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Christmas weight gain: how to deal with the anxiety and guilt over food during the holidays

By on December 25, 2019 0 162 Views

Consultant Dietitian Sophie Medlin gives tips on how to deal with unwanted anxiety and guilt over food at Christmas…

Many people may suffer from anxiety around Christmas eating and worry about the impact that being less restrictive with their eating will have on their waistline. The truth is that Christmas should be a time where you can relax and enjoy celebrating with food and drink without guilt or anxiety about your weight or your diet.

Some of the foods we have at Christmas are foods that we only have at Christmas so feeling anxious about enjoying them is far less healthy for us overall than enjoying them and then rebalancing our diet.

Many people who I see in my clinic expend so much of their mental energy worrying about what they’re going to eat at times of celebration that they have little time for thinking about anything else. While this is totally understandable given the social pressures we have to be a particular size and shape, when we think about celebrations, we should be looking forward to joy and love and excitement, not dreading excess calories and weight gain.

Many people believe that their only options are complete over-indulgence and weight gain or absolute anxiety and control. This is, of course, not the case. While it is absolutely possible, given the lack of routine and indulgence around Christmas to gain a couple of pounds, it is absolutely impossible, to undo the benefits of a well-balanced diet and active life in a couple of weeks.

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