If you survived the first holiday, Thanksgiving, congratulations! But with December in full swing and New Year’s on the horizon, the temptations have begun. On average, a person gains 1 lb between Thanksgiving and New Year’s (much less than the original reports of 7-10 lbs during this time). That’s great news!
The bad news? That 1 lb or more gain isn’t lost for the most part during the rest of the year. In a decade, that’s 10 lbs and that ends up being a big deal as you get older.
Holly Hull, the lead researcher on the Oklahoma study, says Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a “high risk” time for the overweight. “I think the number of people who only overeat at the Thanksgiving meal is slim to none,” said Dr. Hull. “The holiday season doesn’t represent one day of overeating. You have this period that extends through the new year where there’s more alcohol, more snacks, more finger foods and appetizers that are energy dense.”
I’ve compiled a list of Holiday Survival Guides with plenty of advice, tips and tricks to get anybody thru this sometimes difficult time. If you are wondering how you will stick to your plan, these guides offer up some easy to use and quick to implement safeguards to keep you focused. While everybody else gains this season, you could get fitter while everybody around you gets fatter.