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 2,720 kcal. Now my daily calorie requirement is around 2,000 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 2,500. 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!
Smoked salmon (2oz)
Apple crumble or chocolate sponge
TOTAL FOR THE DAY
* Calorie estimates taken from The Calorie Carb and Fat Bible published by www.weightlossresources.co.uk