I'm thinking about making a New Year's Resolution to lose weight? Is it worth doing or just a waste of time?
The average American gains about a pound during the holiday season. That doesn't sound like much, but most people continue to hold on to the extra weight permanently. So over the course of a decade, that adds up to some fairly substantial padding. It's not surprising that after the last present is opened and the calendar flips to a new year, a good percentage of us declare it's time to get in shape and lose weight.
I don't think resolutions are bad. In fact, I think they can be very productive. The problem is that by mid-January, about 30 percent of resolutioners have already slacked off, and fewer than half still stick with their plan by the six-month mark.