Being a registered dietitian, I enjoy when people are excited to make changes to their diet and exercise program. However, January 1st is the absolute worst time to start a new diet. When you make a new year’s resolution, you are setting yourself up for failure.
Dictionary.com defines a resolution as “a firm decision to do or not to do something.”
So what’s the problem with that? When someone makes a resolution, it comes with the stigma that you are either doing something or not. 36% of people that make resolutions don’t even stick with it for a full month (in fact, only 8% of people follow their resolutions for the full year). What that means is that on January 10th, when you go out with your friends and eat a toasted ravioli *gasp* you realize you didn’t stick with your diet. And then it’s over – your whole diet is out the window, because of one stinkin’ ravioli.
I am 100% on board with people trying to change their eating patterns, but a successful diet is one that is compatible with your life. To be successful, one must allow themselves to have an occasional treat and be able to eat without feeling deprived. Start changing your diet at your next meal – not at the beginning of a new year or Monday morning. Allow occasional slip-ups, skip on dessert and park in the back of the parking lot. Become healthy. But don’t ditch the diet because of one cheat meal (or cheat day – or cheat week). Make your own rules and celebrate your small victories!