How much does the average person gain during the holiday season?
Research indicates that Americans are gaining an average of .4 to 1.8 pounds each year during their adult lives. Some of those pounds may be added during the holiday season.
A couple of research studies have shown the following results. In the March 2000 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the National Institutes of Health reported on a study of weight gain during the six-week interval between Thanksgiving and New Year's in 195 healthy volunteers. They found that the participants gained an average of 1.05 pounds by late February or March. That doesn't sound like much, but when the participants were weighed a year later, they still had not dropped that extra pound. The weight gain was greater among participants who were overweight or obese, with 14 percent gaining more than five pounds.
Another study, published in the Nutrition Journal in November of 2006, investigated Thanksgiving holiday weight gain among 94 college students. On the average, males gained 1.3 pounds, females gained .9 pounds, graduate students gained 1.8 pounds, and overweight or obese participants gained 2.2 pounds.
Why not try a "zero weight gain" campaign at work, home, or school this holiday season?
Q: Can you tell me how many calories are in alcohol?
A: Good question - especially this time of year! Let's remember that if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly and in moderation - defined as the consumption of up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. Alcohol beverages supply calories but few nutrients and may contribute to unwanted weight gain.
Here's a listing of the number of calories in alcohol:
Alcohol Serving Average (ounces) Calories
Regular (12) 149
Light (12) 110
80-proof gin, rum, (1.5) 98
Vodka, whiskey, tequila, brandy, cognac (1.5) 98
Liqueurs (1.5) 188
Red (5) 96
Dry white (5) 90
Sweet (5) 126
Sherry (2) 75
Port (2) 90
Champagne (4) 84
Vermouth, sweet (3) 140
Vermouth, dry (3) 105
Martini (traditional) (2.25) 124
Martini (extra dry) (2.25) 139
Cosmopolitan (2.75) 146
Mojito (6) 143
Margarita (4) 168
Pina Colada (9) 460
Manhattan (3.5) 164
Daquiri (4) 122
Whiskey sour (3) 122
- Susan Krumm is an Extension agent in family and consumer sciences with K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County, 2110 Harper St. She can be reached at 843-7058.