Along with souvenirs, there's a good chance you'll return from your vacation with some extra weight, new research suggests. The study looked at 122 American adults, aged 18 to 65, who went on vacations ranging from one to three weeks between March and August. Sixty-one percent gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds, and that weight tended to stay on after they returned home. Some gained as much as 7 pounds, while others lost weight, the investigators found.
One of the main contributors to vacation weight gain was increased intake of calories, especially from alcohol. The average number of drinks went from eight a week before vacation to 16 a week while on vacation, the researchers said. The findings are alarming, according to study author Jamie Cooper, an associate professor in the department of foods and nutrition at the University of Georgia.
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