How not to be a Christmas pudding

With the average person putting on 5lb over the festive season, a new solution to the obesity crisis would be a timely gift.

Food and drink labels that tell you how much exercise is needed to burn off the calories contained within is the suggestion in a report by the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

So how might those labels look for the food we scoff on Christmas Day? LORRAINE FISHER found out…

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CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST  

COFFEE

One Americano with semi-skimmed milk — 20 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for four minutes. Or ice skating for two minutes.      

 

 

  

 

 

 

BUCKS FIZZ           

One 220ml glass — 110 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 22 minutes. Or aerobics for 17 minutes.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 SMOKED SALMON  

One 113g portion — 132 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 26 minutes or jogging for 12 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOAST

One buttered white slice — 70 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 14 minutes or roller-blading for five minutes.

 

SCRAMBLED EGGS

Two eggs — 197 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 39 minutes or skiing for 22 minutes.

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TIPPLES AND CHOCS 

 CHAMPAGNE        

One 125ml glass — 90 calories. 

Exercise needed:  Walking for 18 minutes or laughing for 56 minutes. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 WHITE WINE

One large (250ml) glass — 228 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 45 minutes or window cleaning for nearly 45 minutes.

 

BAILEYS

A double — 163 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 32 minutes or mowing the lawn for nearly 40 minutes.

 

DESSERT WINE

One 120ml glass — 187 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 36 minutes or Zumba dancing for 22.5 minutes.  

 

CHOCOLATES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three from a box or tin — 132 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 26 minutes or washing dishes for 50 minutes.

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CHRISTMAS LUNCH 

TURKEY 

Three thick slices with skin — 194 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 38 minutes or kayaking for 35 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROAST POTATOES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small helping of potatoes roasted in goose fat — 320 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 62 minutes or one hour 36 minutes weeding the garden.

 

STUFFING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two balls — 108 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 21 minutes or making the beds for half an hour. 

 

GRAVY 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A generous 75ml made from meat juices — 225 calories. 

Exercise needed: Walking for 44 minutes or rock climbing for 27 minutes.   

 

CRANBERRY SAUCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two tablespoons — 86 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 17 minutes or playing hopscotch for 25 minutes.     

 

CARROTS

Two honey-glazed roasted carrots — 204 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 40 minutes or ten-pin bowling for just under 57 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

PARSNIPS

One large roasted parsnip — 154 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 30 minutes or swimming breaststroke for nearly 13 minutes.

 

YORKSHIRE PUDDING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One large pud — 199 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 39 minutes or belly dancing for 34 minutes.

 

BREAD SAUCE

A generous dollop — 113 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 22 minutes or vacuuming for 20 minutes.

 

BRUSSELS SPROUTS

A 200g serving with bacon and chestnuts — 196 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 28 minutes or boxing for 13 minutes. 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

PIGS IN BLANKETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four small — 208 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 40 minutes or washing the car for 40 minutes.

  

CHRISTMAS PUDDING 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A medium portion (110g) — 416 calories. 

Exercise needed: Walking for 81 minutes or scrubbing floors for 66 minutes. 

 

BRANDY BUTTER

 

Heaped tablespoon — 213 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 41 minutes or doing kung fu for 18.5 minutes.

 

SINGLE CREAM

A 30ml serving — 56 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 11 minutes or ironing for 22 minutes.

 

CHRISTMAS CAKE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A medium portion — 412 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 82 minutes or kickboxing for 33 minutes.    

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 …AND EVENING SNACK 

 

MINCE PIE

 

 

 

 

 

 

One average shop-bought pie — 260 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 51 minutes or downhill skiing for 40 minutes.    

 

CHEESE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30g of brie, 30g of stilton, 30g of cheddar — 345 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 68 minutes or skiing for 29 minutes.

 

CRACKERS

Three water biscuits — 115 calories.

Exercise needed: Walking for 23 minutes or circuit training for 11 minutes.

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