New Year's Resolutions: 5 Ways To Profit

It's that time of year when everyone makes New Year's resolutions.

Of course, you could make a resolution about anything but there are certain themes that seem to be most popular this time of the year and they usually involve personal growth in some way.

The most popular New Year's resolutions usually involve health and fitness. Whether it is vowing to lose ten or twenty pounds or simply to eat "healthier" or to get in shape in some way, gyms across America will be packed over the next two weeks and people will be shopping for healthy food and trying new diets.

Did you know that January is the busiest month of the year for the online dating sites?

It's also the month when the most people file for divorce.

Yep, apparently there IS a correlation there.

According to the experts, many people wait until the holidays are over to make changes in their love lives because they don't want to rock the boat during all the holiday celebrations. Once those holidays are over, there are break-ups and people are ready for someone new.

Finding love is a popular New Year's resolution.

Cash in on Everyone Else's Resolutions

For investors, there are some great ways to cash in on these New Years resolution trends, if you know where to look.

The #1 New Year's Resolution: To Lose Weight

For weight loss companies, January is their Super Bowl. It's the biggest quarter of the year.

But they have faced stiff competition from wellness devices like FitBit which aren't selling diets, but overall health.

Two of the biggest names in weight loss are Weight Watchers International, Inc. and Nutrisystem Inc.

Weight Watchers (WTW - Snapshot Report) was in a downward spiral in 2015. Earnings are expected to fall 64%.

But in October, Oprah Winfrey announced she had taken a 10% stake in the company and would be the new spokesperson.

It seems that Oprah has already begun to weave her magic because Humana, which has a partnership with Weight Watchers, saw a 19% spike in enrollment in its Weight Watchers program in the month that Oprah made her announcement.

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Disclosure: Tracey Ryniec is the Value Stock Strategist for Zacks.com. She is also the Editor of the  more

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