Gorging on mince pies and drinking gallons of mulled wine throughout December doesnâ€™t normally lend itself to looking or feeling great.
Avoid gaining the extra pounds this winter with these steps to beating the bulge this Christmas.
If youâ€™ve had more mince pies than Santa Claus himself, youâ€™ll also understand why he wears elasticated trousers.
â€˜Avoid fizzy drinks to stop bloating â€“ they add more bubbles to an already windy system,â€ explains Healthy Food Guide dietitian Jennifer Low.
â€œAvoid stuffing yourself full too,â€ as Jennifer advises.
It’s also imperative to chew food properly too, “Otherwise the digestive system has to work harder, producing gas as a side effect,â€ she says
With all the heavy, rich foods being eaten, many of us will also feel the burn of indigestion.
â€œIndigestion can present as stomach pain, heartburn, nausea, bloating and/or wind,â€ Jennifer says.
â€œThe above are all common triggers, but so is eating a large amount of food, especially late at night.â€
If youâ€™re prone to indigestion problems avoid spicy foods, fatty foods and caffeine to get your gut feeling better and not hold up your Christmas dinner.
â€œAnd keep meals simple, avoid greasy snacks and watch portion sizes to help prevent it.â€
Champagne, mulled wine, hot toddies, hot chocolate, weâ€™re all prone to overindulging on a drink or two over the festive period.
â€œPrevention is better than cure,â€ Jennifer says. â€œStick to safe government guidelines: a weekly maximum of 14 units, with at least two alcohol-free days a week. Donâ€™t drink on an empty stomach, and alternate alcoholic with non-alcoholic drinks to keep hydrated,â€ she adds.
Weâ€™re all guilty of having one too many mulled wines at the Christmas market too so if you are feeling a bit delicate the following day know how to get your body back on track.
Forget having a greasy fry up too, instead stay hydrated with juicy fruits, eat bananas to top up your blood sugar levels and eat eggs to beat the symptoms of a hangover.
â€œAnd remember, drinks contain calories, too!â€