The truth behind holiday weight gain
Blame hygge. Blame the cold. Blame the chocolates and eggnogg. But the real issue for holiday weight gain is hibernation. This is when we avoid going outside and we tend to over indulge on comfort foods!
Exactly how much weight are we gaining? Clinical pharmacist and nutritionist, James B. LaValle, points to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that reported Americans gain an average of 1.3 pounds during the holiday and winter months. Granted, our neighbours to the south celebrate Thanksgiving a lot closer to Christmas and Hanukkah than we do. But what we do share, he says, is the fact that it may take up to five months to lose holiday weight gain – if we don’t actively pursue to burn it off.
Keep reading and you will learn about why we experience holiday weight gain and how to prevent it.