new year's resolution weight loss

If you have ever been the member of any gym, you know that January is a pretty annoying month. All of a sudden, the parking lot is flooded, there’s never any room in the classes and it takes about an hour to get a turn on a good elliptical. This is because of the New Year’s resolution each person made to him- or herself on the first day of the year. They internally (and often externally) insist this will finally be the year they buckle down, go to the gym every day and “lose the weight.” And then February comes.

Just as suddenly as it started, the gym is back to normal. The traffic has subsided, you can park fairly close besides during rush hour and early morning classes are only about three-quarters full.

So what happened in the mean time? Well, all of the people who made those resolutions overloaded themselves trying to complete them in as short a time period as possible, though it’s fairly common knowledge that the faster you lose weight, the more likely it is to come back in full force (if not more). In general, it’s just not a great plan to rush into shedding pounds. And yet, every year, millions of people resolve to lose weight. In fact, a whole 39% of people who voted on this poll said that losing weight and getting in shape was their goal this year.

Believe me, I get it: not only can excess fat hurt your health, we also live in a culture that values thinness, so losing weight is often a step in the direction of increased self confidence. But let’s be honest: most people do not complete their weight loss resolutions (at least, not as quickly and easily as they initially plan). Here’s a look at why that may be.

Photo: Flickr / Alan Cleaver[ITPGallery]