Listen up ladies! You know that undying New Year’s resolution that’s at the top of your list every year? Yes…the one about weight. Well it’s time to put something else at the top of your 2016 resolutions list, and tackle that weight problem now!
I was able to speak with actress Sara Rue, who has struggled with her own weight (you may know her from “The Big Bang Theory” and “Impastor”) and Dr. Holly Wyatt (a la “Extreme Weight Loss”) about the Resolve Now campaign and why it’s so crucial to focus on losing weight now…not during your New Year’s resolutions.
So, if you are even a little tempted to wait until January to make dropping some LBs a priority, please take note of the reasons why that’s a terrible idea.
1. It’s Just Crazy…
Why on earth would you wait until the New Year rolls around to start improving your health? It’s not just a cosmetic issue. According to Dr. Wyatt, being overweight puts you at risk for some serious medical conditions…pretty much every organ system in the body is affected. Let’s go through a few shall we… diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, sleep apnea… I don’t know about you, but I have absolutely no desire to suddenly stop breathing in my sleep. And if you already have any weight-related conditions, then it’s just been elevated to “insane” status. Surely your life is worth more than a two-month excuse not to eat well and workout.
2. You’ll Likely Pack on Some Very Stubborn Holiday Pounds
…and they’re not easy to get off. I look forward to holiday feasts and treats just like the rest of humanity, but many of us use these last few months as a pass for overindulgence and very little exercise (been there, done that). The thing is, no one actually gets an invite to take a free pass on health. Sure, you might be able to get through the next few months with putting on “just a few” pounds, but those few pounds could come with a friend called Diabetes. And you do NOT want to meet him or any of his compadres.
3. There’s No Time for Mental Preparation
If you did plan on a weight-loss resolution, hopefully you also planned on making a permanent lifestyle change versus participating in a “quick fix” diet. As Sara mentioned in the video, making a mental AND lifestyle shift played a huge part in her weight-loss success. But making an entire lifestyle change takes a lot of work and a surprising amount of planning. You can’t just jump into a new diet all willy nilly and expect your success to last (or even happen).
Besides mentally prepping for this commitment, you have to set goals, figure out meal planning and a fitness routine…you’ll even need a plan to deal with sabatogers (unfortunately they’re real). But you should probably start with a visit to your doc. They’ll be able to guide you in the right direction, plus it’s important to have an accurate assessment of the current state of your health. Who knows, you may even require a “specialty” diet that you wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
4. You’ll Think Your New Year’s Photos Suck
What? This is totally health related. You don’t wanna be all sad and depressed when you see those pics of your New Year’s celebration do you? You wanna look at those pictures and say, “Man…I look fab-u-lous”. And do you know why you’ll look fabulous? Because you’ll feel amazing from your recent weight-loss and lifestyle change. Totally won’t happen if you decide to wait it out, or embark on two months of mindless eating. Just sayin’…
Be sure to check out the short interview below for more tips from Sara and Dr. Wyatt about how to get started on your journey to lose weight.