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Staying healthy at Christmas; Tip #3

Christmas can actually be a good time of year to maintain a healthy weight.  Why? If you have family and friends with you, tell them all about about your goals.  You never know, they might even join you!  Mobile Rehab is providing a series of tips in the lead up to the festive season.  The aim is to help you set good habits and carry them through to the new year.

Tip #3 – Maintain a healthy weight 

Maintaining a healthy weight for your frame is a great way to look after your long term and your current health.  A drastic change in weight, whether this is an increase or decrease can equally have a physiological effect on your overall health. Here are our top tips for maintaining a healthy weight over the Christmas period:

Christmas tips:

  • Limit alcohol intake to 1-2 standard drinks per occasion (calories can quickly add up from each glass of wine or bubbles)
  • Put vegetables and salad on your plate first
  • Make fruit based desserts and use less cream
  • Trim the fat off your Christmas ham and discard the skin of roast turkey or chicken

Other dietary tips:

  • Know your nutritional needs; do you know how much protein , fat and carbohydrates you should be eating daily?
  • Once you know your nutritional needs, make sure you have and maintain an adequate diet daily.  This means changing your intake according to your activity level.
  • Drink lots of water! You may think you are hungry – but you may be thirsty.  Before reaching for another biscuit with your cuppa, have a drink of water.

Other exercise tips:

  • Mix up what activity you do in your program so you stay engaged and interested.
  • Set a time to exercise that suits you and stick to it.  This helps it become a habit as it is a part of your daily routine. Tell your family and friends your plans, and invite them to join you!
  • Exercise with friends is not only fun, but it helps you stay motivated and accountable to your program.  (Socialising is also proven to be great for your mental health!)
  • If you have family visiting, take your grandchildren for a walk in the early morning or in the evening to avoid the heat of the day.

If you would like support with weight management, a Mobile Rehab accredited dietitian can assist you.  For more information, call Mobile Rehab on 1300 363 483

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