Your weight tends to go up and down during the year, just ask anyone who weighs herself or wears skinny jeans. And according to a new study from Cornell University, right now, you weigh the least you’ll weigh all year. Hurray! The thing is, the closer we get to the holidays, the tighter those pants are going to get.
For the study, researchers weighed 3,000 people in the U.S., Germany, and Japan over a year. They found that most people are at their lowest weight during this time of year because of the seasonal shift. So what’s so special about right now? Well, bathing suit season is over and we haven’t started packing on pounds from the pumpkin spice treats yet.
The research shows that Americans gain about 0.2% during Thanksgiving and another 0.4% more at Christmas. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but losing those extra pounds isn’t easy. In fact, most people didn’t lose their extra holiday weight until May! And people tend to keep slimming down through November, when the whole cycle starts over again.
So if you want to break the pattern, you have to get ahead of it. That means being committed to exercising and eating right, even through the holiday season and cold weather months. But that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some special seasonal treats, like grandma’s homemade Christmas cookies. And don’t forget - if you want to break the cycle, don’t get sucked into it to begin with.