food: pack it on, it’s Christmas!

Season's Eatings: Americans ditch their diets over the holidays

Spotted on the front cover of this morning’s Express. Talk about a no-brainer headline, hm? Researchers predict more people will ditch diets for the holidays:

Holidays are often associated with parties, goodies and the inevitable weight gain. Studies show Americans gain about a pound during the winter holiday season, and for many of them, the pound never comes off.

But with many Americans stressing about their personal finances and the down economy, researchers predict more holiday bingeing than usual this year. And, they warn, that’s going to catch up with them in the new year, even if they do try to get back on a healthy plan.

In recent years I’ve been paying more attention to my advancing age/slowing metabolism & geek-inspired growing waistline and belly, so I cut back. Not really restricting myself from taking part in holiday-related food events, but not indulging either. If I’m good with portions and a bit of exercise, I can actually lose weight over Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m thinking there will be more running around the yard and neighborhood with the family german shepherd this year.

In all honesty, I would have thought that the recent economic landscape would have led to more drinking this holiday season and not necessarily eating. But I suppose more places in DC frown upon booze at the holiday parties, those held in the office at any rate. Still, this is about as common sense a headline as the recent findings that a not-insignificant percentage of both men and women would rather give up sex for two weeks than their internet access. I would tend to think this doesn’t necessarily include the means by which people can find/watch sex on the internet, but who’s to say? 😈

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3 Responses

  1. kyle says:

    They actually do research on this? It’s a no-brainer. “Researchers determine the sky is sky-blue.”

    The holidays leave me with mixed feelings. I understand the long-held tradition of human beings gathering during the darkest days of the year to cheer each other on for the coming cold months. That makes sense. But why the gatherings have to include so much stressfulness and so much materialistic spending – it’s beyond me. Why can’t the holidays just be about low-stress hanging out with nice people? (Of course, to find nice people, I’d have to leave DC.)

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  2. Fredo says:

    I discovered this morning that I gained 8 pounds. 😥

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  3. William Mize says:

    I’m the opposite. I’d gladly give up internet access if I could have sex for two weeks.
    14 days of email versus 14 days of sex? No brainer!

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