Manage the pre and post game

I won’t tell you what to eat or drink at Christmas time, but there are some general strategies that can help manage energy intake.

The festive season comes with plenty of sit down meals and a plethora of food - turkey, ham, prawns, potato salad, cakes, the list goes on.

But what also comes with the entertainment are plenty of appetisers and post-meal treats that always seem to be within arms reach.

Crackers, dips, Ferrero Rocher - do they sell these outside of December? - and the like are always tempting, particularly when you are on holidays and enjoying yourself.

Exercising control pre- and post-meal can make a huge difference to energy intake, without having to miss out on anything.

Christmas lunch is often a good source of relatively lean protein and there are plenty of vegetables, so it’s always going to be better to fill up at the main event then the carb and fat heavy options before and after.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any Jedi mind tricks that you can use to make the appetisers any less appetising or energy-laden.

The only thing I can say is that proximity increases consumption - people tend to eat more of what’s near them - so maybe try to keep the food on rotation, or play some musical chairs if you have to!

Tom Fitzgerald