We are now in full swing of the party season and school holidays have almost begun! According to Nutrition Australia, the average Aussie will gain 0.8 – 1.5kg over the holidays. Doesn’t really sound like that much but it’s definitely enough to make the pants feel tighter and for some this may be hard to shift down the track. Now I am all for a good party and a bit of overindulging here and there, so here are my tips for avoiding extra fat storage over the holidays!
- Identify your main vices.
What is your No. 1 weakness? Be honest with yourself, what do you think you will be consuming more of over the holiday period? Chocolate, cakes, alcohol, crackers, takeaway? Could be all of the above! Know yourself and what things you are most likely to consume more of and be mindful of not going to crazy! You can’t eat cake and treats daily, you will gain weight from this!
Plan ahead when going to parties, make sure you are not turning up starving! Eat an apple or a carrot prior to attending. The fibre content will fill the tummy and you will be less likely to go overboard on snacking.
Vodka, lime and soda. We have all heard this many times before. Yes, this has a lot less calories than beer, wine or cocktails. My big advice with alcohol is be aware that when you have a few or too many you are MORE likely to eat things that are calorie heavy, that evening and into the next day. There is no doubt about it, you are not waking up craving a bowl of muesli and yogurt the next day, more likely a very greasy fry up or Asian takeaway, burgers and fries etc. Daily consumption of alcohol will also lead to weight gain, aim for 2 to 3 booze free days a week and be mindful of health guidelines http://www.alcohol.gov.au/internet/alcohol/publishing.nsf/Content/36E6FEE732C8DF1BCA25767200769CD8/$File/adult.pdf
Living in Australia and enjoying a summer Christmas we have all the benefits of having plenty of fresh food for our enjoyment. Opt for eating seafood and salads, make cheese platters with fresh cucumber, capsicums, carrot to snack on. Avoid the trap of buying ‘party’ style food, sausage rolls, pastries, dips, crackers, these will certainly blow out the calories. Keep it simple with plates of cheese, olives, vegetables, nuts and fruit. You will be surprised at how filling this is and how much better you will feel from it.
Most importantly, keep moving. Not just to avoid weight gain but to keep routine going and keep your muscles strong. You don’t want to stop completely, come back to exercise in January and find it all too hard! Exercise should be part of EVERY week, that can just be a simple as a walk or including a few lunges, squats and pushups into your routine.