This is hands down the HARDEST time of the year to be sticking to a diet, keeping up with exercise and counting calories. For many, it adds to the stress most of us already experience during the holiday season. It makes me wonder if it would better (and less stressful) to just put the diet "on hold" until January 1.

It's not news that the holiday season can see people pack on the pounds, but a new survey shows that if that sounds like you, you're not alone: 47 percent of those polled admit to ditching their healthy eating habits for the holidays.

Forty-seven percent of the 2,000 people polled for Herbalife Nutrition's annual "Writing Off the End of the Year" survey say they're doing just that when it comes to eating cookies, cakes and other seasonal seductions.

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The survey noted that 41 percent of us use the holidays as an excuse to wait until January 1 to get healthy, and that's down from the 47 percent from 2018's poll.

More than half of the people polled say holiday treats and sweets are a major temptation for them this time of year, with 54 percent admitting to already indulging in more than one dessert at a meal. Thirty-six percent say they've eaten multiple holiday dinners in a day and, not surprisingly, 30 percent say they've had to undo a button because of their pigging out, yikes.

The average person expects to gain six pounds during the holidays – and with that in mind, three in 10 say they're deliberately planning to eat more (oh no!), because their New Year's resolution is to get healthy and more fit.

In fact, some 33 percent said fitness is their goal for 2020, with "exercise more" being the top New Year's resolution. "Eat healthier" came in second, with "save more money" coming in third, "focus on self-care" ranked fourth, and "make new friends" rounding out the top five.

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