Alfred dietitian Angie Passater is urging people to ring in the new year with fresh, healthier eating habits to help shed the COVID kilos picked up in lockdown.
“Clinically speaking we know patients are gaining weight, which is very concerning,” she said.
“During lockdown people were ordering takeout or maybe even cooking a bit more, whereas now there’s a real mindset around supporting local business and the hospitality industry, so those bad eating habits are continuing.”
She said the best way to commit to a healthier diet is to set small, sustainable goals.
“Eating right doesn’t mean you have to completely deprive yourself of all the foods you love – it’s about finding a balance and moderation.”
“There are plenty of healthy options on menus these days, and it’s important to ask questions and modify dishes or recipes where possible. A simple change such as switching from fried to grilled can make a big difference.”
“There are also small ways to make it easier such as making simple swaps in your diet like butter for olive oil or fried options for grilled options.
Ms Passater said for those who need a little more assistance, professional help is available.
“No two people are the same, so a really important part of the process is to seek individual, tailored support from a health professional such as a GP or dietitian.
“And take time for yourself – go for a walk, spend more time outdoors, pack a lunch rather than eating out.”