The holiday season is officially here, but let’s face it, we should just call it what it is – the eating season. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve and more there’s just so many yummy foods to indulge in and a lot of us will be putting on the pounds, but just how much may surprise you.
- The fourth annual “Writing Off the End of the Year” survey looked a the eating habits of Americans during the winter holidays.
- It finds that the average person expects to put on about eight pounds over the holidays.
- And that weight seems to increase each year, with last year folks saying they expected to gain seven pounds, and in 2018 an 2019 it was only six.
- But while any other time of the year, an eight-pound weight gain would bother folks, that’s not the case over the holiday season.
- 90% of people plan to simply enjoy the holiday season without worrying about their diet.
- In fact, 51% of people say they’ve broken a diet over the holiday season.
And it’s easy to see why folks are putting on those extra pounds.
- 48% of people say they’ve eaten so much over the holidays that it forced them to undo a button on their pants or loosen a belt.
- 45% say they’ve eaten multiple lunches or dinners in a day.
- 39% of people say they’ve eaten until they feel sick, unwell or full to the point of bursting.
- Another 39% specifically wore stretchy clothes to accommodate overeating.
And it’s pretty apparent a lot of folks take a “there’s always next year” approach to holiday eating.
- 39% say they will make a New Year’s resolution to get healthy again.
- 27% say their top goal will be exercising more.