This Is the Lightest You'll Weigh This Entire Year

Say hello to holiday weight gain because you're at your lowest weight right now.

October 5, 2016
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Jot it down, because right now, you're at the lowest weight you'll be all year. Apologies. According to a new study, the first two weeks of October are your slimmest weeks of the year, and it only goes up from here, since gaining weight over the holidays is inevitable. In fact, it's even expected.

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Over the course of a year, researchers collected data from the wireless weighing scales of about 1,800 American, 800 German, and 400 Japanese participants. The results weren't shocking. Unsurprisingly, the average person weighted the most around New Year's Day (time for resolutions, anyone?).

Research says the beginning of October is your slimmest time, and you'll continue to gain weight for the next three months. 

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Granted, it's a bit difficult to avoid the plethora of family meals, holiday parties, and calorie-laden foods that enter this time of year. 'Tis the season for family, fun and food. We're all guilty of mindfully indulging during the holidays (hello creamy cheesecakes, decadent pies, and mouthwatering cookies).

The fact is, it's all fun and games until January hits. The same study shows that it takes nearly five months to lose the weight you've gained in the final three months of the previous year, and to return to that early October weight. 

It might take you until late April to get back on track, but don't worry, these 20 mini sweat anthems will get you moving. Cheers!