Short and sharp answers to holiday weight gain
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 2 to 6kg.
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 1300 174 534 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSRIO Total Wellbeing Diet – save 20% on the scientifically formulated diet made by CSIRO – Find out more here.
All information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only. The information provided should not be relied upon as medical advice and does not supersede or replace a consultation with a suitably qualified healthcare professional.
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