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Those Christmas Specials Have HOW Many Calories?

Tis the season for fun, frolicking and feasting – finally!

The shops are stocked with Mince Pies. The high street coffee houses are pushing their festive, sugar laden speciality drinks (delish). Trees and treats are gracing the homes of the nation, and everywhere gym fans are making the most of it.

Quite rightly too for after a year of hard graft in the gym, now is the time for a little leeway when it comes to your clean and lean diet, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

The thing is, there’s still a little way to go before the main event itself on December 25th, and while letting your hair down is only to be expected, one ought to be careful not to blow all of your hard work out of the water.

What are we talking about? We’re talking Christmas temptation. Not on the day, but in the run up to the day.

Christmas temptation is EVERYWHERE at the moment. Sneaky boxes of chocolates, boozy parties, advent calendars, you name it, it’s all there to whisk you off the path of your healthy lifestyle.

This is especially true for your favourite high street haunts, as they have created entire Christmas menus to lure you in on the chilly December days to warm the cockles of your heart with delicious food.

Now we know what you’re thinking, one gingerbread man isn’t going to ruin a whole year of fitness, but many of these treats have been available for weeks now, up to 8 weeks to be exact.

So we ask you this, do you know how many calories are in your favourite high street nibble?

We bet you’ll be surprised…

Marks & Spencer’s Intensely Fruity Christmas pudding

This bad boy pudding clocks in with 357 calories per serving, and don’t get us started on the macro breakdown (pretty much all fat (and not the good kind) and carbs).

So if you were to gobble down 8 portions of this tasty, fruity delight, you will have added a whopping 2856 calories to your diet in the run up the big day.

Starbucks Strawberry Flavour Candy Cane

Candy Canes and Christmas are like two peas in a pod.  For starters they can make your Christmas tree look super festive.  Secondly they taste amazing.

But just one Candy Cane contains 111 calories predominately from refined sugar. Munch 8 of these and you will have added 888 sugar-laden calories to your diet.

Costa Coffee All Butter Mince Pie

First of all – YAM YAM!  Who doesn’t love a classic Mince Pie at this time of year, and we must say this All Butter creation truly is a delight.

However, it’s a single serving delight that contains an incredible 390 calories so if you ate one a week for 8 weeks before Christmas, you’ll munch an easy 3120 calories.

Pret A Manger Christmas Tiffin

It’s chocolaty, it’s biscuit-y, and it’s DELICIOUS. But it also clocks in with a mammoth 410 calories per serving – WHAT?

That’s 3280 calories if you ate one a week during the 8 week build up to your festive feast.

Starbucks Chocolate Coin

Yet another Christmas classic being dished out by the high street chain this season, but just one serving of this cracking stocking filler and you’ll chow down 120 calories in sugar and fat.

That’s 960 extra calories if you gobbled 8!

EAT Pigs In Blankets Pot

EAT sort of give off this vibe that they’re the “healthier” high street chain, but just one serving of this tasty pot will add B to your daily diet.

That’s 1896 calories for 8.

Costa Coffee Rudolph Mini Cake

Well now, it simply wouldn’t be Christmas without a Rudolph themed treat, would it? But this treat is definitely on the naughty list coming in with an almighty 487 calories per serving.

Enjoy one per week during the 8-week build up and you will add 3896 calories to your diet all before you sit down to gobble that Turkey.

Pret A Manger Gingerbread Man

He may look cheery and taste delish, but Mr Gingerbread man contains 201 calories per serving.

Not too bad for a once in a blue moon treat, but one a week for 8-weeks will add 1608 calories to your festive total.

So while one of these treats may not do a lot of damage, imagine if you ate 8 during the 8-week lead to Christmas!

At the end of the day, just because it’s the festive period and these nibble taste delicious, it’s always important to keep a wee eye on what you’re eating during the run up to the big day.

Otherwise, the New Year will roll around and you’ll feel like you’re starting from scratch again on your health and fitness journey, which, quite frankly, would suck.

Of course, all bets are off on the day itself. Trust us, here at Muscle Food HQ, we’ll be going all out…

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