Carlsbad, Calif., and New York, NY — (December 5, 2012) —The holidays can be a hectic time, and for many women, the stress takes a toll on their waistlines, says a new survey from FITNESS Magazine and Jenny Craig. According to results, even though the majority of women have been on at least one diet during the past two years, nearly half (47 percent) admit to gaining an average of four to five pounds during the holiday/winter months.
“The holidays can be a difficult time as there are so many delicious options at parties and dinners,” said Barbara Rolls, Professor of Nutritional Sciences and the Helen A. Guthrie Chair in Nutrition at The Pennsylvania State University and founder of the Volumetrics® Approach to eating, exclusively featured in the Jenny Craig program. “Moderation is key. You can enjoy your favorite holiday treats, but do so in smaller portions and be sure to fill up on lots of lower-density foods such a big salad. Just hold the creamy dressing.”
According to the survey data, rich comfort food and an increase in social gatherings were the primary culprits for weight gain. Nearly two-thirds of women (61 percent) noted that they could not resist the allure of tasty treats often available during the holiday season. Increased stress, limited selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, and decreased activity (due to a slump in motivation) also factored into cold-weather weight gain. Sixty-six percent cited that they are less motivated to be physically active during the winter months.
FITNESS Magazine and Jenny Craig have teamed up to offer some tips so consumers can still indulge while avoiding the bulge:
“We hope that these survey results empower consumers to take a proactive approach when it comes to managing their weight during the holidays,” said Dana Fiser, CEO of Jenny Craig. “Jenny’s one-on-one consultations provide clients with successful strategies to create a healthy relationship with food, while encouraging moderate activity and a balanced approach to living, which can help achieve and maintain a healthy weight. In fact, Jenny clients lose three times more weight than dieting on their own.”*
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*Rock CL, Flatt SW, Karanja N, et al. JAMA. 2010;304 (16): 1803-1811. Clients following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
All data collected by Research Solutions, Inc. using standard online research methods.
Target: All available female members of The Fitness Forum. Unless otherwise indicated, all findings are based off of the 1,421 qualified respondents available at field closing. Findings are rounded to the whole percent. As a result, the total may not add to 100%.
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