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Revealed: how you'll need to run TWO marathons to work off the traditional Christmas dinner

  • Average person consumes around 5,200 calories on their big festive blow-out;
  • A marathon runner burns 2,600 calories over the 26.2 mile course - around 100 calories a mile;
  • Cyclists would need to pedal 109 miles to work off that Christmas excess - 48 calories a mile;
  • Swimmers would need to spend almost 13 hours doing lengths in the pool - typically burning 413 calories an hour doing a slow front crawl;
  • Gym goers would need to work out for almost 9 hours - burning 590 calories an hour.
  • Figures were compiled by health and wellbeing firm Forza Supplements based on the typical calorie intake on Christmas Day

 

Festive revellers will need to run TWO marathons to work off the traditional Christmas dinner, according to new research. 

The average person consumes 5,241 calories on their big festive blow-out when booze and snacks are added.

A marathon runner burns 2,600 calories over the 26.2 mile course - around 100 calories a mile.

Cyclists would need to pedal 109 miles to work off that Christmas excess - burning 48 calories a mile in the saddle. 

Swimmers would have to to spend almost 13 hours in the pool - typically burning 413 calories an hour doing a slow front crawl. 

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Gym goers would need to work out for almost 9 hours - burning 590 calories an hour doing weights and running on the treadmill. 

The average person puts on 4lb between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day after consuming twice their recommended calorie intake. 

It takes until Easter for many dieters to repair the damage.

More than a third of people (34%) said it would take four months to get back into the same shape they were before Christmas.

The results came from a survey of 1,000 people by health and wellbeing firm Forza Supplements which looked how much we eat on December 25 - and how long it would take to burn off all that excess.

Forza got a team of fitness experts to calculate a range of exercises which burn the equivalent calories of a Christmas dinner blow-out -  from running to golf or taking a brisk Christmas walk.

Lee Smith,Forza Supplements managing director, said: "The problem most dieters have is they tend to 'write off' Christmas and go right over the top - not just on Christmas dinner but all the endless nibbles which are brought out between meals.

"We all want to have fun at Christmas but the best way to maintain a bit of discipline is to look at the hours or exercise you will have to carry out to burn off their calories.

"When dieters realise you have to run a half marathon to work off the calories consumed having Christmas pudding and cheese, they might just think it is worth calling it day after the turkey!"

Forza Supplements develops weight loss and fitness plans for individuals and celebrities.
Forza's Shake It Slim meal replacement drink is one of the UK's most popular weight loss products. 

 

Starter & appetiser

Smoked salmon with buttered toast and horseradish - 366 calories 

Small portion of nuts - 130 calories 

 

496 calories - an hour's jog/10 mile cycle/swim for 1 hour and 15 mins 

 

Dinner

4 slices of turkeys - 404 calories

3 roast potatoes (200 calories each) - 600 calories

5 pigs-in-blankets  (sausages wrapped in bacon) -  400 calories  

Gravy - 79 calories

3 balls of stuffing (125 calories each) - 375 calories 

Buttered sprouts - 100 calories 

Buttered carrots - 80 calories

Bread sauce - 90 calories 

 

2,128 calories - jog 4 miles every day for a week/play 4 90 minutes football  matches/work-out in the gym for 4 hours and 20 minutes. 

 

Dessert & cheese

 

1 mince pie - 177 calories

A portion of Christmas pudding, custard & brandy butter - 587 calories

5 Quality Street chocolates - 132 calories

Cheese and biscuits - one portion of cheese and buttered crackers - 394 calories  

 

1,290 calories - run a half marathon/4 hours of pilates/4 hour hike 

 

Drinks

Two glasses of champagne - 226 calories 

A bottle of beer - 142 calories 

Two glasses of white wine - 240 calories

Two glasses of red wine - 320 calories

A glass of port - 154 calories 

A glass of mulled wine - 245 calories 

 

1,327 calories - two-and-half hours running on gym treadmill/two rounds of golf/three hours of tennis 

 

Total for Christmas dinner blow-out = 5,241 calories