Locals are being reminded to make wise food and drink choices throughout their Christmas breaks to avoid the kilo creep.
Recent research from the Dieticians Association of Australia (DAA) has shown weight gain over the festive season is a major contributor to excess yearly weight gain.
Local personal trainer Dior Andrews suggests if families are having a hot lunch this Christmas to cook the meat well without an overload of oil or butter and to steer clear of breads and pastries.
“For dessert, people could look up recipes for healthier options and get creative with fruit and yoghurt,” she said.
For children a fruit platter could be cut into shapes and have a wide range of colours to make the platter exciting and appealing to the kids.
Ms Andrews also reminds people, the festive season does not stretch across two months, and weight can easily be gained during that time.
“Have one or two days here and there, but you don’t want to wreck all of your year’s hard work,” she said.
For those who are on holidays away from access to a gym, Ms Andrews suggests a daily exercise routine of push ups, dips, squats and lunges.
The DAA encourage people to drink smarter over Christmas and aim for two glasses of low joule non-alcoholic drinks to every alcoholic drink.
If you swap a glass of sparkling wine for sparking water with a squeeze of lemon, you will save 470KJ.
Accredited dietician Lauren McGuckin said the extra kiols are so much harder to get off than they are to put on.
“So the trick is to avoid gaining weight in the first place,” she said.
EXERCISE: Local personal trainer Dior Andrews is encouraging people to stay active during their Christmas breaks.
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