Why Weight Loss is Not a Resolution

Happy New Year!!! Can you believe that it’s January 2015 already!? I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

With the ending of one year comes the beginning of a new year. Over the holiday season we find ourselves granting wishes for peace, joy, love, laughter, happiness, health, and so on for the New Year to all of our family, friends and colleagues. We spend time reflecting on how the year went and reminiscing about successes and failures and naturally find ourselves making resolutions for how we are going to finally get it right this year. We feel so motivated and full of confidence this is the year we are going to succeed.

According to a survey done on December 1, 2014 out of the University of Scranton, 75% of people maintain their resolution for the first week, 71% maintain it past 2 weeks, and 64% of people maintain their resolution at 1 month into the New Year. When you get to 6 months only 46% are still working towards their resolutions.

When they split the results looking at different age groups apparently 39% of people in their twenties achieve their resolution and only 14% of people over the age of 50 achieve their resolution. Unfortunately, they do not analyze the data any further to help us draw any further conclusions as to why more people in their twenties have greater success at achieving their resolutions.

The most popular New Year’s resolution in 2014 was to lose weight. This isn’t a big surprise to me, it always seems to be a hot topic in the media as well as with individuals I talk to. While I agree that setting a resolution and getting excited about achieving a goal is fantastic, I caution you to be specific and realistic about the resolution and pace yourself. If your goal is too broad you may wind up feeling discouraged that you are not achieving your goal when in reality there are at least 20 goals you need to accomplish before you achieve the original goal you set for yourself. So in the end, you should really not be discouraged that you didn’t achieve it the first time as you were simply unaware of all the other obstacles you needed to address to make you successful. Make sure the goals that you make are achievable, specific and action oriented! Instead of aiming to “lose weight” decide to be active a certain number of times a week or to eat a balanced plate for every meal. These action oriented goals are easier to measure and easier to track results – not to mention that maintaining this goal will likely lead to weight loss!

Or you could get started on Dr. Oz’s Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Plan or Dr. Bernstein’s plan or and drop outrageous amounts of weight in no time at all and reach your New Year’s resolution goal by the end of January or February at the very latest!! Hahaha just kidding!! Hopefully you’ve gotten the idea from our Ditch the Diet series about the effectiveness of weight loss fads.