A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that the majority of annual weight gain happens during the holidays. The study concluded that on average, people gain about 1.5 pounds during the holidays. To put this in perspective, most Americans gain about 2 pounds annually, which means that 75% of the weight is gained during the holidays. The study continues by stating that during the holidays, we consume more calories than we are burning. Exercise can only help to a point; eventually it must be balanced with a healthy diet.
A few tips you might want to follow during the holidays to avoid holiday weight gain:
- Exercise! For those who have a routine, try to maintain it. For those who do not, it might be wise to start a routine to avoid too much weight gain.
- Stick to your normal eating patterns and maybe splurge one or two days during the holidays.
- Have a healthy appetizer such as soup or a salad.
- Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly. Eating fast leads to overeating.
- Eat in moderation and make smart choices.
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