Warning over holiday calorie intake

Brits indulge in double their calorie intake on their first day away

Brits enjoying all-inclusive holidays eat twice as much of the recommended daily intake of calories in their first day away, according to new research.

The CheapHolidayLand.com study shows UK holidaymakers tuck into the food and drink on offer during the first 24 hours and consume 5,756 calories on average.

That’s well over double the 2,500 and 2,000 calories recommended by the NHS for men and women respectively and more than enough to provide them with the energy they would need to run two marathons back to back.

A first-day breakfast of cereal, full English, orange juice, tea or coffee gives people 1,117 calories and when they start on the booze they add a further 240 calories per drink before lunch.

Because holidaymakers see everything as free rather than already paid for many Brits over-indulge on the first day, enjoying cooked lunches and three or four helpings of buffet dinners, the poll suggests.

Dinner alone tends to amount to at least 2,000 calories on the first day, while another 1,418 are consumed in alcoholic drinks.

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