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If you're anything like I am, you probably found yourself saying that it was totally OK to just eat one more cookie over the holidays. Problem is, that inner monologue happened about 10 times for an entire two weeks, leaving you with a little extra chub as you head back to work this week.
Like death and taxes, it's normal for people to put on a few pounds over the holidays. That's what happens when you mix drinking with friends and family, eating larger-than-normal meals and have sweets to indulge on at all times.
And, while you hope you'll be able to shed the extra weight after a few weeks at the gym, scientists are here to pump the brakes on that theory, because they've discovered our weight peaks on January 3rd, and will stick around until the beginning of July, per Daily Mail.
The research comes from Cornell University—and was published in the New England Journal of Medicine—which studied nearly 3,000 people from different parts of the world to see how they put on pounds during the holidays, then wondered how people went about shedding the weight. That led researchers to discover that, while some people lost half of their extra Christmas weight by the end of January, most still carried around extra flub until the summer months.
Per the official study:
"Although up to half of holiday weight gain is lost shortly after the holidays, half the weight gain appears to remain until the summer months or beyond. Of course, the less one gains, the less one then has to worry about trying to lose it."
This figure further illustrates when the countries studied gained the most weight:
As one can see, it's right around this time of year we all pack on pounds, so try to do yourself a favor and stick with a workout plan so you're not one of the millions who are paying the price for those extra cookies in December by the time July rolls around.