PILING on the pounds at Christmas is a pitfall to which many of us fall victim to but health experts say there are ways to avoid the traps and limit your calorie consumption.
Bundaberg doctor Daud Yunus said a little planning to come up with a strategy could save you a lot of time and energy in the long run.
"This time of the year people are attending a lot of functions where food is served," he said.
"Taking the time a week in advance to recognise which events may have food available and taking measures to combat eating extra is a good idea.
"Only have a small meal before you go if you think food may be served."
Dr Yunus said a little bit of restraint could also go a long way.
"Just because food is available it doesn't mean you have to eat it," he said.
Dietician Fiona Graham said alcohol consumption over the festive season tended to increase and often people weren't aware just how many calories it contained.
"Just two nips of spirits takes an hour to work off," she said.
Ms Graham suggested taking healthy alternatives such as low-fat dips and vegetables or fruit platters to parties so you always know there will be something healthy to eat.
"A something like a bowl of cherries is very indulgent and looks fantastic," she said.
Low-fat cookbook author Annette Sym also warned that over-indulging at Christmas could end up being the gift that keeps on giving.
"With all the family functions, parties, extra food and drinks, it's easy to put on several kilos over the holidays without even realising it," she said.
"The average person can consume as much as 150 grams of fat on Christmas day alone, which is almost three times the recommended daily intake."
Ms Sym said the best way to avoid Christmas kilo creep was to have a plan of attack.
- Don't go to parties hungry
- Watch your portion sizes
- Limit alcohol
- Get moving
- Always eat a healthy breakfast
- Start a food diary
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