Slim Down Naturally After Christmas
December 17, 2013
By Tiffaney Nish, ANutr
Slim Down Naturally After Christmas
The festive season can be a hectic, and even stressful time of year, and all that yummy food and good times can make us a little more relaxed about what we choose to eat and drink.

If "moderation" is not one of your strong points, and you are prone to overindulging around Christmas and New Year's, there are sensible ways to get back on track once the silly season is over!

1. Clean up the pantry and fridge after Christmas

A pantry and fridge full of "naughty" foods is not going to help you feel nice about yourself if you have overindulged over Christmas. Box up, donate, or put non-staple food items out of sight, or finish up the Christmas leftovers so you are ready to start fresh with a fridge and cupboard full of healthy stock!

2. Keep it whole to keep it healthy these holidays

Avoiding packaged foods which are often high in sugar, bad fats, salt and other undesirables make it harder to eat sufficient wholefoods which are essential to healthy weight management. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats/eggs, lentils and dairy are rich in vitamins and minerals, providing adequate nutrition to the body so it can function optimally, particularly after the Christmas period.

3. Eat for your needs after the festive feast
  • 5 servings of veg - check!
  • 2 servings of fruit - check!
  • 3 servings of dairy or alternative - check!
  • Sufficient protein - check!
  • Minimum 25g fibre - check!
The average person who sits for 4 or more hours a day (yes, your job contributes to this), does not need 4-6 servings of cereals or grains per day. They are more often than not richer in energy than nutrition, and if you cannot utilise this energy you will store it as fat. Fibre and protein-rich foods on the other hand take longer to digest, keeping you fuller for longer but still allowing your metabolism to function normally.

4. Move it to lose it to slim down after Christmas

Even though weight loss is 80% food and only 20% movement, physical activity is needed to boost metabolism, maintain lean muscle mass, utilise excess blood sugar and body fat, as well as improve our mood and sleep. Stop thinking of it as "exercise" and more of an opportunity to move, which you will need to do after the Christmas feasts. Around 10,000 steps a day, or three 10-minute bouts of activity are just as effective as a single, 1 hour gym session

5. Supplements can also be beneficial after the silly season

Supplements may be of benefit if you can identify an area of weakness making it hard for you to manage your weight after Christmas.
  • Chromium and green coffee bean extract may help with blood sugar balance to better control sugar and carbohydrate cravings. Cinnamon and Gymnema herbs are also known to have a similar action
  • Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) has reported appetite suppressing qualities
  • Green Tea Extract can have thermogenic qualities as well as being a potent antioxidant
  • Protein shakes can be good if you do not have time for breakfast, find it difficult to bring lunch to work, or are prone to carb-rich snacks
Be cautious of "Fat burners" as they are high in caffeine which can cause headaches, sleeplessness and even heart palpitations, and having to take 6 tablets a day is not cost effective.

Tiffaney Nish, ANutr, graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Exercise Science) from Deakin University after studying Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College, and has worked for Healthy Life, the YMCA and Belgravia Leisure. When she's not inspiring good health through health coaching and group fitness classes, you'll find her in the kitchen whipping up delicious, healthy, and often raw sweet treats! You can contact Tiffaney at tiffaneynish@gmail.com.
"If "moderation" is not one of your strong points, try these sensible ways to get back on track once the silly season is over."