4 Holiday Habits That Slow Your Metabolism

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1. Being a stressed-out maniac-
Back when we were hunters and gathers being chased by lions, our bodies programmed themselves to conserve energy and store fat in high-stress situations. ... more 
Photo by: WWD
1. Being a stressed-out maniac-
Back when we were hunters and gathers being chased by lions, our bodies programmed themselves to conserve energy and store fat in high-stress situations. Thing is, this fight-or-flight trait has stuck with us -- so when we get into crazy-stressed holiday mode (shopping, cleaning, cooking, entertaining guests and relatives, sitting in traffic jams, argh!), our metabolism slows and body fat increases.

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Tue, Nov 8, 2011 4:41 PM EST
By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine



Most studies indicate that people gain an average of two pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's. This doesn't sound like a lot, but the larger issue is that most people don't ever lose the extra weight. In order to keep your metabolism humming -- and prevent thigh and belly bulge -- avoid these 4 holiday habits: