How much weight the average person gains over the holidays

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How much weight do you think you gain over the holidays?

It’s not five or 10 pounds like most people may assume, according to one highly cited study published years ago. The actual weight gain from November to January is about a pound.

Read more: This one activity can make you gain weight more than anything

The surprising truth about holiday weight gain

That’s not too bad, right? Well, the real problem is that many of us never lose that pound after Christmas. 

According to new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Americans see their weight increase 0.4% over Christmas and 0.2% over Thanksgiving. 

But holiday weight gain isn’t just an American thing, the same study found. While different countries celebrate different holidays, they seem to have one thing in common: lots of eating and drinking!

This chart puts things in perspective: 

How much weight the average person gains over the holidays

Since studies have shown that most of us have trouble dropping the pounds, experts recommend that you exercise daily and eat in moderation year-round to avoid seasonal swings in the first place.

And here’s a tip from Clark: Weigh yourself every day to hold yourself accountable. 

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