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Is It Risky to Gain Weight Over the Holidays?

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Question: I usually gain a few pounds over the holidays, but am able to lose it again in the first couple months of the New Year. Is there any danger, if I gain then lose weight like this every year?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
It is quite normal to have your weight vary slightly, but try to avoid unplanned variations of more than 10 to 15 pounds. Although it may not cause any specific short-term health hazards, a weight gain followed by loss involving more than 5 to 7 percent of body weight is probably best to avoid.
 
Weight gain is associated with impaired glucose tolerance in those at risk for diabetes, and also stresses bones, muscles, and joints in addition to the immune system. Weight gain followed by cyclic loss does provide stress to your metabolism and your musculature, and is best avoided.
 
Gaining then losing weight can leave you with a net loss of muscle tissue, which you definitely want to avoid.
 
Remember that muscle tissue consumes significant calories but has to be built gradually, while fat is a bulky storage that has little metabolic or calorie-consuming ability.
 
Your best option is to exercise regularly, and aim to build up muscle in preference to fat tissue. This will provide a more even metabolic balance and may also lessen the adverse effects of excess fat tissue accumulation.    


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