The holidays are officially upon us! While this season can be a fun time spent with family and friends, all the hustle and bustle can make it a somewhat stressful time, too.

Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab conducted a study* in the United States and looked at year-round weight patterns of nearly 3,000 people. Their data came from daily weigh-ins of consumers who’d purchased wireless scales and had agreed to have their measurements collected and analyzed. The researchers found that the participants’ weight began to rise throughout October and November, and peaked 10 days after Christmas. On average, people’s weight increased about 1.3 pounds during the Christmas-New Year’s season.

Mental health can be affected during the holidays, too. A recent study by the American Psychology Association* found that 38 percent of 2,000 people surveyed said their stress level increased during the holiday season. Participants listed the top stressors: lack of time, lack of money, commercialism, the pressures of gift-giving, and family gatherings.

Naturally Slim’s** Registered Dietician Nutritionist, Meridan Zerner, and Clinical Phsychologist, Dr. Dana Labat, created a short video with some practical tips we can all use to enjoy our favorite foods and navigate stressful situations this holiday season.

Watch it below.

Happy Holidays!

*Source: Healthline

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