. . . But They Only Put on About a Pound
Two recent studies . . . one from the University of Oklahoma and one from Tufts University . . . looked at whether people really do gain more weight over the holidays than they do the rest of the year.
--The bad news is that people really DO gain more weight from late November to early January. The good news is that it's only about a pound.
--People were weighed several times a year, and the ONLY time they consistently put on weight was over the holidays . . . and they never lost the weight they put on.
--Overweight and obese people gained more weight than the average person, and one in seven overweight people put on more than five pounds in December.
--If you're thinking you'll go on a diet over the holidays to prevent the weight gain, don't get your hopes up. People who said they were trying to LOSE weight . . . ended up gaining about half a pound.
--The reason for the weight gain over the holidays is . . . exactly what you'd think: A combination of decreased physical activity and an increase in eating and drinking.