This Is Probably the Least You’ll Weigh All Year

Congratulations. If you are anything like the Americans in a study by a Cornell University professor, your weight will reach an annual low this week or the next. But don’t get too excited — you’ll most likely get fatter soon.

Later this month, the numbers on your scale will begin a long climb past holidays like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, peaking around New Year’s Day, according to research published last month as a letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine.

What’s worse, those extra holiday pounds tend to stick around for quite some time.

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