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Herbalife Nutrition Study Reveals Asia Pacific Consumers Eat More, Exercise Less and Gain an Average of 3 Kilograms Around Christmas and the New Year
HONG KONG, Dec. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

Premier global nutrition company, Herbalife Nutrition, today 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:

1.Eat before the celebration: when you are hungry, it is tempting to start 
feasting as soon as you arrive at the party. To prevent overeating, snack on 
healthy, protein-rich foods such as unsalted baked almonds, a protein bar or 
yogurt before heading to a dinner party. 
2.Focus on lean protein plus vegetables: instead of carbohydrate-heavy and 
rice-based dishes, select mains that include lean protein or salads and 
vegetables. 
3.Eat small portions, slowly: focus on the quality and not the quantity of food 
and take smaller portions and eat slowly. Not only does this satisfy your 
craving for festive favorites, it will help your brain register when you are 
full before you start to indulge in more. 
4.Limit your alcohol and sweetened beverage intake: consuming excessive amounts 
of alcohol or sweetened beverages is one of the biggest causes of weight gain. 
To prevent this, limit your intake of such beverages and opt for plain water or 
unsweetened drinks instead.

Summary of Survey Findings  

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Infographic: Herbalife Nutrition APAC Holiday Eating Survey


When comparing the holiday eating and exercise habits of consumers across Asia 
Pacific during Christmas: 

--Philippines had largest percentage of consumers (94 percent) who tend to eat 
more food than usual during the holidays, followed by Hong Kong (92 percent) 
and Japan (89 percent) -- all ranking higher than the Asia Pacific average of 
86 percent. 
--Consumers in the Philippines also eat less healthily than usual (77 percent) 
and postpone healthy eating (67 percent), compared to other markets in the 
region. 

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When it comes to celebrating the New Year:

--Philippines also topped the list with the largest percentage of consumers (94 
percent) who tend to consume more food than usual, followed by Thailand (93 
percent), Indonesia (88 percent) and Japan (88 percent). 
--Consumers in the Philippines also displayed the highest tendencies to eat 
less healthily than usual (78 percent) and postpone healthy eating (66 percent) 
until after the New Year.

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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.

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About Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.

Herbalife Nutrition is a global company that has been changing people's lives 
with great nutrition products and a proven business opportunity for its 
independent members since 1980. The Company offers high-quality, science-backed 
products, sold in over 90 countries by entrepreneurial members  who provide 
one-on-one coaching and a supportive community that inspires their customers to 
embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through the Company's global 
campaign to eradicate hunger, Herbalife Nutrition is also committed to bringing 
nutrition and education to communities around the world.

For more information, please visit 
IAmHerbalifeNutrition.com(https://iamherbalifenutrition.com/).

The company also encourages investors to visit its investor relations website 
at ir.herbalife.com as financial and other information is updated and new 
information is posted.

SOURCE  Herbalife Nutrition Asia Pacific
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