Dropping Holiday Weight Gain

By: Justin Ware Email
By: Justin Ware Email

If only working out, was as much fun as eating a half dozen Christmas cookies.

If you're like me, you've put down a lot of those cookies in the past week and unfortunately, the scale reflects it.

And I'm not the only one.

"There's usually a ton of good food to eat around the holidays," said Eli Block, who's working off some holiday pounds, "so everybody wants to eat, they're going to binge a little bit."

Eli Block is one of the many southern Wisconsin who *really* enjoyed the holidays this year.

And like a lot of us, he'll be trying to work off those extra pounds in the New Year.

"We call it the New Year's effect," said Shana Martin, trainer, Supreme Health and Fitness. "After New year's day, the health clubs are full of people."

Martin says the desire to drop pounds after the holidays is so strong, her health club has a special program just to acccomodate that group of people.

It's part of a nation-wide push to shave off that extra piece of pie or slice of turkey.

And Martin says it does work for some people.

"Everybody eats during the holidays and that's OK," said Martin, "just as long as you make up for it and do the exercise later on."

But it's the over eaters who don't head to the gym after January first, that worry dieticians like Tammy Fumusa.

"People are tired of hearing it and I say it all the time, but that's the way it is," said Fumusa. "You've got to decrease those portion sizes and increase your activity."

Fumusa says the average person doesn't gain that much weight during the holidays, usually only about two to five pounds.

The problem is, a lot of those people never really lose that weight before the next holiday.

And eventually, those pounds add up to a weight problem.

"You're talking from September through mid January," said Fumusa. "So if that keeps accumulating year after year, then you just keep adding it on."

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