So what does the average Christmas dinner mean for our bodies? Are we going to need that padding in our Santa suits or will we be providing it ourselves?
Protein and calorie intake
Using our hypothetical festive meal, you will have 3 main sources of protein on your plate, represented by your turkey, sausage and bacon (yes, we’ve included the ever-popular ‘pigs in blankets’).
The meal delivers almost 60g of protein, nicely hitting the Bite the Sun threshold of 1g protein per kg of bodyweight, assuming of course you weigh 58kg or less! Heavier people will need a protein top up at some other time in the day. Poached egg with smoked salmon for breakfast, anyone? Alternatively, once you've picked up some additional protein in the extras (in particular the 12g of protein from around 60g of cheese, if you finish with cheese and biscuits), you will have chomped your way through 90g of protein. Yes, and an awful lot of calories!
Let’s look a little closer at this. You'll be getting a modest 1240 kilo/calories from your main meal, but it’s the extras you should be vigilant about. They contribute a whopping additional 2100 kcal! This makes over 3300 kcal for your day's consumption and it’s going to need a very long walk, a long cycle ride, horse ride or some other extended physical activity to work it off. Your other option is to go for broke on the 25th and then engage in some carefully considered caloric restriction (by-passing the left overs and skipping meals) in the days after...