During the Holidays (American Thanksgiving - New Years)
The average North American gains about 1 pound
Not 7-12 like some people might have you think (i.e. gyms with new years deals)
And 1lbs doesn't sounds like a lot.
But most people don't LOSE the 1lbs they gain during the holidays
And since Most Adults gain about 1-2 pounds a year
that means that much of midlife weight gain can be attributed to holiday weight gain.
Watch what you eat this holiday season
Stick to water instead of high calorie beverages
Go easy on the sauce, gravy and butters
Never go to a holiday party hungry
Take small portions the first time around so if you go back for seconds you don't feel too guilty
Don't Hang out by the Food
And Get 30 Minutes of Physical Activity a Day.
-try going for a walk, getting on the stationary bike, go tobogganing or skating
Or Split it Up through out the day
Its Okay to get 3, 10 minute bouts of exercise during the day.