The holidays are not only an excuse to shop but also to eat a lot. The season of eating usually begins a week prior to Halloween and then ends a week after the New Year. Everybody worries about the dreaded weight gain that happens over the holidays. An average American can gain between five and seven pounds of new weight during this time. However if you are fit and active you are less likely to gain weight. Read about the strategies to help you navigate the holidays without gaining those extra pounds.