Do you know how many calories we usually consume on Christmas Day?

A little while ago I was supposed to attend and event with Ideal Weight, unfortunately I had to cancel as I was unable to get there in time.

I was rather disappointed as I’m looking to loose weight and was after some advice from them – diets for me work however it’s the maintaining after they have finished that I suffer with.  I may easily loose a stone on a diet but it goes back on quickly.

For that reason I’ve kept in touch with them as I would like to loose my weight before Christmas ideally.

Why before Christmas and not after?

Easy…just look at this:

According to new research conducted by weight management company Ideal Weight, 2.08pm on 25th December is the time that most of us will have consumed our RDA – recommended daily allowance (2000 calories for women and 2500 for men) – and that’s before we’ve even tucked into Christmas dinner!

TIMELINE OF CHRISTMAS DAY
Time
Food and drink
Calorie intake
8.30am
Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs
135
Glass of bucks fizz
95
10.00am
Chocolates from the Christmas stocking
320
11.30am
Four double Gin and Tonics
712
12.00pm
Two mince pies
460
1.30pm
Three slices of shortbread
300
2.15pm
Portion of mixed nuts
243
3.00pm
Traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings
1,450
Three glasses of wine
525
4.30pm
Second helpings of Christmas dinner
725
5.30pm
Slice of Christmas pudding, custard and brandy butter
1,174
6.00pm
Second helpings of Christmas pudding
587
8.00pm
Two portions of cheese and biscuits
500
Glass of port
165
9.30pm
Two mince pies
460

A typical Brit will consume 7,000 calories on Christmas day alone!  and at my current weight I can’t afford to pile on any more pounds over the Christmas period.

By loosing some weight before the festive period means I can indulge a little and not have to worry about the weight gain as much.

For me the above chart is nothing like my Christmas day intake – there definitely will NOT be 4 double G&T’s by 11.30am!!  Infact I don’t know anyone who would have consumed that much alcohol by then, 2 glasses of bucks fizz maybe.  I also don’t like Christmas pudding, mixed nuts or port and will have only 1 mince pie as I’m not that keen on them either.

But even taking off those things it’s definitely a day we all over indulge.

Alexis Boo, spokesperson at Ideal Weight commented, “With the numerous parties and desire to look good in our best outfit, Christmas is a key time for people to think about their weight.  It’s easy to go overboard during the festive season and eat indulgently with all the temptations on offer, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a bit of what you fancy without worrying about the waistline.  With some careful preparation in the run up to Christmas, it’s easy to change your eating habits and by paying attention to ourselves through a combination of a wholesome diet and improved levels of exercise, we can set ourselves up for longer term health gains.”

I would love to be able to loose a stone before Christmas – however with that being only 7 weeks away I’m not sure it will happen, watch this space – I’m starting off at 12 stone 6 lbs.

“This is not a sponsored post it is posted because I was genuinely interested in the findings of the Ideal Weight survey”

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