On average, Australian’s will put on 3kg over the Christmas/New Year period.  And it’s no wonder why.  All of that overindulging on our Christmas favourites, lazy days, parties and relaxing time, the normal routine’s go out the window.

Holidays and special celebrations are a wonderful time to bring people together and food is often a focal point.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Christmas and the extra treats that goes along with it.  It all comes back to balance.

It’s also important to keep in mind that these few extra kilo’s can be easily removed when things get back to normal.  With the day to day running around, working, back to normal eating and exercising routines, you can shed these extra Christmas kilo’s easily.

We’ve put together some tips to help you minimise weight gain over Christmas and into the new year.

  1. Stick to a portion plate – When eating out, order extra vegetables or salad
  2. Keep active
  3. Meal Prep – Get organised on a night you have no plans and keep your food in the fridge or freezer when you need it.
  4. Keep snacks on handThis can get you out of trouble when you’ve been tied up at work or stayed longer than anticipated at an afternoon work catch up.
  5. Eat before finger food events – Eating something before you go to such an event so you can politely decline anything too fatty or fried.
  6. Don’t go to a party hungry – Try having a small snack before you go to avoid overindulging. 
  7. Keep your alcohol intake minimalGive yourself a drinks limit for events, which will help your weight over the Christmas period. Add water between alcoholic drinks.
  8. Don’t be a food fly – If there is a snack table, put a small selection of treats on a plate and then go and sit down. Hanging around the table means we are more likely to graze and eat more.
  9. Make memories at mealtimes – Slow down your eating! Stop and have a laugh with people at the table.

 If you would like more advice on healthy eating or dietary information contact us to find out how our friendly, accredited dieticians can help you.  [email protected]