Look in the mirror. Unless you’re on a serious health and fitness kick to get ready for 2017, according to a new study, this is the lowest weight you’re going to be for the rest of the year. I’m sure you can figure out why that is…
The study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that people in the U.S. start to put on weight after the first week of October. From there, weight gain peaks immediately following the new year. After that, people try to work to get back to a size that’s comfortable for them, but it takes time.
Researchers behind the study followed the shifts in weight of around 195 American adults (and 3,000 people altogether). What they found was that around Thanksgiving, our weight increases, peaking near the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday. Also found was that weight gained between October and January can take people more than five months to shave off. Easter is the time most people can get back to the size they were before turkey, eggnog, dressing and pies spread us out. Between the months of April and November, however, is just a time of minor shifts in weight.
Everyone is different though. Just because some people pack on the pounds during the holiday season doesn’t mean that, with certainty, it will happen to you. But, as researchers noted, “weight gain in the fall and winter probably contributes to the increase in body weight that frequently occurs during adulthood.”
So whether or not you plan to stuff your face within the next few months, it’s clear that this is the perfect time to execute any new workout plans you wanted to try, or get into changing up your eating habits. That’s what Brian Wansink, one of the co-authors of the study, told Cornell University’s research facility, the Food & Brand lab. “Everyone gains weight over the holidays — Americans, Germans, Japanese,” he said. “Instead of making a New Year’s Resolution, make an October resolution. It’s easier to avoid holiday pounds altogether than to lose them after they happen.”
So before you let Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas treats and New Year’s Eve drinks jack your waistline all the way up, take charge, prepare to consume everything in moderation, and don’t wait for the new year to work on the new you.