Christmas – overeating

Christmas – overeating

The myth that we put on over 2 kg over Christmas has been disproved, with estimates ranging from 0.2 to 1.4 kg. However the length of time it takes us to lose this weight is estimated anywhere between three months and never. So how can we make sure that we don’t overeat too much at Christmas without feeling miserable?


The answer is to make changes in your surroundings, as these have a bigger impact on your eating than you may realise. One that people have heard of is that food the same colour as the plate tends to be served in bigger portions. So white potatoes, pasta, and rice need a contrasting plate, such as a red one. The size of the plate is also important, and those under 22.5 cm in diameter will make you much less likely to overeat.

You don’t need to buy new crockery though as other changes can have a big effect. Make sure that your kitchen worktops are organised and clean, and that fruit is the only food that you leave out. In the fridge keep fruit, vegetables, and other healthy foods on the middle shelf, where you’re more likely to see them, and make sure that there is plenty of protein in there as well.

At mealtimes try serving salad or vegetables before you serve up the main meal, and plate up the main meal at the cooker rather than at the table. And for any snacks between and after meals make sure that you keep them in just one, preferably inconvenient, cupboard.