New Year’s Resolution: What Weight Cycling & a Mild Chicago Winter Have in Common


As we venture into 2016, most of us will make New Year’s resolutions. According to recent statistics, 45% of Americans generally make such resolutions. Unsurprisingly, the number one resolution is to lose weight. Although secondary resolutions include getting organized and living life to the fullest, our attention was caught by the first one. Believe it or not, losing weight and preparing for winter actually have a lot of things in common.

First, most people who try to lose weight fall victim to Weight Cycling. Also referred to as "Yo-Yo Dieting," Weight Cycling occurs when people are haphazard about their health and fitness routines, leading to drastic swings in body weight and overall muscle tone. I think we can all agree that this is not the healthiest or smartest way to manage health. The fact remains, though, that most people don’t worry about calorie intake or muscle tone until problems have already arrived: their cholesterol is too high and their pants don’t fit. By that time, they’re already candidates for heart disease, diabetes, and other ancillary problems.

Unfortunately, many people also approach winter preparedness in the same haphazard way that they approach fitness. They don’t think about the details of snow removal, ice management, or other cold-weather issues until the storms are already upon them. By that time, they’re already candidates for being snowed-in, suffering infrastructure damage from ice accumulation, or fending off slip-and-fall lawsuits.

We’ve noticed that here in Illinois, when we experience a relatively mild start to winter as we have this year, businesses tend to be especially lax about ensuring that they’re ready for big storms. As one of the leading commercial snow removal and ice management services to the greater Chicagoland area, we’ve already seen this cycle play out many times.

It’s our hope that this year, you won’t fall victim to what we call "Weather Cycling."

As we mentioned above, 45% of Americans will make New Year’s Resolutions this year. According to Forbes, however, only 8% of them will keep those resolutions. If you’re making a mental resolution right now not to fall victim to Weather Cycling, be sure to follow through on that resolution.

To ensure that your business is protected from snow, ice, and other ravages of winter storms, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to contracting with you.