It is no mystery that there are special times of the year when we tend to put on weight. These special times are, of course, holidays, and they wouldn’t be the same without their special holiday food. A new study points out the effects of delicious meals on our bodies and how it affects our weight, especially around Christmas or Thanksgiving Day.
A new research led by specialists looked into the problem of putting on weight at different times of the year. They studied the particular cases of people in three countries, namely Japan, Germany, and the United States. Approximately three thousand participants were monitored for a year so that the researchers could observe and study their eating habits, their physical activity routine and their body weight.
According to the specialists leading the study, the special holiday food is the number one enemy when it comes to putting on weight. They observed that the main holidays which determine people to indulge themselves in the U.S. are the winter holidays (Christmas and the New Year) and Thanksgiving Day. For Germany and Japan, winter comes with its’ special holiday food, too. In Japan, there is a important celebration at the beginning of May too, so people tend to enjoy delicious food again.
However, what the researchers observed is that people do not tend to neglect their physical activity routine. Their results show that they gain weight merely because they consume special holiday food, which contains more fat and sugar. There are special dishes made with pork or beef or homemade cookies which contain a high level of sugar.
People in all three studied countries had similar results about their weight in winter months, such as December and January. After this rich period, they tend to lose their extra pounds and return to their former eating habits.
What’s more, people are aware of the fact that the special holiday food can take its toll on them. The reports show that immediately after January, people tend to work out more. However, the study points out that in all three countries people gained less than two pounds.
The results of the survey apply to individuals with an average body weight. Researchers explain that overweight individuals can encounter much more problems in their process of losing the extra pounds they might have gained during the holidays.
The study is important because it draws everyone’s attention that we shouldn’t neglect our healthy lifestyle, not even for the sake of special holiday food.
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