Tis the season to be jolly! A time for consumption, extravagance and indulgence…
Every year it seems to come round faster, and for many of us the gluttony season is already well underway. Each Christmas we consume sweets, cake, pudding, chocolate, cheese, and pretty much everything else that is associated with calories and putting on weight! We may often render ourselves exhausted and immobile from our mammoth sized portions, but we feel content and full while we lie there by the log fire watching the queen’s annual breakdown of the year that’s just passed.
Christmas is also a time for catching up with family, old friends and colleagues. The party season, where for many of us we finally have an excuse to let our hair down and drink alcohol like it’s going out of fashion, and why wouldn’t we? It’s Christmas, and its all part of the festivities! Or at least that’s what we keep telling ourselves. Besides, as soon as January comes around, the inevitable New Year’s resolutions will rear their weary heads, and it’ll be back to detoxing, dieting and general despair!
As enjoyable as the whole process is, there are some useful hints and tips to be taken away from this yearly glut fest that we all subscribe to. Here is some very useful advice from our specialist consultant bariatric surgeon Ms Sally Norton:
“Christmas is a time for celebration and feasting on delicious food. However, for those struggling with their weight, this can also mean guilt and despair as the pounds pile on."
"The traditional fad diet in January is doomed to failure as most of us, and the scientists know – yet so many people over-eat at Christmas with thoughts of crash-dieting afterwards.”
“A better approach is to just look at cutting portion size – one of the main reasons for increasing weight.”
“The Obalon balloon is a revolutionary new swallowable balloon that floats in the stomach and helps people to feel full with smaller portions - giving them a real kick-start to their weight loss attempts. It stays in for three months, during which time we offer an intensive support package to help change behaviour and maintain weight after the balloon is removed.”
“So, if you are concerned about your weight and the effect it is having on your health, enjoy your food at Christmas, but in smaller portions - and don’t jump on a fad diet in the New Year. Instead look at small but sustainable changes in your eating behaviour and activity. If you need more help, the Obalon gastric balloon and 3 month weight loss support package is available exclusively in the Spire hospital Bristol.”