The majority of yearly weight gain occurs in the last 6 weeks of the year (1).  The amount of this weight gain is highly variable and based on one’s current BMI status.  Individuals with a higher BMI (overweight/obese) were much more likely to gain excessive weight during this time of year as compared to individuals with a normal weight BMI.  Unfortunately, this weight gain (unlike weight gained throughout the rest of the year) is less likely to be lost (1).  Thus, even a small weight gain during the holiday season of 2 lbs, year after year, can cause us to gain 10 extra pounds of body fat after 5 years.  

Holiday parties pose challenging times to stick with a healthy nutrition plan.  Combine this with a lack of motivation to exercise due to darker days and colder weather, this is a yearly recipe for continuous weight gain.  

Something’s gotta give.  The following strategies can be easily employed to help prevent holiday weight gain or even promote holiday weight...

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