Most Australians can relate to increasing the link on their belt buckle when the New Year rolls around. On average Australians gain 0.8-1.5kg over the Christmas period. For many of us a change in routine and a few more social activities can sometimes throw a spanner in the works when it comes to balanced eating.
Why not make this year the year that you don’t have to ask for a larger belt in your Christmas stocking? Try the tips below to help you avoid gaining weight over the holiday season.
Eat before you head out: arriving at a party feeling starving usually doesn’t end well. Try and eat a small nutritious snack before you leave home.
1. Watch your portion sizes
When the buffet table is overflowing, it can be easy to pile your plate higher than you would at home. Aim to fill your plate with lots of veggies, a lean source of protein and a low GI carbohydrate. Serve healthy snacks such as carrot, celery, capsicum or cucumber sticks, served with guacamole, salsa or a hummus dip instead of bowls of chips.
2. Include fruit and vegetables
Whatever style of meal you choose for Christmas and/or social functions, vegetables and fruits make a great accompaniment, and can be served in a host of creative ways.
3. Drink in moderation
Regularly consuming alcohol, in large amounts, during the silly season can contribute to unwanted weight gain and is often consumed in place of nutrient rich foods. Choose drinks wisely and in moderation.
4. Stay active
Remember to include at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day
Other great posts to help you navigating the party season
- 7 Ways to Enjoy the Party and Stay Healthy
- 3 Simple Tactics To Stay Healthy; Enjoy The Christmas Festivities At The Same Time