Time To Gain Some Weight

Woman standing on the scales in Christmas fun red green socks with snowman background. The problem of excess weight gained during the holiday New Year

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If you're asking for new pants for the holidays, maybe go one size up: The average American expects to gain five-and-a-half pounds between now and January 1st. So about a pound a week . . . and many of us are FINE with it.



42% admit they use the holidays as an excuse to eat whatever they want. And most people start right about now. 60% said they stop worrying about it by mid-November. Here are five ways we go overboard around the holidays . . .



1. Eating more than one dessert after a meal. 41% of us will do it.


2. Eating the same meal more than once a day. Like Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch AND dinner. 35% said yes.


3. Eating more than three meals in a day, 35%.


4. Bigger late-night snacks, 26%.


5. Eating so much we feel sick, 17%.



It also found diets and exercise will be two of the top New Year's resolutions again. But 24% of us are still carrying around extra weight from the holidays LAST year. So it might just be pie-in-the-sky.  (Mmm . . . pie.)




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