Elaine’s Tips to Avoid Weight Gain this Christmas


Exercise – walk everywhere you can to use up extra calories you consume (see walking tips).

Have ‘free days’ – Take December 24, 25, 26, 31 and 1 January as ‘free days’ (when you relax your standards a little) and then simply get back on track on the other days.

Fill up on goodness – eat plenty of winter vegetables (see recipe!) and seasonal fruits at meal times in order to fill up and avoid overindulging on less healthy foods at other times of the day.

Watch the booze – studies show that alcohol stimulates food intake (‘the munchies’) and can also increase
subjective feelings of hunger (plus it is full of ‘empty calories’ – see here).

Stay Stable –  aim to be the same weight for January 3 – it’s normal to put a few pounds on over Christmas
Day and Stephen’s Day, but then cut back on the intervening days to avoid weight gain

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About Elaine

Elaine graduated from Trinity College with a B.Sc., (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She gained wide experience working as clinical nutritionist in several hospitals prior to establishing her first private dietetic clinic in 1992.

Private Practice Experience
Elaine has gained vast experience specialising in providing private individual dietetic consultations for her clients in her clinics for the past 17 years. In recent years, her main areas of interest are weight management, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and nutrition and gastro-enterology.

Elaine is an active member of the INDI and was chairperson of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic weight management interest group from 2005 to 2007.

Dietetic and Nutrition Consultancy
Elaine has provided dietetic consultancy to a wide range of industries including private hospitals, hotels and catering companies. She has designed, piloted, implemented and coordinated workplace wellbeing programmes for several prominent companies and large international corporations.