It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
The holiday season is upon us, which means time for shopping, partying, decorating trees, lighting menorahs, preparing for Kwanzaa, and celebrating the Winter Solstice. With the obesity panic in full on freak-out mode, however, it also means endless tips on how to avoid end-of-the-year weight gain. But it turns out the reports about holiday eating have been greatly exaggerated.
The main assumption is that we all gain anywhere from 7-10 pounds from now through December because we can’t stop munching on goodies during our holiday gatherings. According to these articles, though, the amount is… wait for it…
ONE POUND OR LESS.
That’s right! One measly pound or less for the majority of us. For some of us who are deathfat, it’s five pounds. Now, like the studies we tend to criticize which only study only a small population, the initial study in 2000 followed just 165 people with racially diverse backgrounds and an average age of 39. Another study was done with just 82 college students, and that test discovered that average body weight did not significantly change between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Of course, the authors bemoaned the fact that this extremely miniscule weight gain was not lost.
Oh, the horror!
Even if no studies were done, it’s probably a given that most people don’t gain a lot of weight in two short months. There are other factors that may figure into this, such as poverty and/or homelessness, as well as those whose eating habits really don’t change simply because it’s the holidays.
So the next time you hear that we gain a lot of weight during this holiday season, ignore it. It’s just a scare tactic to get you to part with even more money that was previously spent on presents, and invest in weight loss plans and other diet gimmicks. Don’t waste your money and your sanity on a one pound or less weight gain. Enjoy your holiday, whichever ones you celebrate.