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Do you give up your weight loss efforts during the holidays? You are not alone. Studies show that many Americans gain between five to seven pounds during the holiday season. There is no question that the temptation to overindulge is everywhere. However, you shouldn't give in to the weight gain because in most cases, you won't get rid of the excess weight over the following year. This holiday weight gain adds up and is difficult to get off. A good realistic goal or “holiday attitude” is to maintain your weight through the holidays. You can still enjoy the season while feeling good about your accomplishment. Letting yourself go is not the answer. If you've developed healthy eating habits over the previous 10.5 months, don't blow all that you've worked for in the last 1.5 months. By practicing healthy eating behavior throughout the year, hopefully, you will not feel the need to go wild during the holidays.