Nutrition-wise blog

Taking off the holiday pounds

By Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. January 4, 2012

Holiday weight gain is reported to be anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds (about 2 to 5 kilograms), but studies show that the actual numbers are lower. The typical holiday weight gain is only about 2 pounds (1 kilogram). But those holiday pounds stick around.

Most adults gain weight over time, with the average gain for young adults ranging from half a pound to nearly 2 pounds a year. Doesn't sound like much, does it? Unfortunately, this slow but steady increase adds up over time. Before you know it, you're looking back and asking, "Where did all this weight come from?" The holiday pounds play into this picture.

Now is the time to do something about it. Your motivation is high. Commit to losing that holiday weight and take your first steps on a path to better health. Start by setting a daily goal. It should be specific and realistic — something that at the end of the day you can feel good about accomplishing.

Here's an example to get you started: Slow down your pace of eating. Put down your fork between bites, and spend at least 20 minutes enjoying your meal.

Let us know how this works for you. We'd love to hear about your goals and inspirations.

To your health,

Katherine and Jennifer

Jan. 04, 2012