If you have consumed a little too much over the festive period then this article might make for sobering reading. It claims that it takes most people three months to lose the excess weight they put on over the festive period. According to an MSN survey three quarters of people over indulge at Christmas and suffer the consequences of an expanded waistline. Personally I have lost a great deal of weight over the Christmas period but then I suppose I did just give birth to a baby which helps. I still have a few pounds to shed in the new year though, so will be starting a exercise regime again soon to get back in shape.