Dieticians say people can consume 7,000 calories Christmas Day unknowingly
Dieticians say on average adults should take in anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day, but on Christmas day calculations show that number could almost quadruple 7,000 calories.
Breakfast, alcohol, sweets, dinner, and snacks in between all contribute to weight gain during the holidays.
”We're constantly bombarded with those unhealthy foods that are going to be high in fat and high in sugar, those sweet treats, alcoholic beverages, those things all add up to a lot of calories and it can be easy especially if we're going to multiple holiday parties to reach those 7,000 calories," said Carrie Taicher, a registered dietician with Aurora BayCare.
"During the holiday season especially between Thanksgiving all the way up to New Year, the average person could gain anywhere between five to ten pounds, and that's a very reserved estimate," said Junius Ho, a personal trainer with Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine.
Ho says to burn 400 measly calories is 45 to 60 minutes of exercise, so imagine having to burn 7,000.
"It's definitely going to be a while, so if you sum that up into 7,000 calories, you could probably be working out for days non-stop in order to get rid of almost everything that you’ve ate," said Ho.
Ho says you don’t need to be at a gym to burn excess calories, for example, using a chair and doing chair squats at home will have many breaking a sweat.
Taicher advises listening to hunger cues and pushing the plate away once there’s a sign of fullness. She also recommends filling half of the plate with fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and have a high fiber content.
“Fill your plate half full with fruits and vegetables and then fill the remainder of your plate with foods that you're looking to indulge in," said Taicher.
Before going back for a second plate, Taicher says to wait between 15 and 20 minutes to allow your body to digest, she says many don’t even go for the second plate after waiting.
Ho says those planning on losing weight after all the Christmas calories, should realistic with weight loss goals.
"You have to be realistic and everybody's body is very different, so on average if you're looking at a half a pound per week or a pound per week that is a good estimate to shoot towards," said Ho.