It is that time of the year where we get busy socialising, going to Christmas events, New Years celebrations, it’s a time where celebrating can revolve around food and drinking.
Most Australians can relate to increase in their waist line when the New Year rolls around, on average Australians gain 1-2kg over the Christmas period. One to two kilograms might not sound like much but research has shown that weight gained over the holiday period is rarely lost. Weight gained during holiday seasons usually occurs around the waistline, weight gain in this area is associated with an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It’s the time of year when it’s so easy to indulge – a mince pie, a glass of wine, a handful of chocolates.
Being on plan during this time can seem daunting but the best advise is to adjust your mindset, if you are attending social events over the next month set yourself up to attend with a positive attitude, if you are negative and convinced you are missing out, you may just do that. Choose to have a positive attitude with perspective and focus. Rather than focusing on what you can’t have, remember to focus on your goals, enjoy spending time with family and friends, take time before each event to get you into a positive mindset to make good choices.
Here are some foods to enjoy or avoid:
Avoiding alcohol whilst on plan is preferable, drinking alcohol (1 or 2 standard drinks a day) may add to the enjoyment of your festive events, but over-consuming alcohol can lead to weight gain.
If you choose to drink (please discuss with your consultant first):