Syosset, New York - People have joked about it for years. She gets married. She gets fat. But the truth is that both men and women pack on more pounds after saying "I do" than they would if remaining single.
Love, it appears, makes you happy - but it makes you fat, too, says Sharon Livingston, Ph.D., who conducted a fascinating survey of more than 1,500 single and married people nation-wide about their weights.
Syosset, New York - What's your diet personality - and how will it help you keep a New Year's resolution to lose weight?
Psychologist Sharon Livingston of Executive Solutions has the answers after recently completing a nationwide study of 1,500 people on the relationship between diet and personality type. They conclude that personality strongly influences success on certain types of diets, particularly around the New Year.
"Statistically, people tend to 'cluster' into one of five groups, distinguished by the foods that they crave AND the feelings behind the cravings," said Dr. Sharon Livingston, CEO of Executive Solutions. Here are the five clusters, along with their "mottos":
Syosset, New York - If you own a dog or have kids at home, you're more likely to make a New Year's diet resolution than if you own a cat or have no kids. And if you make that resolution, you'll probably comply better if you're compassionate, social, manage time well, have a good memory and seek personal growth.
Those are just some of the fascinating findings of a nationwide survey of 600 people on dieting habits conducted by Executive Solutions.
"People with children and dogs may have more demands on them than childless people or owners of low maintenance cats," said Sharon Livingston, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and CEO of Executive Solutions. "Those demands may push them to eat more for comfort - especially around the holidays - and feel more pressure afterwards to undo their "sins.'"
The study revealed that of the 38 percent of the population that makes dieting New Year's resolutions, about one in five will succeed long-term.
"One important element of success is compassion, particularly for oneself in allowing for slip-ups without being overly punitive," said Dr. Livingston.