Posted by Nicole Frain in Motivation
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On average, Australians gain 0.8kg to 1.5kg over this period and researchers have found that more often than not, this weight isn’t lost. What this means is overtime, with each holiday period that goes by, we continue to gain this amount and therefore our weight gradually increases.
It is certainly not anything new to us that weight gain is gradual over a period of time, and doesn’t just happen from that one big Christmas lunch. Instead it occurs over the two to three week or sometimes longer festive and summer period that involves a breaking of the standard routine.
Really, it’s not surprising that this time of year is the time that we get caught up. With socializing, break up gatherings, drinks, BBQs and time off work things such as greater alcohol consumption, less frequent standardized meals, more snacking and less motivation for a daily routine of exercise are all common occurrences for many people over this period.
All of this information doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t enjoy ourselves! With plenty of the summer period left, plenty more BBQs, Australia Day and other events still to come, it’s about making those mindful choices, getting back into that routine and being happy.
Firstly, we need to assess whether we actually have anything to worry about! You know your own body and can tell if you’ve gained a few kilograms. The best indication for me is how my clothes fit.
Allow your body a week post festivities to settle down, increase your water intake to prevent bloating and make some good, routine choices to your day before you do an overall assessment. Weigh yourself, try on some clothes and then let’s start.
It can be tough. The first week back at work can be a grind remembering your routine and dragging yourself out of bed to an alarm you haven’t had to listen to for up to two weeks.
So on top of getting back into healthier eating, meeting your fitness needs and managing your fragile state of mind, start making some better choices as you go along throughout the year. That way it’s not all a complete shock to the system when the New Year starts again for you.