The start of a new year is when many people make a resolution to eat healthier, exercise more and lose weight. But a recent study suggests that most of that weight people plan on losing is actually gained during the holidays. Now's the time to make a preemptive strike. Photo by Mason Masteka.
According to the study, led by professor Brian Wansink at Cornell, your weight right now is the lowest it will be all year. The study looked at weight gain and loss among nearly 1800 adults in the US, Japan, and Germany over the course of a year, and found the concept of "holiday weight" is pretty real. Of course, it's not all that surprising that all those massive meals and timely treats take their toll. Still, Wansink says the weight you can gain in the next 10 weeks might take up to five months of hard work and dieting to burn off.
So instead of over-indulging in holiday foods and making a new year's resolution, Wansink recommends you make an October resolution instead and save yourself some serious time and effort. For example, go easy on the Halloween lollies and only have a couple Christmas cookies. Wansink also suggests stepping on a scale more frequently during the holiday season can help too. You can read more about the study at the link below. The more weight gain you can prevent, the less you have to worry about losing.
This Is Probably the Least You'll Weigh All Year. Sorry. [The New York Times]