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The SA Psychology Guide to Christmas


We know, we know, we’re spoiling you with this handy guide to staying on the wagon this Christmas  (or perhaps we’re spoiling Christmas for you… Hopefully the former!).  Nevertheless, we know that Christmas can be an anxious time for clients trying to keep up with their fitness, health and weigh loss goals- not to mention those Christmas parties.  But fear not, all is not lost; here are a few of our top tips for survival this Christmas.

Keep the focus on fun, not food.

Sure, Christmas has great links with food- but what else makes it special?  Try to focus on other Christmas traditions; board games, time with family and crisp winter walks to keep away from unnecessary treats.

Make the change!

There’s never going to be the “right time” to make the changes you need to see the rewards that you want– so why wait?  A study by the US government found that on average, adults gain more than 1lb of body weight during the holidays and that this is unlikely to be shed over the year.  BUT… and here comes the good news… those who reported the most physical activity throughout the holidays showed the lowest weight gain and lost more in the New Year.  This might sound obvious, but don’t forget the benefits that exercise can bring not just for your waistline but also for your mood, sleep and more.

Stock the freezer with healthy meals

Christmas can be hectic so you may not have time to prepare healthy alternatives, instead grabbing Christmassy snacks where and when you can.  So start your planning now by cooking up some healthy, nutritious, balanced meals that you can reheat at the touch of a button (literally!)

Curb the booze

Don’t get us wrong, everyone need some fizz at Christmas.  The problem is, that this causes havoc for our healthy behaviours by a) stacking the calories (89cal per glass of champagne) b) making us less likely to get up and gym the next morning c) lowering our inhibitions meaning we often eat more.  So as you reach for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th glass, really think about how this affects your long-term goals.

Don’t panic

Whatever happens, don’t let the Christmas period turn into a downward spiral.  Get back on the wagon and we at SA Psychology will help you all the way!

 

If you would like to find out more how Sophie from SA Psychology @ Drummond Clinic can be of further help, then please contact the clinic

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