With Christmas just around the corner and the many eating (and drinking) occasions that accompany it, you have probably started to think about the few extra kilograms that generally come with this period. On average, Australians gain 0.8 – 1.5kg over Christmas time; and it’s not often easy to shift the excess weight once the New Year rolls around. So, what can you do to beat the Christmas bulge? Mid North Coast Physio’s Accredited Dietitian Katie Drury reveals her top tips to eat healthy while still enjoying the Christmas festivities.
Why is it important to remember nutrition over the festive season?
Research has shown that weight gain over the holidays usually occurs around the mid-section; and while a few kilograms may seem quite harmless and easily reversible, unfortunately the reality is this weight is not often lost. Carrying weight around your mid-section is associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as increasing the load on your lower back which can cause or worsen existing back pain. Through implementing a few key strategies, you can decrease your risk of developing chronic lifestyle diseases and still enjoy the yummy foods that are available at this time of year.
What are some strategies that can be used to make Christmas eating healthier?
Who can benefit from seeking help from a Dietitian before and after the festive season?
If you are someone who finds that you do so well with your weight loss goal throughout the year, then by the time it gets to the New Year you must start all over again as you’ve regained all or most of the weight you had lost. In this sort of case you often require more support and motivation to get you through the festive season, as well as education about healthier choices to make. In addition, through developing the skill of mindful eating and portion control, you will often find it much easier to continue your weight loss throughout the year.
If you would like to find out more about how a Dietitian can help you, call 1300 273747 to request a FREE pre-assessment appointment with Katie. These appointments are strictly limited so call now to ensure you avoid the extra kilos in 2019.
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