3 Reasons To Start Your Weight Loss New Year’s Resolution Early

December 5, 2017

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blog_resolutionSixty-three million! That’s how many 2017 New Year’s resolution searches were conducted on how to “get healthy.” This made it the most popular New Year’s resolution category by far, beating its next closest rival “get organized” by almost double. Among the multiple ways to get healthy, losing weight was far and away the most popular resolution.

 

It’s clear from this data that people want to lose weight and get fit. So this begs the question: Why wait for the new year?

Of course the new year holds symbolism as a time of renewal, with January 1st serving as the proverbial starting line to begin that transformation. New Year’s “Resolutioneers” can also take some comfort in the fact that they are not alone in their quest to improve, knowing that there is a vast community of change-seekers out there sharing the same kind of experiences.

Those are great traditional reasons for using the new year as a gateway to enhanced health, there are even better reasons to go against the New Year’s grain and start early.

1. Your life is happening now.

Most people spend a tremendous amount of time thinking about how they are going to improve their lives, but often put off taking action to do it. In a way, New Year’s resolutions enable procrastination by reinforcing the notion that “now is not the time,” or “I’ll do it when….” They also have the possibility of backfiring by placing too much pressure on you to succeed in a short amount of time. It may be one reason why only 8% of people actually follow through with their New Year’s resolutions and 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February

The truth is that January 1st is just a date on a calendar. You wake up every day to new choices and possibilities. There is never a perfect time to start something new. You just need to start, even if that is during the Thanksgiving and winter holiday season. According to a recent study, 45 percent of Americans say they’re postponing any resolution to lose weight until after the holidays. However, the average person gains 6 pounds in holiday weight, so putting off your goals shouldn’t be an option.

2. Free yourself to focus on other goals

It may be difficult to think about the rush of life’s activity that comes in January while wistfully sipping from champagne flutes and singing Auld Lang Syne, but make no mistake, it will happen. Workloads and pressures build up at the office. Kids go back to school with their own extracurricular activities. And then there is just the unpredictability of life to factor into the equation.

If you’re like most people, you have interests and goals that you’d like to achieve outside of weight loss and your health. So why add to your burden by waiting to start until the New Year? By taking action to control your weight before January 1st, you will

already be ahead of the game. With your healthier self, you’ll be able to focus on those other resolutions, like getting more organized, traveling or reading more!

3. Be an inspiration to others

Do you have role models or mentors who inspire you? Well, who says you can’t be that role model for someone else? While at a holiday party or dinner, choose the vegetable hors d’oeuvres over the fried options. Forego the second glass of wine. Take a walk around the block after a big meal. Whether you realize it or not, those around you will take notice and admire your healthy choices, especially in the face of holiday temptation.

If you think getting a jump start on your New Year’s weight loss resolutions will steal your holiday cheer, think again. You will be amazed at the amount of energy you’ll bring to the holiday season, and your positivity will spread to others. And isn’t that what the holiday season is all about? So get going!

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