The time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is often characterized by cheer, stress, and, of course, weight gain. Many Americans gain extra weight, especially around the mid-section, which is the worst place to carry excess fat. However, the amount of food we eat during the holiday season is not the only problem — we all become more lethargic as well. Ask 10 people for their New Year's resolution and most, if not all, will say, "To lose weight and get into shape." It's the same response year in and year out. What if this New Year could be different?
One way to limit weight gain during the holidays is to become more active and exercise. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine the lead researcher, Dr. Yanovski, stated that:
"The finding that study volunteers reporting more physical activity had less holiday weight gain suggests that increasing physical activity may be an effective method for preventing weight gain during this high-risk time."