Lots of people ditch their diet as soon as the pumpkin pie comes out of the oven on Thanksgiving and don’t go back to their strict eating plan until after the new year. With all the delicious food we’re surrounded by during the holidays, it can be hard to resist having another serving or just a few more Christmas cookies, and all that indulging can leave us feeling like an expanding balloon.
But even if you feel like you can’t slip into your skinny jeans as easily by the time January rolls around, the average person doesn’t put on as many pounds as you might think during the holidays. According to a study published in theNew England Journal of Medicine, the average American only gains around one pound during the six week-stretch between Turkey Day and New Year’s. And the research shows that the bulk of it happens in the 10 days after Christmas.
Now one pound might not sound too bad, like it’s totally worth it to be able to eat all of your favorite holiday treats, but there’s a major downside. The study points out that most of us are unlikely to lose the extra weight after the holidays, and over time, those pounds add up.