Although it may only be a myth that most people gain approximately 5 – 10 pounds during the holiday season, the fact remains that the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are typically the hardest time of the year to fight off tempting treats, and many of us do see the scales tip in the upwards direction, even if it’s only by a pound or two. While 1 – 2 pounds may not seem like such a big deal, the fact is that the amount of weight we can gain during the holiday season may be 50% of the weight we typically gain all year. Add to that the fact that if we don’t subsequently take off any extra weight gained, over time this extra little bit here and there can really add up and lead to a myriad of health-related problems. Think about this – if you gain just 1 – 2 pounds every year during the holidays and then don’t take off that weight, within ten years, that translates into a weight gain of 10 – 20 pounds, enough to make a big difference in how we look and feel.