17 December 2019 | Analysis
According to Herbalife Nutrition Study, Asia Pacific Consumers Eat more, Exercise less and gain an average of 3 Kilograms around Christmas and the New Year
Premier global nutrition company, Herbalife Nutrition, has released new findings from its Asia Pacific Holiday Eating Survey 2019, conducted with 5,500 respondents across Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The survey findings revealed that Christmas and New Year are among the major holidays that pose the greatest challenges for consumers to continue exercising and eating healthily during the festive celebrations.
"Christmas and New Year are when families come together to celebrate over good food, yet many tend to abandon their healthy eating and fitness goals during this time of year," said Stephen Conchie, senior vice president and managing director, Herbalife Nutrition Asia Pacific. "We have uncovered some of the biggest challenges consumers face during the holidays, with the hope of helping them identify their own habits to be able to maintain their goals during the festive seasons."
As a result of overeating and exercising less around the holidays, Asia Pacific consumers found themselves gaining an average of 3 kilograms in weight following the Christmas and New Year holidays. To lose the weight, over half (54 percent) of Asia Pacific consumers would eat more healthily and 46 percent would make an effort to exercise more once the festivities are over.
Despite the efforts, close to one in four (24 percent) Asia Pacific consumers did not manage to lose the weight they gained after the festive season, showing that maintaining healthy lifestyle habits throughout the festive season could be a better way to support long-term well-being.
To aid weight management during Christmas and the New Year, Herbalife Nutrition recommends:
Summary of Survey Findings
When comparing the holiday eating and exercise habits of consumers across Asia Pacific during Christmas:
When it comes to celebrating the New Year:
While consumers are eating more during Christmas and the New Year, close to half (49 percent) of Asia Pacific consumers said that they felt guilty for eating less healthily during the holidays.
Asia Pacific consumers shared that alcohol, stuffed turkey, cakes and pastries were the hardest foods to give up during Christmas, while desserts, rice cakes and alcohol were the hardest foods to give up during the New Year.
Exercise Takes a Backseat for Asia Pacific Consumers During Holiday Seasons
When it comes to exercise, over three in five said that they tend to exercise less when Christmas and the New Year come around, while over half (56 percent) would postpone their exercise regime until after the holidays.
Across the region, Indonesia and Vietnam stood out with consumers who were less likely to exercise as Christmas (73 percent) and the New Year (73 percent) draw near. In addition, consumers in the Philippines (60 percent) were most likely to postpone their exercise regime until after Christmas, while consumers in Vietnam (68 percent) were most likely to postpone their exercise regime until after the New Year.