Beat the Christmas Bulge


Everyone enjoys a little overindulgence over the Christmas period but how can you avoid the dreaded weight gain?

On average Australians gain around 1 – 1.5 kg over the Christmas period. While this gain may not seem like much, the weight that is gained is rarely lost, adding to our already increasing waistline.

So instead of asking Santa for a larger belt in your Christmas stocking, why not try our tips to avoid the weight gain this festive season.

Avoid going hungry to parties

Eat something light before the party to reduce your chances of snacking on high calorie party food like chips and dips, mini quiches and party sausage rolls. Try having a small tub of yoghurt, a bowl of cereal or cheese and tomato on rice cakes.

Eating just because food is offered

Even though there is plenty of food on the table, you do not have to eat it. This is the time you really have to exercise your power muscle and put that mindfulness cap on. Tune into your body’s hunger cues and check if you are actually hungry or are you still full from the last thing you ate? Ask yourself if you really do feel like eating. If, however, your will power is weak and you know you will want to try everything, use an entrée plate instead. That way you are sure to eat less.

Crowd your plate with healthy foods

Choose one ‘naughty’ item to put on your plate, then crowd it with vegetables. Think roasted or sautéed veggies or any kind of salad. This way you are not missing out on a treat but rather focusing on what healthy things can you include that’ll keep you feeling full.

Keep tabs at the bar

No one is asking you to be teetotaller but a few trade offs can make the difference. If you’re having a wine or two with dinner, consider saying no to another optional extra like bread, hot chips or dessert. Keep a tally of your drinks and choose spritzers or sparkling water between each drink.

Monitor your weight

It may sound harsh, but the simple act of checking your weight once or twice a week during the festive season may be all you need to stop your weight creeping upwards. This way, as soon as you see the scales start to creep up, you can cut back rather than having to do the hard yards after Christmas.

At the end of the day, be sure to enjoy yourself. Christmas is a time to spend with family and friends and food can certainly add to its enjoyment. But remember Christmas is one day not a four-week binge into the New Year.

Tell us about your dieting experience in the comments, or book an appointment with us today and let's discuss your goals!

Solutions With Food

SummerRuth Burton