EASTER Sunday may have been and gone, but there's still signs of it all around.
From large chocolate eggs, to mini eggs and individually wrapped treats, if it's anything like ours, your house is probably resembling something close to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
But while your kitchen may currently look like any child's dream, for an adult on a diet, it's likely the stuff of nightmares.
Well, lucky for you, nutritionist Susie Burrell comes bearing good news.
Speaking to news.com.au, she noted that you can tuck into your Easter chocolate and still lose weight – as long as you enjoy a controlled portion of chocolate as part of your regular daily calorie intake.
Here's her simple steps to ensure you can still enjoy your Easter treats while achieving your weight loss goals.
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PROTEIN RICH BREAKFAST
The expert notes that fuelling yourself with 20g of protein first thing in the morning is a great to way to help control your calorie intake throughout the day.
She also says that having a calorie intake of around 300 at breakfast – such as a vegetable omelette or Greek yoghurt and berries – will leave you with enough calories to eat some chocolate later on.
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DITCH THE SNACKS
With so many Easter treats to tuck into, there's no need to eat as frequently as normal, Susie points out.
Instead, she says to eat your three main meals a day and cut out the snacking inbetween.
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"Not only are you likely to feel hungrier for meals and enjoy a substantial meal but it also pulls out 300-400 calories each day you can spend on your chocolate treats," Susie explains.
SAY YES TO SALADS
To ensure your calorie intake is under control, the nutritionist suggests having two 300 calorie meals a day.
She highlights how this would ideally be a salad for lunch which includes lots of lean protein, such as chicken breast, prawns or tuna.
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DON'T FORGET TO MOVE
The bank holiday means you've got more time to move, so there really is no excuse of laziness.
Susie continues: "Schedule in at least one walk each day over the Easter break or monitor your total daily steps with the goal of reaching at least 10000-12000 per day."
She notes that this equates to around 40-60 minutes of walking and an average 400-600 extra calorie burn each day.
CONTROL YOUR CHOCOLATE INTAKE
Susie says that as long as you've followed her simple steps, which include keeping your calories under control for two meals per day, along with burning off some more thanks to exercise, then you've got 300 calories to play with when it comes to Easter treats.
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However, it may surprise you to hear that this is equal to just half a small 100g bunny, five to seven mini eggs, two Cadbury Crème eggs or three to four small chocolates.
As you've probably heard before, it really is all about portion control.
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