Do you think that by having a few copious lunches and dinners at Christmas you are going to go crazy? This is what is going to happen to you (in addition to gaining 4 kilos).
What if the company dinner, what if the "unofficial" meeting with colleagues (and those of the Faculty), Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas lunch at home, the cousins from Cuenca who have come to see you and there are What to stay, New Year's Eve dinner ... If we make a list of all the binges (eaten and drunk) that we stick at these parties, we would get the Walking Dead face as soon as the double blue check of WhatsApp changes. And this is what happens to your body in the face of so much excess.
1. You double the calories
The calorie requirement of each person depends on several factors (the energy they need, if they exercise, their age, gender and physical condition…). "The human body needs an average of 2,500 calories a day and consumes 5,000 these days, as it adds a series of accessory elements to its menus: canapes, starters, appetizers, fatty desserts and, above all, alcohol", explains Ata Pouramini, a health advisor, chiropractor and nutritionist from Oxford Brooks University.
2. You feel bad
After a Christmas treat, general malaise, diarrhea, headache, a feeling of heaviness, heartburn and even vomiting can occur. Such a scenario is usually transitory and symptoms easily reverse. In reality it is not just the amount of food eaten, but the lack of habit of the digestive system.
An uncontrolled Christmas can add 2-4 kilos or even more to the scale. “It is not only the large meals and alcohol that make us fat. Also the holidays, in which we usually leave the gym or sports, and the emotional stress that these holidays produce for many people, and that is sometimes compensated with food, "says Pouramini.
4. You abandon yourself to fats (which are the worst)
You do not turn purple from vegetables or fruit, obviously. “They are fast and uncontrolled bingeing on foods rich in calories: fat, alcohol, carbohydrates. Generally speaking, a gram of fat provides 9 kc, a gram of carbohydrate (sugars and desserts) has 4 kc and a gram of alcohol 7 kc. So the excess combination of all of them, but especially fats, are responsible for weight gain”, warns Dr. Asunción Cascante, a nutrition specialist on the medical team of Dr. Ángel Juárez from the Hospital de la Zarzuela.
5. And you don't fix anything by fasting the next day
“After the Christmas holidays I advise: pay close attention to what you eat, eliminate fat (remember that industrial pastries have saturated fat), increase your intake of fruit, vegetables and protein (meat, fish, eggs, and chicken). Try to eat five meals a day and walk 30 minutes a day. And a daily water consumption of a minimum of one and a half liters. This is more sensible and effective than doing a prolonged fast,” concludes Dr. Cascante.