Obviously. it’s one of the most indulgent days of the year, but did you think you’d almost triple your daily allowance with just the one meal?
We thought not.
A new survey revealed that more than third of people said they thought they’d only consume around 3000 calories on the day. Only 2% thought they’d consume the 7000 they actually do, and even more shockingly 29% guessed less than 3000!
So where do all these calories come from?
Everybody’s favourite part of the Christmas Dinner, roast potatoes come in it around 200 calories each! Sausage wrapped in bacon are a whopping 97 calories each, and although turkey is geared up to be one of the healthier meats, that’s still over 300 calories for three slices. Let’s be honest, three slices is never enough.
In terms of alcohol, a glass of champagne is 133 calories. This is often followed by a mulled a wine at 119 calories per small glass, emphasis on small. If the meal is finished off with a baileys that’s another 180 calories added to the total.
When you then consider all the other trimmings that come with the main meal, followed and proceeded by the extra chocolate, biscuits, nuts and mince pies you feel obliged to eat from from a.m to p.m, by the time bed time rolls around, we all give Santa a run for his money on the belly front.
If 7000 calories sounds about right for you, it will take more than 10 hours of running, 12 hours of skipping or 8 hours climbing the stairs to completely burn it off. At least it’s always enjoyable at the time.
Looking ahead to 2015
The main thing to take from this is how completely in the dark most of us are of the calorie content in the food we eat. Although people resign themselves to gaining weight over the festive period, are we as unaware for the rest of the year?
All this excess isn’t as fun in the New Year. With 28% of us saying our aim for 2015 is to lose weight, it appears many of us will spend the first month of our new regimes shifting the weight we’ve gained the week before.
As the stomach is the body part most of us are wanting to change in 2015, it is suggested if just one change is going to be made over the period it’s go easy on the alcohol.
With alcohol being liquid most of us don’t even recognise the huge amount of calories we can consume just from a few drinks. Not only is it high in calories, but a few drinks often leads to reaching out for even more unhealthy food. Try spacing out the alcoholic beverages with a glass of water in-between each one.
Also, why not start early on the exercise front so it’s not such a shock to the system come January. We all know how hectic the holiday season is, but just a 5-10 minute workout can really be worthwhile.
Give yourself a head start.
Wake up 10 minutes earlier and give yourself a New Years head start with these suggestions:
10 minutes biking boosts brainpower
A study in Japan showed that volunteers felt significantly happier after just 10 minutes on a stationary exercise bike. This break improved participants reaction times, memory and organisation skills. Not to mention the obvious benefit of a little bit of stress relief.
7 minutes running protects the heart
It’s an obvious one that running is good for your cardiovascular system, but even 7 minutes a day can almost half your risk of death from heart disease. That’s not even half the cooking time for a mince pie! No excuses!
Intense bursts can still build fitness
Numerous studies have shown that shorter sessions of high intensity interval training (HIIT) can be just as effective, if not more, in building fitness. However, you have to really push yourself to feel the benefits. Things like adding sprints to your run can cut your time out in half, alongside taking you to another level of fitness.
If you use your time wisely this week, the 7000 calories you’re about to consume won’t take such a toll. 5-10 minutes a day is all you need.