Big belly Britain: Number one resolution for Brits is to lose weight (but will they stick to it)
Feeling the squeeze: Millions of Britons will set resolutions to lose weight – but most will fail, a study reveals
It will come as no surprise to the millions who have just embarked upon a dreary diet plan that the most popular new year's resolution for Britons this year is to lose weight.
According to a new study, 95 per cent of Brits will endeavour to keep some sort of resolution, with travelling, getting out of a rut and reading more books making their way onto a list of the top ten most popular vows.
Saving money makes it onto the list at number four, while getting a new job is the fifth most popular resolution.
Family and friends get a mention, with spending more time with people who matter named as the sixth most common resolution made this year.
At eight, getting out of a rut, and at number nine, visiting a new country.
Without a doubt though, the majority of new year's resolutions made by Brits are some sort of vow to make 2012 a healthier year.
After losing weight, the second
most popular resolution is the pledge to get fit. Third is to eat more healthily.
Given our growing reputation as one of
the world's unhealthiest nations, the resolutions are wise.
A recent study revealed that a quarter of Britons are clinically obese, while British women to be the fattest in Europe. Worryingly, one in four school children is obese, and the number of people dying from
obesity-related illness has soared.
Sadly though, despite the nation's growing problem, we still find it almost impossible to stick to our resolutions.
TOP TEN RESOLUTIONS FOR 2012
1. Lose weight
2. Get fit
3. Eat more healthily
4. Save money/spend less
5. Get a new job
6. Spend more time with people who matter
7. Try new experiences
8. Get out of a rut
9. Visit a country you’ve never been to
10. Read more
Although so many start with good intentions, the majority will abandon them within a month, many even sooner, the Channel 4 study revealed.
In an attempt to help viewers with their resolutions, the television channel has developed an initiative along with their presenters that will keep them on the straight and narrow.
Called New Year's Revolutions, the public can sign up to the 31-day challenge and receive daily missions under the categories Get Fit, Save Money or Try Something New.
Motivational messages will be sent out by C4's TV presenters including Mrs Moneypenny from SuperScrimpers and the trainers at Fat Fighters.
The public will be able to follow their progress as each daily mission completed will end up on a personalised online ‘Wall of Achievement’.
There is potential for internet stardom too as some users will be featured on the New Year Revolution homepage if they are the first to complete a revolution or upload great content.
The challenge is fully integrated into Twitter and Facebook which allows your social networks to see what you’re up to and offer encouragement. Users will be encouraged with videos clips from each presenter and will be able to tweet and post a message on Facebook about their completed mission, as well as uploading clips to YouTube.
Visit www.revolution.channel4.com for more information.
CELEBRITY NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS FOR 2012
Kourtney Kardashian's resolution: Be nicer to her husband
KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN: To push the limits a little more when it comes to fashion design.
And a personal — and perhaps more challenging — goal: Be nicer to Scott!
KELLY OSBOURNE: Every year I've had a New Year's resolution, I haven’t stuck to it. I'd
say, 'I’m not going to eat this' — or 'I'm going I’m going to be
Then it was vegan, and that made me sick! For me it’s about
staying positive and focusing on the now and not the past.
change what happened — I try to take a lesson learned and turn it into a
NATASHA BEDINGFIELD: I’m very excited because I’m hopefully going to get my driver's license
— that’s been a resolution every year! So finally this is the year, and
for my birthday I’m getting a car!
JESSICA BIEL: I’d like to learn another language. But
I say that every year — I’ve said that for about 12 years now!'
DELTA GOODREM: I am really looking forward to the next year. [I want] good health and
happiness, and enjoy playing music and being around my friends.