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How many calories are in your Christmas dinner?

How many calories are in your Christmas dinner?

It’s that time of year when we over-indulge and spend the rest of the year paying for it. With Christmas comes temptation: puddings, cakes, turkeys and all the trimmings.

But those sauces, extra butter and chocolates – not to mention the alcoholic drinks – that we pack away over Christmas, often double our average calorie count.

Sure, we all look forward to a hearty and comforting Christmas dinner, but according to research, you’ll have to run something like two marathons to burn off the calories you consume during Christmas dinner alone.

A study by Forza Supplements found that the average person eats up to 5,241 calories on Christmas Day – meaning we put on a whopping 4lbs between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

The key to keeping the calories at a sensible level is to understand what you’re eating. A roast potato packs around 200 calories, a ball of stuffing – 125 calories. Five pigs in blankets will cost you 400 calories, and so it continues, with every extra you pile on the plate.

It’s one day a year, and of course it’s a time to indulge, but if you’ve worked hard to keep the weight off all year, then think about where you might be able to make some low calorie decisions, or perhaps just don’t add that extra roastie to the plate!!


the author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running ultra marathons. In addition to training for her epic runs she finds time for strength training, Pilates and Yoga. .