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Short and sharp answers to holiday weight gain

10 December, 2018
Gathering over a Christmas feast

The lowdown on your food hoe-down

You have questions. We have answers.

How much can I expect to gain over the holiday season?

Studies are conflicted depending on culture, but it can be none to 2.37kg.

Where do the extra calories come from?

From amount and type – holiday foods are normally sugar and carb heavy, and people tend to drink a lot more.

When does holiday weight gain begin and end?

At the extreme ends, late November to mid-January.

Does the weight stick?

For some the weight is lost when they get back to their regular diets. Others (a lot of others) keep the weight. The accumulation of this weight over time can lead to being overweight or obese.

Can I avoid holiday weight gain?

Yes. Eating sensibly and in moderation may save you from some weight gain.

How do I lose my holiday weight gain?

Diet and exercise – eat more healthy things and less unhealthy things, and burn some more calories with walking, running, lifting or sports. Check out our article on losing weight for more advice.

Anything else I should know?

Remember what the season is for – focus on the family and the friends, and let the food and drink be the accompaniment.

I want help losing weight

No worries! CBHS has great programs that can help you lose weight.

CBHS Better Living – our Better Living programs can help you form healthy eating and exercise habits. To find out if you’re eligible, call our Wellness Team on 02 9685 7567 or email wellness@cbhs.com.au.

CSRIO Total Wellbeing Diet – save 15% on the scientifically formulated diet made by CSIRO – Find out more here.

Sources

Stanford - Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

A Prospective Study of Holiday Weight Gain

The New England Journal of Medicine – Weight Gain over the Holidays in Three Countries

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