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The Morning After


Every year, we plan to be ‘good’ at Christmas and every year, we lie to ourselves. Because, what good is abstaining from life’s finer things on a day with family and friends? Macros and nutritional guidelines can wait a few days, right?

According to a study from Wren Kitchens, the average person packs away a huge 5,373 calories during Christmas day

(Related: 8 weird things that can help you lose weight during Christmas)


But what most people don’t know is the caloric content they’re packing into their bodies across Christmas day. Whether it’s the Buck’s Fizz in the morning, the generous helpings of stuffing or the selection box being passed around for the third time, it can all add up to a whopping amount. 

According to a study from Wren Kitchens, the average person packs away a huge 5,373 calories during Christmas day. That’s twice the recommended daily average for men and three times the RDA for women. 

Our advice is two-fold. Firstly, to enjoy the Christmas season and remember what it’s really for: being with family, friends and loved ones and not counting calories.

(Related: Everything you need to know about calories)

Secondly, to put in the work before and after, to help offset the nutritional haphazards that can be rife during the Christmas period. A leisurely run on Boxing Day, for example, will get you in the right mind-set leading to 2018 and following a healthy diet during party season — mince pies included, naturally — will mean the caloric nuclear bomb on Christmas day will go down slightly sweeter.

Below, we give you three steps that can help fight the battle against winter padding. 

1. Hit the brakes during Christmas dinner

A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that wolfing down food hinders the release of hormones that induce feelings of feeling full. Put simply, the slower you eat, the less you’ll pack away. If it helps, you may even miss the Queen’s speech. Win-win.

(Related: 3 ways to avoid Christmas weight-gain)

2. Make a pre-emptive strike

Created by England Rugby’s James Haskell, this bodyweight circuit will torch fat for hours — you won’t even need any equipment, so it’s perfect for doing at home. 

Jump Squat

– Squat down, keeping your back straight, until your thighs are parallel with the floor and your bum is about level with your knees.

– Explode upwards into a jump, and go straight into the next squat. 

– Your toes should touch the floor first when you land, at the same time and parallel to each other.

Jump Lunges

– Set yourself in a walking lunge position then explosively jump up, changing legs in midair.

– Land and repeat.

Shadow Boxing

– While running on the spot, throw punches up, then forward, 45sec of each.

– Go for a total of 3 sets total

3. Drink more water

According to a study by the University at Virginia Tech, people who drink 500ml of water before a meal lost can lose about 2kg more weight, which equates to a whopping 44 per cent increase in weight loss. See off two glasses before dinner to bring out that six-pack for 2018. Moreover, research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking 10 chilly glasses of water a day could lead to an extra 490 calories burned in a week. How refreshing.

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