Christmas Choc-fest!

If you are settling down to some time out after all the madness of the past few weeks to watch the big movie, beware of yet another Yuletide danger – the Tin of Chocolates!! I’ll bet that even with all that calorie-counting you haven’t allowed for those handfuls of Cadbury’s Roses from the tin that we don’t even realize we’re eating, and those little bars from the selection box. And we wonder how we managed to put on those extra couple of pounds despite our meticulous planning!

It’s these little pitfalls that can catch us out at Christmas and cause the pounds to creep on, and no matter how many roast potatoes we refuse at dinner, we can still undo all that good work with just a few little choccies during the Eastenders special.

Well next time you reach for the tin of Quality Street or Celebrations, just think that a handful (four or five sweets) will add up to about 200 calories and 11 grams of fat. So if you keep dipping into the tin throughout that film you won’t be long fulfilling your calorie and fat requirements for the whole day – all in a few mouthfuls of chocolate, nuts and caramel.

And as for the selection boxes - well, whoever invented those should have thought again! They put skinny little bars into a big bag so we feel like we can eat two or three at a time without doing too much damage. If you think about it though, you’d never go into a shop and buy four or five bars of chocolate to eat all in the same day, would you? But when they are there in the form of a selection box, it’s quite easy to scoff the lot!

Take a Cadbury’s selection box for example. The smallest one has a Fudge bar, a Wildlife bar, a packet of Buttons, a Shush bar and a snack sized Crunchie. I would quite happily polish off three of those bars with a cup of tea, never thinking that it added up to around 350 calories and 15 grams of fat! The whole lot adds up to a massive 645 calories and almost 30 grams of fat – that’s the same as a Big Mac Meal from McDonald’s and how guilty would you feel after eating that whereas you don’t even notice that you’ve eaten an entire selection box!

So just remember how all those little ‘treats’ can add up at Christmas time. The best way to avoid temptation is not to have the tin of sweets sitting near you when you’re watching TV and if you are given any selection boxes, give them away to kids! The New Year is nearly here so don’t fall into the last of the December Diet Traps!

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