Most people would agree that food is one of the best aspects of Christmas but when it comes to eating well it could also be the worst.
According to Nutrition Australia on average Australians gain 0.8-1.5kg over the Christmas period. One to two kilograms might not sound like much but researchers have identified that weight gained over the holiday period is rarely lost.
Try the tips below to enjoy this silly season without the weighty regrets.
- Avoid going hungry to parties.
Eat something light before the party to reduce your chances of snacking on high calorie party food.
- Alternate your drinks.
Alternate one alcoholic drink with one non-alcoholic drink, such as water.
- Watch your portion sizes.
If your willpower is weak and you know you will want to finish everything in front of you, use an entrée plate instead of a dinner plate, that way you are sure to eat less.
- Cut 500kcal from your traditional Christmas dinner without sacrificing the taste, some suggestions include:
Stop: 100g of butter-basted turkey, with the skin on, has 146kcal, 4.9g fat (2g saturates).
Swap: 100g of skinless turkey has 104kcal, 2g fat (0.2g saturates).
Calorie saving: 42kcal.
Stop: 100g of sausage meat stuffing has 252kcal, 16g fat (7g saturates).
Swap: 100g of cranberry, orange and roast chestnut stuffing has 162kcal, 0.8g fat (0.1g saturates).
Calorie saving: 90kcal.
Stop: 100g of potatoes roasted in oil have 149kcal, 4.5g fat (0.5g saturates).
Swap: 100g of baked potato has 109kcal, 0.1g fat (0g saturates).
Calorie saving: 40kcal.
Stop: one teaspoon (5g) of butter adds 37kcal, 4.1g fat (2.8g saturates).
Swap: use chopped fresh herbs or lemon zest to add flavour. They have almost no calories.
Calorie saving: 37kcal.
Stop: 1tbsp (15g) of brandy butter has 81kcal, 5.8g fat (3.9g saturates). 2tbsp (30g) of double cream has 133kcal, 14.2g fat (8.9g saturates).
Swap: 3tbsp (45g) of low-fat custard has 27kcal, 0.6g fat (0.54g saturates). 2tbsp (30g) of 0% fat Greek yoghurt has 16kcal, 0g fat.
Calorie saving: 117kcal.