Everyone knows that sticking to New Year’s resolutions is hard but, as always, Doctor’s Weight Control is here to help! There are a lot of reasons that resolutions fizzle out, but really, it often comes down to timing.
Simply put, the timing stinks. Think about it: You’re at the end of what may
be the most stressful six weeks of the year. Holidays, families, travel,
rich food. And suddenly, we expect ourselves to transform? It’s tough,
and when we fail, we feel more miserable than ever.
Doctor’s Weight Control may have the solution: Make realistic resolutions starting Feb. 14. Yes, Valentine’s Day. And here’s the bonus: Make them with your partner.
Think about it: Is there a better gift you can give each other than
health? (Don’t roll your eyes: It may sound trite, but it’s true, and
you know it!).
Research has found that when one person in a couple embarks on a
weight-loss journey, the other member of the couple will probably lose
some weight too–even if they aren’t actively trying!
Now, imagine what a difference it makes when both of you are actively working on it!
Actually, you don’t have to imagine…
Weight Loss with Your Partner
We’re a lot better at taking care of our health when our partner is doing the
same. That’s not just common sense –there’s research to back it up.
Individuals are more successful in taking up healthy habits–and losing
weight– when their partner is, too, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. In fact, 26 percent of men in the study lost weight if their partner was
also dieting, versus 10 percent of those who were on their own. For
women, 36 percent lost weight when their partners were trying to, too,
compared to 15 percent when they were doing it alone.
Moreover, in terms of exercise, working out with a partner means you
both have a better chance of succeeding–especially with a new partner.
Listen to this: researchers writing in the British Journal of Health Psychology reported that finding a new exercise companion increases a person’s
exercise level. The levels of exercise increased even more when that
partner provided emotional support.
A Different Weight Loss Approach
You’re already being innovative by starting your resolution on
Valentine’s Day instead of New Year’s Day. If you want to continue to
mix things up, don’t make 12-month resolutions. Psychotherapist Amy
Morin, the author of 3 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, recommends doing something different each month. That’s right: Change up your resolutions 12 times a year!
Perhaps for the rest of February, you resolve to cut out all candy —
including that half-priced chocolate. In March, you can resolve to visit
the gym together at least three times a week. In April, agree to pack
your lunch (a healthy lunch!) for work. When January rolls around, you can partake in Dry January. And here’s more incentive: Some of those month-long resolutions will stick around longer than a month.
Weight Loss & Valentine’s Day
Just because you’re skipping the candy doesn’t mean you have to give up celebrating Valentine’s Day. The American Heart Association offers several suggestions for being good to your heart health on the big day. Among them:
- Go out to dinner, but share an entrée.
- Consider giving your sweet-toothed beloved a fruit basket.
- Prepare a healthy dinner at home, together. Eat it by candlelight. It’s a
lovely way to celebrate your resolutions, your health, and each other.
Remember This is About You!
Now, you’re ready to trade in potato chips for kale and ice cream for
unsweetened yogurt. That sounds good, but what does your partner think
about kale and unsweetened yogurt? As you stock the kitchen with healthy
food, be sure to include items you both like. This sounds
obvious, but if one partner does most of the shopping, it can be a
challenge. Consider doing the grocery shopping as a team. And be sure to
make a list!
Start Your Weight Loss Transformation Together
Alright, you are excited about losing weight and getting healthy. Start
making the changes together, but don’t start stocking up in fitness gear
or diet books. It can sap your resolve. Anthony Ongaro, the author of Break the Twitch,
calls it the “false first step.” Here’s how it works: Buying the gear
gives you a dopamine rush similar to actually doing the exercise. You
think you’ve taken a meaningful step. But you and your partner get that
rush when you order the item when you receive it; and that satisfies
your craving — for want of a better word — for accomplishing your goals.
Instead, call Doctor’s Weight Control now at 352-243-5673, or visit us at either of our convenient locations. Let us help you and your partner reach and maintain your goals in a healthy, mantainable manner!