According to a November 2010 research news site, Science Daily, Americans will gain 5 to 15 pounds during the holiday season.
Starting with the leftover Halloween candy, continuing with turkey and pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, and ending it with Christmas cookies and New Year’s champagne, it is a wonder Americans don’t put on even more weight.
The biggest problem with the pounds gained of course is that Americans don’t lose the weight that they've gained. Year after year, five, 10, or 15 pounds can quickly add up to an obscene amount, and can push average Americans into the obese category.
Stefanie C. Barthmare, a psychotherapist with the Methodist Weight Management Center in Houston commented on this issue to Science Daily.
She explained the holiday weight gain by saying, "Many of us deal with depression, disappointment, loneliness and unfulfilled expectations during the holiday season. When our ideal holiday expectations are not met, we feel bad. That's when many of us resort to eating more food, more often, to keep the deeper stuff at bay."
On Yahoo! Shine, Fitness Magazine provided five simple ways anyone can put a halt to the weight gain and actually lose weight this winter.
1. Eat high content water foods. Focus on foods that contain 80 - 95 percent of water, like soup, fruits, vegetables, and hot cereal. The person eating can feel full because the water in those foods adds weight but does not add calories.
2. Get some sun. Getting enough sunlight can help suppress food cravings and curb the “curse of the comfort food” overeating mentality. Serotonin is a mood-boosting brain chemical that the average person gets from the sun and it is partly responsible for the feeling of fullness one gets. For those above the Mason-Dixon Line, even a heavy dose of artificial light can be beneficial.
3. Increase the amount of protein in the everyday diet.