The average Irish person will gain up to half a stone over the festive period as the temptation of never-ending chocolates, mince pies and savoury snacks get the better of them!
The season of goodwill brings good cheer, eating and drinking and many of us indulge in all sorts of fattening fare which invariably leads to those unwanted Christmas pounds.
During Christmas revelry, food often becomes the centre piece.
According to the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, on Christmas day people can eat and drink their way through up to 6000 calories!
Joyous overeating is followed by strict resolutions to lose weight come New Year’s Day but many people struggle to undo the damage caused by all those fatty foods.
According to Motivation Weight Management, the season of good will does not have to be laden down with calories and for those who want to plan a little ‘damage limitation’ they have a great light and tasty menu to help get through the season’s eatings!
They also draw attention to the staggering comparison in Christmas day calories.
The light and tasty Christmas day comes in at just 1165 calories which leaves some room for manoeuvre and ever a festive spirit or two. But the traditional Christmas day calorie count is a shocking 4025.
Healthy Christmas Day Alternative
Light & Tasty Christmas Day
Breakfast : 2 grilled rashers and mushroom: 120Cal
Starter: Quater melon: 60Cal
Main:Turkey and ham, stuffing made from wholemeal bread, bread sauce made with water, broccoli made with cabbage, sugar free cranberry sauce, half cup mashed potatoes: 530Cal
Dessert: Trifle made from sugar free jelly and fruit: 35Cal
Salad with cold meats: 210Cal
Half cup of fruit cocktail: 120Cal
Total Calories: 1075Cal
Full Irish: 1065Cal
Starter: Smoked Salmon & Bread: 292Cal
Main: Turkeyand ham, roast potatoes, stuffing, bread sauce, carrots, parsnips, brussel sprouts, gravy, cranberry sauce, cheese, crackers: 1500Cal
Dessert: Christmas Pudding, custard and brandy butter: 687Cal
Turkey and Ham Sandwich: 450Cal
Mince pie and cream: 368Cal
Christmas Cake: 350Cal
Total Calories* 4,025Cal
*Calories are estimates as they depend on portion sizes