If one of your goals for the New Year is to lose weight, don’t wait until January to step up and take action.
In fact, if your weight loss goals are moderate, you might be able to start the New Year at your goal weight. Certainly, you can make excellent progress in that direction in the seven weeks of 2013 that remain.
If you’re in Hawaii, get your free introductory consultation now before we’re fully booked, as some of our medical weight loss clients here at dietMD Hawaii lose up to 30 pounds in thirty days! So you really can lose weight before the New Year, and enjoy a slimmer you to greet 2014.
Seven Weeks to Lose Weight Before 2014
It’s exactly 50 days to 2014, and that’s enough time to get a significant start on weight loss – or even achieve your goal if you have access to our medical weight loss program in Hawaii.
But there’s not a lot of time to “think about it.” If you want to make some changes, it’s time to choose action and make some changes so you’re not sitting looking in the mirror on New Years day and seeing exactly what you saw last year.
You can choose small changes that add up over time, or get serious about making lifestyle and eating changes that will give you noticeable results fast.
Get Professional Support
Carrying extra weight in itself causes health issues, so be sure to see a doctor before you make any significant changes in diet, exercise, supplements or medications. If you are already on prescription medications, ask your doctor specifically if any of them have side effects that cause weight gain or prevent weight loss.
Here are a few examples of prescription medications which can cause weight gain (this is not a complete list.)
- Estrogen or progesterone independently, or together in “the pill”
- Certain antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft
- Steroid anti-inflammatories (i.e. prednisone)
- Mood stabilizing and anti-convulsant drugs such as lithium, valproate (Depakote) and carbamzepine (Tegretol)
Of course, you should never discontinue a prescription medication without consulting with your doctor. Often a different solution can be found, such as an alternative medicine without the same side effects.
Don’t Panic Over the Holidays
Yes, it’s holiday season. For many of us, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah are associated with stress, family issues that can bring on emotional eating, and many tempting opportunities to feast to the point of gluttony.
Of course, family members may pressure you to eat more, sometimes particularly if you’ve already noticeably lost weight. They may love you, but change is scary, and there’s a lot of pressure to keep things the way they’ve always been.
Remember that many diets actually include a weekly binge day – so if you’re adding a few extra calories ONE day per week, it’s not a reason to panic. If you find yourself stuffing your face at every opportunity, perhaps you’re really not ready for change yet and need to deal with some other issues first. Read more in my article about 10 Tips for Keeping Weight Off During the Holidays.
Lose Weight Before New Years
Yes, you really can lose 20, 30, 40 or more pounds before New Years. You don’t have to wreck your holiday season, you don’t have to suffer hunger pangs, and you don’t have to work out like a manic… But you do have to start now, as the calendar is ticking down to 2014 and time is running out.
So take action today and instead of setting a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, just lose weight before New Years and enjoy all the health benefits of being slimmer and healthier by the time 2014 begins.