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Christmas and weight gain go hand in hand, but there is no need to put on five kilograms this festive season, provided you know how to stay on track.

Sam Wood's nutritionist Steph Wearne said while food is a fantastic way to 'connect with others' and show your love, it is easy for this to quickly spiral and one indulgence suddenly becomes 50. 

Writing on her blog, Steph revealed her six tricks for staying in shape over Christmas - without having to forego mince pies and champagne entirely.

Sam Wood's nutritionist Steph Wearne (pictured) said food and Christmas go hand in hand, but you don't have to put on a festive five kilograms over the break

Sam Wood's nutritionist Steph Wearne (pictured) said food and Christmas go hand in hand, but you don't have to put on a festive five kilograms over the break

1. Stick to the portion plate

Steph's number one tip for those looking to navigate the silly season is to stick to the ideal portion plate.

'Every time you sit down to a meal, try and make it 1/4 plate protein, 1/4 plate complex carbohydrates, 1/2 plate of vegetables and 1-2 tablespoons of healthy fats,' she said.

While cooking at home means this is easy, often during December we are shovelling food down ad hoc.

When this happens, Steph recommends you still take into account the ideal portion sizes - and order extra vegetables or salad while out at a restaurant.

This will stop you from eating extra carbs and sugary snacks from hunger.

Steph's (pictured) number one tip for those looking to navigate the silly season is to stick to the ideal portion plate - and ensure you have a fair split of carbs, vegetables, protein and fats

Steph's (pictured) number one tip for those looking to navigate the silly season is to stick to the ideal portion plate - and ensure you have a fair split of carbs, vegetables, protein and fats

2. Keep active

Even if your usual gym routine falls a little off track during Christmas-time, it's possible to still stay active.

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