When it comes to weight loss, there’s really only one “trick” to it: to burn more calories than you consume. Simple, right? Yes, but not easy. Motivation ebbs and flows, temptations arise, and habits persist. Ask anyone you know who has managed to shed pounds and reach their weight loss goal, and you’ll get a different answer about the secret to their success in overcoming obstacles along the way. But one thing many of them will have in common is clarity about when they got serious about losing weight.
Believe it or not, when you start your weight loss journey can actually have an impact on your success. Of course, it won’t be all that matters, but it can make a difference. Take a look below at some ideas for the best time to start a weight loss regimen.
First Things First
Many people starting a new weight loss regimen are already looking for a fresh start, so it makes sense that the first day of the week or month are popular days to kick it off. Starting on a Monday means you have a “last blast” weekend of indulgence before hunkering down for the week, and starting on the first day of a new month makes your weight loss journey and results easier to track.
Exception to the Rule
The only exception to the popularity of “firsts” is the first of the year. As the saying goes, New Year’s resolutions are meant to be broken. How many times have you or someone you know promised to maintain a new, healthy lifestyle or start an intense weight loss regimen on January 1, only to give up before Valentine’s Day? Choosing the first day of the week or month instead has less cultural baggage than the first day of the year.
Making major changes at the beginning of a new season is also common. Spring cleaning often inspires people to declutter and organize all aspects of their lives, including diet and exercise. Spring also precedes swimsuit season, giving you plenty of time (and motivation) to get in shape. And for students, the start of a new semester is a great time to move forward with new goals.
Landmark dates such as birthdays and anniversaries seem to carry more weight when people make life-changing promises to themselves, especially as they get older. Celebrating the survival of another full year and hoping there are many years to come can be incredibly motivating. Birthdays also play into the “fresh start” theme, while wedding anniversaries give couples the opportunity to embark on new goals together. Other anniversaries, such as those marking the passing of a loved one, can be inspiring as well when someone wants to change their life in honor of a friend or family member who always wanted the best for them.
Could your fresh start use a little boost?
Starting any new lifestyle regimen is tough, especially weight loss. We’re surrounded by temptation all day, and sometimes willpower just doesn’t cut it. At Viva Wellness in San Diego, we understand the challenges and frustrations that come with new weight loss regimens, which is why we offer medical weight loss therapy. With a combination of diet, exercise, and prescription appetite suppressants, 90 percent of the patients on our programs reach their weight loss goals and become happier and healthier. We’d love to help you get the same results, so give us a call to schedule your consultation today.