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How much weight do people gain during the holidays?

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Gaining weight over the holidays is something that most people have come to expect. From Thanksgiving through New Year's people eat all kinds of goodies -- even when there isn't a "prepared meal" on the table. Leftovers, cookies, and other treats can have people away from their diets for the 5 week period -- but how much weight do most people really gain?

According to a recent study, people seem to gain a little less than a pound in the period of time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. This is great news because a lot of people were under the impression that they would gain up to 5 pounds this holiday season (while the scale might reflect that, it's probably not 5 pounds of "fat" you've packed on).

Holiday weight gain is expected because people not only eat large quantities of food, but they eat things that they normally wouldn't eat (cookies, cakes, pies, etc.). Other factors that contribute to a lot of eating at the holidays include social eating, easier access to food, and longer eating durations.

So what can you do to try and keep your weight gain to a minimum? Don't forget to exercise, drink a lot of water (especially before sitting down for a large meal), and cut down on your alcohol intake. Once the holidays pass you may elect to do a cleanse to clean out your body and start fresh... and if your New Year's resolution is to lose weight, a cleanse is a great way to start.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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