The Numbers Are in and This Is the Least You'll Weigh All Year
Winter is coming and so are the carbohydrate-loading holidays, but you'll actually weigh less than you have all year during the first weeks in October. According to a recent study by a Cornell University professor, you may see a drop in numbers on the scale, but it's not going to last very long thanks to our delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. "Anything that happens in these next 10 weeks, on average, takes about five months to come off," Professor Brian Wansink said.
The study began in August 2012 and measured weight loss and gain among adults in the United States, Japan, and Germany over the course of a year. While the results were different in the three countries, one thing remained the same — "waistlines tended to grow in the 10 or so days leading up to the holidays." This shouldn't be much of a surprise after those extra drinks at the office holiday party and those incredible pumpkin desserts, but there are ways to avoid falling victim to holiday weight gain.
"Instead of trying to come up with a New Year's resolution to lose weight, it's a whole lot better to maybe have an Oct. 1 resolution to gain less in the first place," Professor Wansink said, adding that it does help to step on the scale during the holiday season to monitor your weight. We suggest these 20-minute workouts to combat holiday weight gain, and of course, portion control for the heavy meals.