(Ames) Those who “indulged” in rich, Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day meals might be feeling a little guilty now, and may not like the numbers staring back at them as they step on the scales. ISU nutrition professor, Ruth Litchfield, says if you want to get through New Years, and the winter in general, its time to get moving.
“People who maintain their physical activity through the winter months or maybe they increase a little bit, are those who are going to be much more successful at keeping that holiday weight gain off. Physical activity is probably the number one thing that we are going to recommend to prevent that holiday weight gain,” says Litchfield.
Studies have found the average American gains about three-to-five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years.
Iowa Radio Network
December 26, 2012