Nutritionists are warning a big Christmas day binge could lead you to pile on 1kg in just a day.

While Christmas is all about indulgence, it seems many of us don’t realise that huge effect we’re having on our bodies.  Nutritionists say the average Christmas dinner will clock up around 1,400 calories, which is more than the daily recommended amount for most women. And that’s in just one meal!

The biggest calorie culprit is surprisingly the turkey. A serve of turkey with roast vegetables and gravy can add up to around 1,400 calories. That’s not including the serve of Christmas pudding, mince pies and of course alcohol. 

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Leading nutritionist Susie Burrell told the Daily Mail simply choosing a meal of prawns and white fish served with plenty of salad, could save you hours in the gym. She hypothesis many of us would need to spend up to 10 hours sweating it out just to burn off our Christmas dinner.

When it comes to alcohol, she suggests eating first, as you are more likely to consume less drinks which are high in empty calories on a full stomach. She also advises not to skip breakfast Christmas morning, and opt for a meal that’s high in protein, such as eggs or greek yoghurt, as it will help you control your calories throughout the day. 

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