It’s already that time of year where many of us are starting to struggle with the temptations that come along with the Christmas party season! This is what Christina Dallis, our favourite dietician, has to say –
If you consider that an extra couple of glasses of wine a day will leave you with an extra 1kg of body weight over the course of a month, it is not difficult to understand how Christmas cheer can really pile on the kilos! If we are going to prevent weight gain over the next 4-5 weeks, we need to get on top of things, so here are a few tips:
Avoid the “all or nothing” attitude to dieting – Rather than mentally writing off the next month in terms of your food intake and exercise patterns, change your way of thinking. Enjoy good quality indulgences in controlled portions but also balance them with lighter, Summer foods such as salads, fresh fruits and seafood.
Don’t skip training! – In fact, if you can you should be aiming to move more to compensate for the extra calories you will be consuming.
Snack before you go – Always eat a protein-rich snack before you go to scheduled social events. This will ensure you do not arrive at any function starving, giving you more control to resist the temptations on offer.
- Protein shake + piece of fruit
- Low fat cheese + wholegrain crispbreads
- Low fat yoghurt
- Boiled egg + small handful of nuts
Set an alcohol limit – It may be that you choose to limit alcohol to only weekends or special Christmas occasions only, either way create your own rule regarding alcohol and stick to it.
Save Christmas foods for Christmas Day! – This means all the extra chocolates, nuts, Christmas mince pies and other Christmas foods are to be kept for Christmas Day only. Get rid of the left overs on Boxing Day.
The difference between whether you gain weight or not during this holiday period is whether you consider the holidays as an opportunity or as an excuse!
Thanks Christina! If anyone would like further advice from Christina, visit her website and contact her directly. http://www.shapenutrition.com.au/