Amir Khan: Christmas dinner is a lot healthier than Eid

Christmas dinner may be a blow-out for most people, but world boxing champion Amir Khan reckons it’s got nothing on the other big festival in his year – Eid.

Khan says Christmas dinner is a lot healthier than the celebration of the Muslim festival of Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

The British light-welterweight champion says Christmas is all about lean protein and vegetables, but Eid is a massive feast, which for his family means a lot of Pakistani curries.

“For Christmas we get a big turkey, the family comes over, the friends come over,” he says in an exclusive video with FUEL.

“It’s a little bit healthier because there’s a lot of vegetables, a little bit of rice, a little bit of pasta with the turkey. It’s a lot healthier than probably Eid.

“It’s all Pakistani food on Eid. It’s very hot, spicy, very oily, very greasy. Tastes nice though, don’t get me wrong.
“Then afterwards you feel like: ‘Why did I eat all of this?’ For the next week you have to be in the gym every day. It is quite heavy and fattening.”

And the fighter, who won an Olympic silver medal at the 2004 games in Athens, says he is often asked how people can avoid piling on the pounds.

He said: “There are a lot of people who probably don’t train and just keep eating, eating, eating and they do put weight on.

“They always cry to me saying: ‘Amir, how do I lose this weight?’

“The first thing that comes to my mind is stop eating, cut down on what you’re eating or eat healthy food. But I don’t tell them that.

“I tell them to hit the gym, do a bike class or circuit session and I’m sure you’ll lose those pounds. I’m very nice. I don’t like to put people down.”