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PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 December 2017

Time FM Steve Allen.

Time FM Steve Allen.


No-one thinks Roses are one of five a day

Did you fail too?

This year I promised that I wouldn’t overeat over Christmas.

That’s like saying, “I’ll never drink again,” while being hungover.

It sounded good but when it came down to it I’d already had enough calories to last the day with my first cup of tea.

On average people eat 5,000 calories on Christmas Day, which is perfectly fine if Christmas Day lasted two and a half days.

It’s no surprise to hear that’s not good for you.

No one sits munching on Roses between big meals and thinks, “Roses are plants right, so this is one of my five a day”.

However, the festive binge is worse for us that just the weight gain.

Experts have looked at the side effects and they include “postprandial somnolence” – the food coma.

Blood moves away from the brain and heads to help out in the gut and therefore you can’t get up and start burning some of those calories off.

It’s for the best. If we stayed alert on Christmas Day we’d only eat more and up it to 7,000 calories.

That 5,000 calories would take seven and a half hours of interval training to burn off. That’s good news as I do interval training.

The bad news is the intervals are about a month long.

The experts say the side effects of eating lots of potatoes include diarrhoea and constipation, so that sounds like it’ll take care of itself.

Eating chocolate is bad for your teeth and one dentist was in the papers saying cheese is a tooth-friendly snack as it contains calcium and neutralises acid.

I hope that dentist realises, it’s not either/or, this is Christmas, it’s both.

But it’s worth remembering that not eating any food is really bad for you, so consider your Christmas eating as staving off that.


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