Australians are likely to gain more than just gifts this Christmas

According to a new study investigating overindulgence in Australia, Australians are likely to tip the scales this Christmas season.

The Iberogast Better Bellies Report commissioned by natural medicine company Flordis reveals that Australians throw diets out the window and put fitness regimes on hold to make way for larger portions, second serves, sweets and alcohol.

The average Christmas ‘over indulger’ expects to gain an extra 1.1kg in weight over the festive period and those partial to a drink are likely to consume almost twice as many alcoholic beverages as they normally would.

Nationally Australians will gain more than 10,800 kg and drink more than 62.2 million standard drinks over Christmas.

Food Coach Judy Davie says it’s all about moderation and planning ahead for the Christmas period.

“If you know you have a string of work Christmas parties during December or there will be two or three meals on Christmas Day to fit in, stay hydrated between alcoholic beverages and pace yourself at the dinner table.

“With the excess food and alcohol consumption, coupled with the common stresses associated with the festive season… it’s no wonder a large majority of Australians tend to experience symptoms of indigestion and heartburn at this time of the year,” she says.

Davie says more than 8.5 million Australians will have experienced indigestion and heartburn in the past year and more than likely struggle with discomfort over Christmas.

The Iberogast Better Bellies Report shows that amongst those who overindulge in food on Christmas Day, more than 8 in 10 have experienced symptoms of stomach discomfort including fullness, bloating and indigestion.

Interestingly, parents are set to kick up their heels and overindulge in more food and alcohol than those without kids over the Christmas period.

Two thirds of Australians are also likely to overindulge in food on Christmas Day with women more likely (65 per cent) than men (46 per cent) to overindulge in chocolate. While men are more likely (73 per cent) to overindulge by filling their plate with meat than women (63 per cent).

More than half of respondents surveyed admit that regardless of how full they feel, they always go back for seconds at Christmas. Similarly, just over half feel that it would be wasteful not to overeat at Christmas.

Are you an over indulger over Christmas? What is your biggest weakness, sweets, roast dinner, pavlova?