Holiday Gains

The holiday season makes it easy to put on pounds

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Joe Padula

Many Americans pack on the pounds during the holiday season.

Noah D'Angelo, Staff Writer

With the holiday season kicking off this Thursday, people are really looking forward to the delicious food. But with all these tasty morsels comes consequences. Weight gain is at an avid march during the holiday season.

Indeed, the average American consumes approximately 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat from eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. And that doesn’t include breakfast, lunch, or late-night snacking on leftovers.

The average American consumes approximately 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat from eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. ”

Studies show that the average American gains 1 to 2 pounds during the holiday season (Thanksgiving-New Year). Those extra pounds tend to become permanent baggage. Year after year, those pounds can add up, and contribute to weight gain or obesity later in life.

The giant splurge on food typically takes more of a toll on the older folks. Their metabolisms are slower and therefore can’t break down the food quick enough and deliver energy to the rest of the body. The younger generations are more at a benefit during the seasons because they tend to have higher metabolisms and partake in physical activity more frequently.

Senior Cory Parson is a baseball player who stays active year round. “This Thanksgiving I plan on pigging out to the max,” said Cory.

One person who plans on taking it light on the dinner plate this year is Spanish teacher Señora Smith.

“I don’t need to gain ANY more weight,” she said.

But instead of worrying about the weight gain, take some smarter steps towards enjoying the foods you love the most. Eat higher-calorie foods in smaller portions. Try to mix in some fruits and veggies with all of the protein and carbohydrates.

Most importantly, make time for exercise. Whether it’s a trip to the gym or just a casual walk with the fam, it will be beneficial to your health.