How to Not Look Like a Christmas Pudding These Holidays

Happy holidays! It’s time to eat, drink and be merry. But perhaps you have been indulging a little too much in the first two. And just like a happy newlywed couple, you start wearing your happiness on your tummy.

The average person gains between 0.8 and 1.5kgs on Christmas day ALONE… and many people never lose this weight.

But no one wants to be that sad person prodding around a piece of lettuce on Christmas day. You truly do want to eat, drink and be merry. And yes there is a way to indulge your senses without packing on the pound cake.

Don’t go cold turkey before Christmas

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During the lead-up to Christmas, many people become over restrictive in their diet. It’s kind of a compensation. They think, “Oh if I just eat less now, it doesn’t matter how much I eat during Christmas.” 


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“When you’re in energy-restriction mode and eating fewer calories than you’re burning, you’ll lose weight for a while, but you’ll hit a point where the ‘famine reaction’ is triggered and that primes the body for fat regain.”

Says the associate professor of the University of Sydney’s Institute of obesity, nutrition, exercise and eating disorders.

This means that your body will be geared to store every little thing that you eat. That’s one of the reasons why starvation diets never ever work. Instead you should try a balanced diet.

Cut down the Christmas cookies


The worst thing about Christmas cookies isn’t how bad one is for you. It’s how easy it is to keep on eating them. They are so small and sweet they just seem to keep on going. Before you know it, the whole tray is gone with nothing left but a sense of guilt.

These buttery, frosting-coated snacks are loaded with calories, sugar and fat. The next time your neighbor tries to unload their Christmas cookies onto you, politely thank them for the obesity and then get on your way. Also consider finding new neighbors.

Swap this for that


Like I said before, you don’t want to spend Christmas nibbling on lettuce, sipping a toxic kale smoothie. You can still indulge in the festive tastes without the weight gain. Here’s how suggests you do it:

  • Swap beef sausages (1093kJ) for turkey breast (648kJ, .09g of saturated fat)
  • Swap hollandaise sauce (1793kJ, 14.3g of saturated fat) for apple sauce (352kJ, 0g of saturated fat)
  •  Swap chicken liver pate (1328kJ, 9.1g of saturated fat) for guacamole (577kJ, 4.3g of saturated fat)
  • Swap cabanossi (1167kJ, 10.1g of saturated fat) for smoked salmon (561kJ, 0.9g of saturated fat)
  • Swap cream-filled Pavlova (1522kJ, 8.6g of saturated fat) for an apple and date crumble (1320kJ, 3g of saturated fat)

I still ate too much…

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And that is okay! Don’t be too harsh on yourself. However you do need to look at losing that extra Christmas love. has some fun suggestions on how to do this:

  • 375ml beer (570kJ) = 27 minutes of fast walking
  • 190g of ham off the bone (837kJ) = 30 minutes of medium-pace jogging
  •  A mince pie (921kJ) = 62 minutes of power walking Christmas shopping
  • Five sugared almonds (419kJ) = 55 minutes wrapping presents
  • Portion of salted mixed nuts (1017kJ) = 34 minutes of bike riding
  • Portion of Christmas pudding and custard (2374kJ) = 1 hour 37 minutes of dancing
  • A slice of chocolate log (423kJ) = 53 minutes putting up decorations and lights


  • Three chocolates (557kJ) = 1 hour 7 minutes playing board games
  • 30g piece of crackling (684kJ) = 30-minute walk


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