Smarter ways to stuff your­self silly ENJOY FES­TIVE FAVES... BUT GAIN NO WEIGHT

The People - - LIFESTYLE - By Scar­let Howes

CHRIST­MAS is com­ing and it’s not just the goose get­ting fat.

Most of us gain an av­er­age of 4lb over the fes­tive sea­son – and never lose it – as we munch and guz­zle 7,000 calo­ries a day.

That is more than dou­ble our rec­om­mended daily limit.

But there are ways to avoid pil­ing on the pounds while still pig­ging out on yule­tide treats.

Here are some calo­rie-bust­ing tips from top nu­tri­tion­ist Ge­orgina Smith­son.

Make rules about food you should have rather than foods you should not When you eat, enjoy it. Do not feel re­stricted over Christ­mas or feel guilty.

Have that sec­ond mince pie – but also make sure you eat a huge plate of veg­eta­bles that day with your choice of pro­tein.

Or try a hand­ful of seeds sprin­kled over your break­fast so you nour­ish your body and brain. Fes­tive fast Skip a break­fast or a lunch so you are not stuff­ing your face three times a day be­cause this can be very ex­ces­sive.

Cut­ting out a meal ev­ery now and then keeps calo­ries down. Go for a five-minute walk af­ter Christ­mas lunch All it takes is five min­utes to make a dif­fer­ence.

Af­ter eat­ing a big meal, stretch­ing can make you feel a lot bet­ter. It op­ti­mises the di­ges­tive sea­son so you are able to take the over­load of food. Eat home-cooked food Eat as many roast pota­toes as you want but avoid things that are not home-cooked. So that means try­ing to steer clear of any­thing in a packet. Christ­mas is all about feast­ing but it is easy to put on un­nec­es­sary calo­ries when you choose pro­cessed foods with hid­den fats. Drink wa­ter When you eat big meals you can be tricked into think­ing you are hun­gry when you are in fact de­hy­drated. You are ex­posed to a load of carbs and salt over Christ­mas. Make sure you drink at least 1.5 litres of wa­ter in the day. If you stay hy­drated you will not eat so much. Do not buy your Christ­mas treats too early Shops stock Christ­mas foods months ahead of the big day. Try to be re­al­is­tic about how much food you re­ally need to buy. It can be tempt­ing to take ad­van­tage of of­fers but ask your­self, if you buy it now, will it last until Christ­mas?

There is a big risk you will get tempted and scoff it way be­fore De­cem­ber 25. Pass on the cock­tails Sea­sonal drinks are de­li­cious but eggnog and mulled wine are laden with sugar.

Even a sim­ple peach bellini can con­tain 158 calo­ries.

Stick to white wine at 85 calo­ries per glass or white wine spritzers – made with half soda – at just 43 calo­ries a go. Crafty calo­rie burn­ers Let’s face it, the gym is not that ap­peal­ing over Christ­mas.

But that does not mean the hol­i­day pe­riod can­not in­clude sneaky but ef­fec­tive ways to burn off a tur­key din­ner. SHOP OFF THE POUNDS: A two-hour dash for last-minute pressies burns 500 calo­ries. COOK UP AT STORM: A whole morn­ing pre­par­ing and cook­ing din­ner burns 400 calo­ries. BE A LEAN CLEAN­ING MACHINE: Clear­ing the ta­ble and wash­ing up af­ter a fam­ily meal burns 150 calo­ries. That makes the job a bit more bear­able.

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