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What I'll be eating on Christmas Day by obesity expert Dr David Ashton MD PhD

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I know some weight loss experts tell their patients that they mustn’t deviate from their diets even for a day.  I think that’s crazy.  Below is my honest estimate of what I’ll be eating this year. A leisurely breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs will be a treat.  I love nuts (which are full of nutrients) so I’ve allowed myself a generous portion of my favourites, Brazil, almonds and plain cashews.  I also love a mince pie but I’m making myself wait for one until the evening.  I can’t get the rest of my family to eat Christmas pudding so I’ve allowed for a treat of apple crumble and custard or chocolate sponge and custard. The key to a successful Christmas Day is to work out what your indulgences are going to be beforehand.  I’ll not want any supper after such a massive lunch but I will probably pick at the turkey so I’ve allowed for that – and my mince pie! 



As you can see, my total for the day is 2720 kcal.  Now my daily calorie requirement is around 2000 calories (excluding physical activity).  But with a brisk afternoon walk of around an hour and half I can use another 500 calories, bringing my total for the day to 2500.  I still have a small excess of around 250 calories – but I’m not going to worry about that on one day of the year.  But remember if I did it on every day of the year, at the end of 2011 I would be carrying 26lbs more fat than I am today! 

Breakfast                                                                               

Smoked salmon (2oz)

Scrambled eggs x 2 with milk

1 slice wholemeal toast and butter


Pre lunch
1 glass champagne
Mixed nuts (50g)


Lunch

Roast turkey (100g)

Roast potatoes (100g)

Heaps of carrots/sprouts/red cabbage

Homemade stuffing

Cranberry sauce

1 chipolata

2 (120 ml) glasses red wine



Apple crumble or chocolate sponge

Custard  



Supper

Left over turkey pickings

More cranberry sauce

Mince pie



TOTAL FOR THE DAY 

Calories*

80

300

100

480

 

90
280
370


170
150
75
230
40
75
160
930

350
150
500


170
40
230
440 

2720 
* Calorie estimates taken from The Calorie Carb and Fat Bible published by www.weightlossresources.co.uk

 


Dr David Ashton

Profile of the author

Dr David Ashton is Medical Director for Healthier Weight.  After graduating with a medical sciences degree from the University of St Andrews, Dr Ashton undertook clinical and postgraduate training at the University of Manchester and subsequently completed a doctorate in epidemiology and biostatistics at Imperial College School of Medicine, London. For several years he was Director of the UK Women’s Heart Study and he is currently Honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Epidemiology, Cardiac Medicine Group, Imperial College. 


Dr. Ashton is widely recognised as a leading international expert on the treatment of obesity and its co-morbidities.  He is unique in having expertise across the entire spectrum of weight management, including behavioural interventions, pharmacotherapy and all aspects of weight loss surgery. Unsurprisingly, he is much in demand as a key opinion leader and is a clinical advisor to several major international companies involved in the development of innovative surgical weight loss devices.    For more information see www.healthierweight.co.uk

 

For more information contact: 

Chrissie Twigg, Director Healthier Weight on 0121 693 4482.