A recent study that was undertaken at Cornell Universities Foods and Brand Lab found that it takes approximately 5 months for the average person to lose the weight gained over the festive period.
During the research the team used wireless scales to record the weight of almost 3,000 people from the USA, Germany and Japan.
They found that although the average weight gain varied between the countries, each country saw their overall weight increase over national holidays, with those weighed around Christmas experiencing the greatest weight gain.
According to the research undertaken, those weighed started to gain weight steadily in the days leading up to Christmas, which continued until reaching its peak at New Year’s Day.
For some this is not such bad news, as the research found that half the weight gained was lost quickly, unfortunately the remaining weight took much longer to lose.
In fact it was shown that in the USA, those who gained weight did not return to their pre-Christmas weight until late April or even June in some cases.
Brian Wansink, from Cornell University had this to say about the findings:
“It’s easier to avoid holiday pounds than to lose them after they happen.”
What can you do about your own weight gain?
If you have gained weight after enjoying Christmas and the New Year celebrations a little too much then there are certainly things that you can do to regain your body.
The worst thing that you can do is to feel sorry for yourself. You are allowed to indulge now and then, whats done is done. Just move on and focus on what you can do to rectify the situation.
This does not necessarily mean that you can put off making the changes you need to lose weight, the sooner you get back on track the better. Remember if you are overweight then the chances of suffering life-threatening conditions will increase.
Start by cutting back on the junk foods, instead opt for whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables.
Whole foods, are those that are not processed, so retain most of their nutrient value when eaten. This makes them a good option for good health. They are also naturally low in calories.
You should also look to add good sources of protein and fibre to your diet too. These are both filling so will help keep cravings to a minimum.
Healthy fats are a good idea too.
Next, look at what you are drinking. Avoid soft drinks and anything where you are adding sugars or creams. Also, avoid diet alternatives too, as they have been shown to cause cravings for sugary foods.
Exercise is also recommended, while it may not be that helpful for weight loss. Regular exercise has been proven to be essential for good health.
Our final tips to help you lose a few pounds would be to ensure you are getting enough sleep, preferably 7-8 hours per night, and to try and keep stress levels to a minimum.
Gaining weight is not the end of the world, but you need to be careful not to leave the weight gain linger for too long, or even worse allow yourself to retain the weight indefinitely.