Fall is upon us and the holidays are just around the corner. With the season of overeating just on the horizon, it bears mentioning that the typical American gains about a pound from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. That might not sound like much, but year in and year out, that pound adds up and can be a significant contributor to overweigh and obesity.
If it’s any consolation, N. Americans are not alone. In a letter posted in the New England Journal of Medicine this week, researchers posited that weight gain over the holidays is a universal problem. Whether its Thanksgiving in the US, Christmas in Germany or Golden Week in Japan, weight gain was almost an inevitability.
While the authors pointed out that most people lose about half of that holiday weight gain in the first few weeks of the New Year…half is not all…and half may still be a problem if you habitually put on weight in the holidays.
Here are a few tips to put in the back of your mind as we roll into holiday party season:
- Don’t go to a party hungry – snack before so you don’t show up famished
- Bring a healthy dish to share – of course ask the host ahead but why not contribute something you know you can safely eat?
- Back your booze up with water – don’t guzzle high calorie cocktails, slow your roll with a big glass of water in between drinks
- Relocate away from the food – out of sight, out of mind, don’t post up too close to the food if you default to grazing when you’re not really hungry