According to British Dietetic Association, over the festive period, which seems to kick off earlier and earlier every year, the average person could consume an extra 500 kcals per day, equating to a weight gain of around 5lb by the time we reach the beginning of the New Year.
What is even more worrying is the fact that most of this weight is retained indefinitely. People tend to lose a little bit in January, but the rest of it sticks around for the rest of the year. Even modest increases like this each year can add up over time.
10 tips how to eat smart this Christmas
- Reduce the amount of foods that are typically high on the energy density scale such as cream, pies, bread, potatoes, gravy, butter.
- Choose foods that are typically low on the energy density scale such as lean animal protein, fruits, green and root vegetables.
- Don’t add additional fat to your food such as gravy and butter.
- Don’t add salt, seasonings or condiments to your food, instead choose herbs and spices to flavour your food.
- Reduce the variety of foods you eat. Choose a main dish and one or two sides, ideally vegetables.
- Make sure your plate mainly consist of lean protein and at least half of your plate are vegetables.
- Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink, make sure you drink plenty of water.
On top of that
- Move more, go for a long walk or dance.
- Get enough sleep, sleep deprivation is known to increase appetite.
- Manage stress, relax, have a bath, listen to a music.