Did You Really Gain As Much As It Feels Over The Holidays?

Probably not, actually. But don’t get comfortable.

By kncitom on December 30, 2019
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Feeling a little doughy-er as the holidays come to an end?  

Well, despite what the fit of your pants might be saying, it’s actually a myth that people put on a lot of weight over the holidays…according to research, anyway.

A study published in New England Journal of Medicine back in 2016 found that, on average, most people put on only about a pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. 

And actually, it’s slightly less than a pound.

But the problem is most people don’t take that pound off once the holidays are over and THAT’S how weight gain slowly creeps up on you– especially since over a year, average, we’ll put on an additional pound or so, which works out to around 2 pounds a year and typically, those two pounds are on us for good.  

Best way to fight back?  Ok, yes, for the short term, more pants with draw strings! But, obviously, at some point, we have to commit to regular exercise and eating right and then, most importantly, stick with it, because according to another study, 73% of us who set fitness and better eating goals give up after a short time.  


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