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6000 calories consumed on average on Christmas Day in the UK. 🎄


Hi everyone,

I'm not surprised at this and think that we should be mindful of it but it's still very important to enjoy festivities. Really the problem is we are a consumer based society and can consume and then consume some more.

I think it's interesting that to burn off these extra calories you'd need to go for a run on Boxing Day for 8 hours or walk for over 21 hours.

Personally I switch off when I'm full but do consume more calorie rich foods over the Christmas period and enjoy them, I also do not drink alcohol and thats where lots of calories come from so if you do have to much Prosecco 🍸 🍸🍸 remember it's not a hang over it's wine flu...🤶

Here's the article:


Jerry 🎄

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Only 6000? I think I'll eat that much in cheese alone :D

It's a lot of "exercise to burn" but it doesn't account for the caloric availability of our food (we can absorb 97% of the calories in sugar, but only around 60% of the calories in nuts), and I will be eating quite a few veggies & complex calories, so hope I will only need to run for 6 hours ;)

JerryAdministrator in reply to Cooper27

LOL 🏃‍♀️😂

StoozieIF Guest in reply to Cooper27

I've read that about nuts before but never found out whether the stated calories are the available ones or the theoretical 100%. Do you know?

Cooper27Moderator in reply to Stoozie

Because of the way calories are measured, there's no way to distinguish between available & total, so it's always the total (100%) that you're given.

I also think different people will also absorb differently. Someone with low stomach acid for example, will absorb less from complex calories because they don't have the means to break down the food as much.


Hi Jerry

Having just got back from a festive lunch, I can believe that! :-)

Zest :-)

JerryAdministrator in reply to Zest

Me too Zest 😊

It’s a really strange phenomenon. The way we eat vast quantities of super rich food over a very short space of time in a way we’d never do at any other time of the year. Merry Christmas (without a heart attack)!

JerryAdministrator in reply to willsie01

Hey willsie01 you put another spin on food to die for...😀 And Merry Christmas to you.

crazyfitnessPWB Guest

Hi Jerry

I've read articles before that people can consume a huge amount of calories over Christmas. I only eat the odd thing that's different to what I normally eat. Since becoming a Vegan I eat very little sweet stuff i.e. I used to eat quite a few chocolates over Christmas. I tend to pick on nuts, shredded coconut, raisins and organic apricots, I don't eat much of the fruit.

My treat will be some stuffing, homemade of course, and homemade fudge.

Have a lovely Christmas and New Year.🎄🎄🎁

JerryAdministrator in reply to crazyfitness

Hi Alicia,

It's making the choices that suit us and less can be enjoyed more sometimes.

Your treats sound lovely so you enjoy them.

You have a lovely Christmas and New Year as well Alicia 🎄 🚴‍♀️ 🎈

crazyfitnessPWB Guest in reply to Jerry

Hi Jerry

I totally agree, it's only since I've become a Vegan that my taste had changed.


Just about 5 months since I went vegan and I’m still developing my “new” tastes. Milk chocolate was the last thing I was able to give up and now just have Bournville but open to finding other vegan alternatives.

Cooper27Moderator in reply to willsie01

Tesco do a really nice mint flavoured dark chocolate that tastes just like after 8s. I was also told that Fry's chocolate creams are vegan last week. I think they have a "may contain milk" warning but that's all.

willsie01 in reply to Cooper27

Think I’ve heard about Fry’s before but I never liked the centres as I found them too overpoweringly sweet. I’ll look up the mint dark chocolate it sounds like the sort of thing I’ll like.

crazyfitnessPWB Guest in reply to willsie01

Aldi sell Moser Roth chocolate which doesn't contain milk and us lovely.

I also agree with Cooper27 re the Tesco mint chocolate, it's really lovely, you don't need to splash out on specific Vegan chocolate as that also indicates on the label 'may contain milk' so is no different to plain chocolate that's not marked as Vegan.

I’ll check out the Moser Roth sounds intriguing.

crazyfitnessPWB Guest in reply to willsie01

You won't be disappointed, well I'm certainly not that's for sure. :)

JerryAdministrator in reply to willsie01

Hi willsie01 I really like the Vego choc bars and keep some in my fridge it's quality vegan chocolate:


Jerry 😀


My maintenance calories are around 1800 and I could probably double that on Christmas Day, mostly from cheese as it’s high calorie low volume! Like you Jerry I switch off when I feel full and I couldn’t imagine eating 6000 even in cheese 🤢

JerryAdministrator in reply to Fran182716

Hi Fran182716 I agree as over eating is the opposite of pleasurable to me, so I can't imagine eating anything like 6000 calories...

Jerry 😊

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