Interesting Stats on Resolution Success
I’m sitting here in my office with a little extra time on my first day back from vacation. While I started with a full schedule this morning, a number of (new) patients didn’t show. This is unusual and it got me thinking about the motivation to change leading up to New Years and after. Did these individuals resolve to make some health changes in the new year but when it came time, commitment fell short? Was it just simply the fact that it was a cold, post-holiday Monday? So, of course, I googled it. This video was my first find and is a great and llustration of research done by Dr. Mike Evans comparing success of behavior change following New Years’ resolutions versus resolutions made at other times during the year. It’s short and worth the watch. The fact that weight loss is the #1 goal was no suprise. The other results, however, were rather fascinating.
It seems you are 10 times more likely to succeed with you goal if you make it at New Years! So, now’s the time for change folks.
What are the keys to success?
1. Small Goals and Gradual Change
2. Set Up Your Environment for Success
3. Play Offense Instead of Defense
4. Plan Ahead
5. Reflect and Recommit
I would add support. Taking the time to meet with a dietitian or other health professional gives you the opportunity to recommit to yourself — to your health. Let us help you reach your goals this year! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-332-2282 to set up an appointment today and get started on a healthier you!