With weight loss the number one New Year resolution how come obesity levels are on the rise?
There must be a reason why so many of these resolutions fail within January with most people regaining any lost weight.
Where did New Year resolutions come from?
Around 4000 years ago the ancient Babylonians first began celebrating the New Year, on what would now be dated March 23rd. Their celebrations lasted 11 days with each passing day being significant in its own way.
It wasn’t until the reign of the Roman emperor Julius Caesar who moved the New Year to its current date January 1st, which makes sense really as January is named after the two-faced Roman god Janus who was known to look to both the past and the future.
During Roman times resolutions involved treating others better, but once Christianity started to become more popular New Year celebrations were more about prayer and fasting as they did not want to be seen to celebrate any pagan God.
During the 16th and 17th century the Puritans developed what we know as the modern New Year resolutions, which focus more on improving yourself.
Why do resolutions fail?
It is believed that there are two types of people, with one more likely to succeed at their New Year resolutions.
The one who is more likely to succeed will usually associate failure to lack of effort, while those more likely to fail tend to make excuses for their failure.
How to keep your New Year resolution to lose weight?
If you want to lose weight then you must not simply decide on New Year’s Eve to lose x amount of weight.
To succeed you need to put more thought into your plan:
- Be committed to change
- Have strategies in place for unexpected problems
- Keep track of your progress, so keep you motivated
If you do not believe in yourself then you are more likely to fail. Self belief will help with your weight loss efforts, although there are ways that you can increase your chances of success:
- Your goal should be achievable
- Goals should be part of a long term plan
- Your plan should be thought out thoroughly
- You should monitor your plan
- Self belief is incredibly important
You can certainly lose weight in the New Year, just make sure you do not give up at the first sign of trouble.
Is weight loss going to be your New Years resolution?