If Your Waistline's A Holiday Casualty, Here's How To Fix It
All the fun of the silly season is behind us, so it’s time to say goodbye to any silliness overstaying its welcome on our waistlines.
Studies have shown that the holiday period contributes to a staggering one third of our total weight gain throughout the year. Worryingly, this weight is rarely lost and subsequently, year-on-year this is contributing to the nation’s expanding waist line.
Currently, 14 million Australians are overweight or obese -- that is a huge 67 percent of adults and 25 percent of children. This statistic makes Australia one of the most obese countries in the world per capita. It’s predicted that by 2030 this figure will have increased to 18 million.
The growing list of health problems caused by poor diet, lack of food knowledge and skills affects all Australians. Obesity is now one of the nation's most significant health issues, and is the single biggest factor in premature disability and death.
Over the past 20 years, we've changed the way we eat. Our plates are big and portions even bigger. We’re a time-poor, ‘grab the ready-made meal’ type of society. Our cooking skills are close to becoming extinct and we are the first generation in which children are predicted to die younger than their parents.
So, whilst those few holiday kilos at first seem harmless we’re potentially setting ourselves up for life-long weight gain.
But don’t despair -- with some small positive changes, you can take simple achievable steps for creating a healthier happier you.
With more than 50 percent of us setting health-related New Year’s resolutions, we could all use some tips to avoid being amongst the majority who give up in the first few months. So, what’s the secret? Well, making small lifestyle changes can be the easiest way to see real results in your health and well-being.
It may sound obvious, but portion control and making sure we eat a balanced diet full of a variety of foods is a simple first step. We teach our kids to ‘eat a rainbow’, but we should be too.
Making our food from scratch where possible is a good way to stay clear of hidden nasties in our pre-packaged food. While we’re at it, we can have extra control over what we’re putting into our bodies and get the kids involved in the kitchen too.
To top it all off, keep active! Moving our body is a great way to use all the healthy fuel we’re going to be putting into our body. Try to be as active as you can and find something that you enjoy so that exercise doesn’t have to be a chore -- go for a beach swim, walk your dog or even take a fun class at the gym.
Make healthy food a priority in your life and allow it to bring your family and friends together. Learn to love how it makes you feel, how delicious it is and remember that a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise are the keys to a healthy lifestyle.
Most importantly, avoid the fad diets -- cabbage soup is absolutely no way to start the new decade!
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