Christmas weight gains take three months to lose

A study has found the extra pounds we pile on with turkey, mince pies and pudding take three months to shift

By Laurie Hanna


It takes no time at all to put on weight over Christmas – but losing it is a different matter. A study has found the extra pounds we pile on with turkey, mince pies and pudding take three months to shift. The average Brit will have two or three Christmas dinner servings, consuming 2,300 calories. That’s 115% of the recommended daily intake for women and 92% for men. According to the survey by MSN, three-quarters of those quizzed admit they will over-indulge at Christmas and simply suffer the consequences later.

Nutritionist Dora Walsh said the key to not putting on too much weight in the first place is to avoid gorging. But she also warned against crash dieting if you do end up with a bigger waist than you had hoped for. She added: “You can still enjoy your food at Christmas without going overboard and gaining weight. Eat slowly and enjoy what you are eating without over filling, and also stay active over the Christmas period to help burn off any excess calories. It’s about moderation, which will help avoid the extremes of gorging at Christmas and starving after. Any post-Christmas diet plan needs to be sensible and balanced because crash diets don’t work and quick fixes won’t last.”

Office worker Rachel Taylor told how she knows she is going to put on weight over Christmas and it will be a while before she shifts it. The 27-year-old, of Southampton, said: “I like to keep trim but I’m not obsessive and I do make an exception for Christmas. Overindulging usually means I put on a few pounds and, because I don’t believe in crash diets, it usually takes a month or two for me to lose it all.”

How to lose the pounds
HERE’S how you can shed a few of those festive pounds.

  • A 100g serving of Christmas pudding is 329 calories… a 30-minute run can burn 450 calories

  • One serving of roast turkey (90g) is 149 calories… cycling for 40 minutes at a moderate pace burns 180 calories

  • Two mini sausage rolls amount to 108 calories…housework for 35 minutes can burn around 110 calories

  • One mince pie is 215 calories... jogging for 15 minutes will burn 220.

Source: Daily Mirror

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