The fun and excitement of Christmas has begun to fade as the anticipation mounts for all things new in 2018. January 1 is, and always has been, the most popular time to begin something new or make a fresh start. Holidays are often scheduled at the start of the year to, “start the year off right” in hopes of setting a positive tone for the rest of the year. Businesses set goals and projections for the next 12 months and even work with staff to establish each individual's personal goals to foster growth within the company. And individuals around the world boldly set new year's resolutions in an effort to overcome or achieve those things that had always been just out of reach. Not surprisingly many of those resolutions have to do with health and weight loss.
I know what you're thinking. If people everywhere are making resolutions every year around health, why are the number of overweight/obese people and the lifestyle diseases that go with still increasing? Why? Because you're right, it is happening every year. Let me clarify. The sole purpose of making a resolution is to get past, overcome or achieve whatever has been holding you back and to move on - not to have it hanging on like a monkey on your back 12 months later. Sadly, when it comes to weight loss this is exactly what's happening.
A new year brings optimism, opportunity, inspiration, and that little extra motivation needed to take that first step and get started. Quite frankly at this time of the year most people are fired up and so ready to make a change that getting started is rarely an issue. Staying focused, committed and on track come February and March however, is a whole different ball game. Sadly, statistics for sticking with and achieving a new years resolution is a dismal eight percent. The good news is that in most cases, the fault is not with the person, but rather the diet they chose to help them lose the weight.
More often than not, people are so ready for change that they just want to get started right away and fail to really check out what they are purchasing or signing up for. Ads that promise unrealistic results in a short period of time appeal to our emotions. Snap-decisions are made based on emotion and a desperate need to regain some control, rather than through a more rational thought process. And so the cycle of yo-yo dieting continues.
With so many ads, books, weight loss centres, pills and diets out there, how do you sift through the stuff and find what really works? First and foremost you need to know that diets don't work. If they did we wouldn't be having the national health crises we are currently having. Period. Oh sure, people do lose weight on a diet. The problem is they're losing and re-gaining that same 20, 30, 50lbs every year. Hardly a claim to success. Programs on the other hand are created to set you up for success. Let's do a few comparisons and you'll soon see the differences for yourself.
Diets restrict calories as well as limit and omit certain food groups. They also require perfection in order to have success. And since no one is perfect, it's not surprising that statistics report less than one percent of people can maintain a diet for life. Programs teach people how to eat the foods they love correctly in a way that allows the body to turn on metabolism and release fat. Diets require supplements, injections, hormones, etc., to get results and more often than not participants gain back the weight and then some once they stop. Programs recommend supplements that will fill in any nutritional gaps, enhance results and improve overall health. Diets are extremely difficult if not impossible to maintain while on vacation, during holidays, eating out, having a glass of wine – basically doing life. Programs are based on science and provide the education and system needed to set yourself up to win no matter where you are in the world, or your life.
So this year if you're resolving to lose weight and take back control of your health again, I invite you to do it different this year. Avoid making an emotional decision and get some information. Ask yourself these three things before you dive in; 1. Is this a program based on science and designed to work with the way my body metabolizes food? 2. Does the program make sense? 3. Can I do this for life? If you can answer “yes” to all three, you are setting yourself up to win with your health. This approach won't see you down 20 lbs in two weeks, but it also won't see you making the same weight loss resolution again next year either.
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