you’ve put into losing any weight prior to the Christmas period then maybe try having smaller portions or healthier/lighter options. Maybe try using a smaller plate than a standard sized dinner plate.