Foods, fun and fitness this festive season

Posted 14 December 2015

We at Making Sense of Sugar are like many of you; getting ready for the festive period and enjoying some of our favourite foods and drinks with friends and family before we approach the New Year and focus on our diet, and trying to lose those extra pounds we may have gained.

So, to help get ahead and without spoiling your fun, we wanted to share some helpful tips about the calories we’re likely to consume over the festive period, as well as some ideas for getting us up and out of the house.

So let’s start with calories and have a look at what we thought last Christmas.

Last year, we worked with renowned historian Dr Annie Gray and found that the average Brit can consume up to a whopping 6,000 calories on Christmas Day! [1]  That includes food and drinks and all the good bits in-between. As you can image, we thought it was going to be less. We also polled the nation and found that most people thought their calorie consumption was going to be more like 2,652kcal (calories) over Christmas – a big difference.[2]

So, if you want help understanding what a calorie is and the role they can play within your diet and lifestyle then head to our Understanding Calories page. Or, if you want specific information on where the calories and sugars come from in your favourite foods and drinks, then check out our Guide to Sugars. You can then always put your new knowledge to the test with our latest Quiz.

For many of us, it’s also tempting to stay curled up on the sofa, but if you want ideas on how to burn off some calories, check out our range of fitness apps.  You can get the whole family involved with apps focusing on fun indoor and outdoor activities too.  Why not get the kids to try their new bikes or track the calories you have burnt on a  walk or even make an indoor obstacle course?

We are already looking towards 2016 and want to hear from you! If you have any thoughts or requests for our website, do let us know. And, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @senseofsugar for all our latest news.

Finally, best wishes for the festive season from all the Making Sense of Sugar team and we will see you in 2016!

[1] Christmas Meals Through the Ages, Report, AB Sugar

[2] Brits Consume Twice as Many Calories on Christmas Day as Great War Ancestors, Press Release, AB Sugar