Dec 7, 2018

Simple tips to avoid gaining weight on holidays

It's the holiday season... and also of gaining weight. In fact, the parties and dinners, family, make the weight gain easier, this time of year. But a new study done in United Kingdom, suggests some simple tips, including weighing up regularly, which can help prevent weight gain.


The study, known as the winter Weight Watch, examined that offering simple advice to people about controlling food throughout the holidays could prevent weight gain. The results were published in the Christmas edition of the magazine "The BMJ"; The holiday edition searches for aspects that are more cheerful than the usual newspaper.

The 272 participants in the study were randomly divided into two groups. One of the groups was known as "the Intervention group", were advised to weigh at least twice a week at the time of the holidays, recording and reflecting on their weight. This group also received 10 tips on how to control weight. These tips included some care, limiting alcohol, sugary beverages and also dedicate themselves to regular physical activity.

This group also received a training plan suitable for its characteristics, showing in detail what they needed to do to burn certain foods and beverages. For example, 16 minutes of running burned three baked granes potatoes, and a glass of hot small wine would require 33 minutes of walking.

The other group, known as "control group", received a brochure on how to lead a healthier lifestyle, not including some type of dietary or specific counseling.

The researchers weighed the participants of the Christmas vacation (in November or December) and then about a month later (in January or February).

The study found that the participants of the "control group" gained a little weight on vacation (0.8 kg or 0.4 kg, on average). The intervention group has not gained weight. Overall, the participants of the "The Intervention group" at the end had at least 0.5 kg, on average, that the "control group".

Although the difference in weights between the two groups is small, it is important, given that "if any increase in weight is prevented will have a positive impact on people's health," the authors said. 

The researchers observed that their studies had some limitations; The follow-up period was relatively short, and most of the participants were females who had a healthy weight or overweight, instead of obesity. So it is not clear that this study applies to another group of people. 

Still, "These results should be considered as healthy policies to prevent weight gain in high-risk periods," the authors concluded.