Survive the Silly Season - Avoid the Weight Gain!

So we are well into the Christmas and New Year holiday season, with more social events filling up our dairies or maybe planned vacations to finally let your hair down you most likely will find yourself surrounded by MORE food and drinks and MORE often. Resist the temptation to over indulge and set back all your good nutrition and exercise efforts over 2016. Here are some hot tips to start 2017 ahead of the game.

1.    EXERCISE- One of the easiest ways to help keep your weight down is to counteract your energy in (food and drink) with your energy out (exercise). Try new things to keep active, organize family outdoor activities or games, go for a walk with friends rather than coffee and cake. Whatever it is, commit to one hour of physical activity every day (minimum 30minutes). Yes, even Christmas Day!

2.    Planning: Fail to prepare- prepare to fail.

2.1  Keep regular meal times: Just because you know there’s going to be extra food on offer at meals don’t skip meals in the lead up. This will likely leave you feeling hungry and overeating on unhealthy foods. Keeping regular meal and snack times will also prevent constant grazing. Really try to plan your meals around your daily schedule and any social events so you are adequately fuelled and also not starving finding yourself at the cheese platter.

2.2 Plan your shopping list will help you avoid stocking up on unhealthy treats just ‘because they were on sale’. If it is in your shopping basket or house then it is eventually in your stomach… and therefore stored as fat if not used up as energy!

3.    Choose foods wisely – At meal times fill up on fresh seasonal salads, vegetables and lean meats. Make use of the gorgeous summer fruits available. Limit stuffings, gravies and fatty cuts of meat. Pick your treat foods you really enjoy rather than nibbling on stale chips or cheap chocolates....hold out and enjoy that piece of Christmas pudding!!!!

 

 

4. What are you drinking? – Alcohol and sugary drinks can pack a punch with calories. Did you know that if you were to drink 10 standard glasses of wine (150ml each) you would be consuming over 3350kJ or 800 calories!! This is the same amount of energy as 7 ½ slices of meat lovers pizza!!  Watch your alcohol intake by switching in some non-calorific drinks such as soda water with fresh lemon or lime.  Not only will this keep your calorie count down for the day but will also help to keep you hydrated!

5. Relax and Enjoy – Eat slowly, enjoy and savour every mouthful of your favourite foods. Ditch the food guilt, don’t dwell on a bad meal and don’t let a bad day turn into a bad week. Take time out for yourself, relax and enjoy the time with family and friends. 

How to burn 100 calories quickly?  Just do:

  • 40 Jumping Jacks  + 30 Sit Ups + 20 Squats or Sit-to-Stands  and 10 Push Ups

▪    Riding a bike (Casual riding) for 25 minutes

▪    Swimming (moderate intensity) for 15 minutes

▪    Running at 10km/hr for 9 minutes

▪    Playing Frisbee for 30 minutes

▪    Mowing the lawn for 20 minutes

▪    Washing the car for 20 minutes

▪    Spend 20 minutes playing a dance video game

▪    Playing with children 23 minutes

▪    Shopping for 38 minutes

▪    Walking the dog 26 minutes

▪    Take the stairs- spend 14 minutes walking up stairs

▪    Easiest way to burn off 100 calories? Don't eat them at all- skip the unnecessary lollies or chocolates on offer over the silly season

Challenge yourself to burn an extra 100 calories per day on top of your normal exercise regime this silly season!

From all of us at Eat Smart Nutrition we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We look forward to seeing you in 2017 to help you achieve your nutrition goals.

Written by our Eat Smart #sportsdietitians, Zara Nance.

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