Study Finds that the Average American Puts On 6 Pounds Due to Holiday Feasting

If you’re planning on enjoying all of your meals this holiday season without worrying about the calories, the fat, or the serving sizes, you’re not alone. A new survey shows nearly half of Americans are taking a hiatus on following a healthy diet until the start of the new year — with about one in eight people making it to 2019 without gaining any weight.

According to the survey of 2,000 adults, which was commissioned by Herbalife Nutrition, 45 percent of respondents plan on holding off from plans to eat healthier or lose weight until 2019. In fact, the average American will put on an extra six pounds from chowing down on holiday food. Conversely, the study found just 12 percent will get past the holidays avoiding weight gain.

With so many choices on the table, it’s no wonder that 44 percent of respondents admit to eating more than one Thanksgiving dinner in the same day — with three in 10 indulging themselves so much they feel sick to their stomachs. Understandably, four in 10 say they’ve eaten so much, they find themselves undoing a button on their pants for some extra belly space.

Experts say that noshing on a few snacks throughout the day can help prevent people from overindulging.

“Healthy snacking is a useful tool in combating overindulgence. Consuming protein-rich snacks before heading out to a holiday feast can help make you feel full, so that you don’t over indulge,” says Dr. John Agwunobi, co-president and chief health and nutrition officer at Herbalife Nutrition, in a statement.

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SOURCE: Study Finds