Weight Gain at the Holidays
It is believed that weight gain at the holidays will be somewhere between three and ten pounds. This seems logical given the amount of food we eat between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, but it is not so. The truth is that most Americans gain only one pound over the holidays.
While there is only this one-pound weight gain at the holidays, it is a difficult pound. After the holidays have passed, this one-pound weight gain stays with us. It will stay with us after next year’s holiday season, and again after that. As we age we carry the load of one-pound gained per year, every year, for decades.
A small study of eighty-two college students found that although the average body weight of the students did not change much at the holidays, their body compositions did. The result was an increase in body fat. This increases potential for chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Read, “10 Weight-Related Illnesses.”
It also was discovered that those people who started out at a heavier-than-average weight were more likely to gain weight. In fact, they gain as much as five-pounds or more during the holidays.
Weight Gain at the Holidays Isn’t Just About Food
Some people overeat at the holidays because there are seduced by rich holiday foods. Others have different motivations. They use food to relieve the holiday stress that inevitably creeps in for so many. Celebration and pressure often accompany one another. Read, “What to Do about Emotional Eating.”
Some people overcompensate for the pending New Year’s diet resolution and eat with abandon through the holidays. Read, “10 Healthy Eating Resolutions.”
Other people succumb to unrestrained eating because of a single episode of overindulgence. A breach of discipline can open the floodgates to weight gain at the holidays. Read, “Post Weight Loss Surgery Holiday Survival Tips.”
Food for Thought
We also tend to get less sleep at the holidays because we are so busy. If we are awake more often then we are probably eating more often, too.
In good health,
Content is the opinion of the author and does not constitute or is a replacement for medical advice.