New research has validated an equation we all probably know too well – going on holiday means gaining weight for most people.
While previous studies showed that particular holidays such as Christmas led to extra pounds, the latest analysis also considered the impact of shorter breaks on your body. TheJournal.ie reported that holidaymakers normally put on one pound on breaks lasting up to three weeks, but some actually can actually gain up to seven pounds in that time.
Considering that people usually put on between one and two pounds in an entire year, Associate Professor in the department of food and nutrition at Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Jamie Cooper said the increase was “pretty substantial” in such a short time. He warned that the findings backed the notion of a “creeping obesity” in society.
The US study focused on 122 adults aged between 18 and 65, who holidayed for between one and three weeks, was carried out over a six-month period. Results found that 61% of those involved put on weight – just under a pound. The reason for this was obvious, according to the researchers – people eat and drink more when they are away.
The study found that greater numbers now make an effort to exercise when on holidays. However that was more than offset by the decrease in activity when they returned home. The study also found that imbibing doubles from eight drinks per week when at home to 16 while away on holiday. Although it was noted that people returning to work felt less stressed after a holiday and with a reduction in their blood pressure. Details of the study were published in the journal, Physiology and Behavior.