The annual eating extravaganza lasts from Halloween through the Super Bowl. Most people estimate that they gain five pounds between November and the end of January. Actually, the news is not that bad – the average weight gain is one pound during the winter holidays. The terrible news is that the extra one pound is probably permanent, since few people lose it by the next summer. People who are already overweight tend to gain more than one pound and they too don’t lose it.
The tendency to pack on the pounds during the holidays starts in the late teens. People don’t just overeat at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner: there is more snacking, more alcohol and more high calories foods.
My recommendation is the two-bite rule. Have two bites of whatever you want. I assure you that the third, fourth and fifth bites taste exactly the same, so why bother?