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REINVENT THE Christmas weight gain story

Many of us pile on the pounds over the festive season – then end up on a drastic weight-loss mission. But what if it didn’t have to be that way?

Let’s face it – it’s no fun going into January, already the darkest, coldest, poorest month, with that sinking feeling you have to double up your healthy eating efforts because you’ve overdone it at Christmas. But guess what – you don’t have to. ‘We put on weight because we give ourselves permission to eat and drink whatever we want over the festive season,’ says dietitian Helen Bond. ‘You can decide not to do this. Weight gain at Christmas isn’t inevitable – there are plenty of healthy, seasonal and delicious foods about. You just need to catch yourself when you fall into the trap of giving yourself an excuse to overindulge.’ We’re most definitely not saying don’t indulge – just don’t indulge every day. And when you do indulge, is there a healthy treat you can give yourself? If you can come out the other side at more or less the same weight you went in, you’re bucking the trend of the average person gaining up to 1kg per year from early adulthood through middle age (much of which happens over Christmas).

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Welcome to the Christmas issue of healthy! In the December/January edition, we look at how to avoid stress and stay upbeat over the festive period. Plus, we’ve got some tips on making healthier choices at the Christmas party and setting achievable goals for the year ahead. Many of us suffer with stress over Christmas, so for this issue, we wanted to think about all of the positive things that come with it, too. From our fresh-thinking article on perfecting the art of getting tipsy, to advice on how to break the Christmas weight-gain/January diet cycle, we’re approaching the colder months with a positive outlook. In the name of balance, writer Laura Potter looks at why we should practise Pilates to build strength and improve posture. We also look into the benefits of art therapy, as well as offering some crafting tips for you to try. And if you’re hosting your own festive party this year, don’t forget to flip the magazine over for festive recipe inspiration in our dedicated food section. Find all of this, plus our usual expert-led content, in the latest issue of Healthy.