Losing the Christmas Bulge

Each New Year brings with it the promise of change and the hope of better things to come. Imagine starting the New Year though almost 2 kg heavier than in December! For many this is exactly the challenge which is faced with the average Australian gaining 0.8 to 1.5 Kg over the Christmas New year season. Much of the cause of this weight gain is eating too much festive food, drinking too much alcohol and sugary drinks and being relatively inactive all at the same time. It’s understandable that we want to lose this extra baggage as soon as possible. To start with stop buying the type of energy rich nutrient poor party foods that led to the weight gain in the first place. It is very easy to get used to extra sweets, treats, chips & high energy drinks, but if you don’t buy it – it won’t be there to eat!

Not everyone understands what is expected of a healthy balanced diet, so a good start to getting back on track is to look up the Mediterranean diet. This simple eating plan involves avoiding processed foods, eating plenty of leafy greens and vegetables with every meal, include nuts and legumes, have fruit daily, emphasising fish over other meats, sticking to olive oil as the main added fat, using wholegrain bread with meals, restricting dessert or sweets to occasionally and limiting alcohol to no more than one standard drink with meals.  Of course you don’t have to eat all of the above in one sitting! Over eating won’t be much help. This diet is an anti-inflammatory diet which is beneficial for people with cardio-vascular disease, asthma, hayfever, fatigue and managing a healthy weight.

Tried all this before and still can’t lose weight? It may be that a chemical or hormonal imbalance is at play. The biochemistry of metabolism, hunger and saity is complex, and a number of imbalances can get in the way of weight loss. Some imbalances such as low thyroid levels can be identified with a simple blood test, other blocks to weight loss include chronic stress, high oestrogen levels, inflammation, poor detoxification function and even an imbalance in gut organisms. The good news is that many of these issues can be addressed with an individualised diet, herbal and nutritional prescription. So there shouldn’t be any reason why you can’t take up the challenge of  getting rid of excess weight to your New Year’s resolutions.