The ritual of resolving to improve one’s health at the beginning of the new year may have more positive benefits than was once imagined.
Although resolutions are easy to start but sustaining them often fails about a month later, University of Scranton, psychologist John Norcross said, “Studies show that people who resolve to change behaviors do much better than non-resolvers who have the same habits that need to be changed.”
Norcross, the author of “Changing for Good,” told Webmd.com, “Americans most often resolve to lose weight; quit smoking; get more exercise; and reduce their alcohol consumption, in that order. These habits and behaviors are very difficult to change, and when you don’t have a well-thought-out plan on how you are going to make sustainable changes that fit into your lifestyle, it leads to failure,” he said.
“Losing weight is the No. 1 New Year’s resolution,” said Jamie Rosen, founder of DietBet.com., which offers a financial incentive to lose weight.
Mark Lee, a local doctor of chiropractic at Cleveland Non-surgical, said he feels the best reason for losing weight and keeping it off should be to improve one’s overall health.
“The more weight you carry the harder it is on your joints and overall health,” he said.
With his new ChiroThin doctor-supervised weight loss program, Lee said he is very excited about the new weight-loss breakthrough he is recommending to people who need to lose weight.
“The ChiroThin program uses a homeopathic blend, taken under the tongue,” he said. “When it is combined with a specific diet, it is very effective for not only taking weight off fast, but actually keeping the weight off. The typical patient will lose 20 to 30 pounds in 42 days! The results are related to your follow through and adherence to the program.”
Lee said he lost 26 pounds in 30 days and his wife lost 17 pounds in 40 days without exercise, shakes or pre-packaged foods.
“Our typical female client will lose between 20 to 30 pounds in 42 days and the typical male client will lose between 25 to 35 pounds in 42 days,” Lee said. “You can be on it for six weeks and come off it for two weeks. I had lost enough weight so I came off it in four weeks.
“As a ChiroThin weight loss center patient you will experience rapid, healthy weight loss without hunger or cravings. The Homeopathic formula has been specially blended to include homeopathic HCG and three other homeopathic compounds that aid in boosting your metabolism, suppressing cravings and helping detoxify your body.”
Lee said his program is doctor supervised and has been the basis for one of the largest obesity treatment centers in Europe for more than 40 years.
“I’ve looked at a lot of programs and this is the simplest and fastest way to lose weight,” he said. “I started on the program myself in August, but I’ve just started to push it within the last few months. It’s simple, affordable and safe.”
Experts say it’s also important to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. A realistic resolution is one you can sustain for at least a year — not just for a few weeks.
“Don’t let a slipup derail your resolve to improve your health,” Norcross told Webmd.com. “Setbacks are inevitable; it’s how you respond to them that matters. People who see slips as a failure often use one as an excuse to give up.”
One person who is not giving up is Jill Maggirwar of Cleveland, who said she is losing weight and keeping it off with the help of a personal trainer as the key to her long-term success.
“I’ve lost 35 pounds since July by coming to Spectrum (Health and Fitness),” said Maggirwar. “There is no other way for me to lose weight than the natural way. My trainer is awesome! (laughing). She beats me up but it’s worth it. She keeps me accountable.”
Maggirwar’s personal trainer at Spectrum, Lauren Stacy, said there is great gain by losing weight through exercise as a lifestyle change, which is the most rewarding way to stay in shape.
“Exercise improves your flexibility, strength, heart and lung endurance, muscle definition and tone, a healthier outlook on life and boost your self-esteem,” she said.
“I don’t believe in going on diets. If you go on a diet you have to come off a diet. That sets you up for failure. This is about changing your lifestyle. Find something that will work for you as a lifestyle, which will include changing your nutritional habits and cardiovascular training.”
Stacy said walking on a treadmill, riding a bicycle, playing tennis — anything cardiovascular to increase your heart rate — will enhance a healthy mind and body.
“That’s what we do here,” said Gina Tolbert, owner and personal trainer of Spectrum, located at 3384 Keith St. N.W. “It has to be a lifestyle change. Otherwise it’s going to be a roller coaster of up and down, up and down weight loss. We focus on strength training, cardiovascular conditioning and proper nutrition — the whole spectrum. It’s fitness for life. We’re also starting Yoga classes this month.”
The U.S. News & World Report ranked the DASH diet as the best and healthiest diet plan available today. The physician-recommended eating plan has been proven to lower blood pressure in just 14 days without lowering sodium intake.
DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) also took the best diabetes diet honors and can also help lower cholesterol.
With weight loss and exercise, it can even reduce insulin resistance. In addition to being recommended by physicians, the DASH diet is also endorsed by The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, The American Heart Association and The Mayo Clinic.
According to MayoClinic.com, “The foundation of every successful weight-loss program still remains a healthy, low-calorie diet combined with exercise. You must make permanent changes in your lifestyle and health habits to lose significant weight and keep it off.”
“The key is to take small, positive steps and move ahead consistently,” says Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., a nutrition professor at Penn State University. “People need to be realistic about the changes they can achieve.”
David Katz, M.D., director of the Prevention Research Center for Yale University, said, “Resolutions tend to be the stuff of inspiration, but lasting behavior change is the stuff of planning, sustainable motivations, and careful consideration of the pros and cons.”