It’s time for my New Years resolution! This is coming a couple of weeks late, but what can I say? I’ve been busy. And to be frank, I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to have a resolution for 2018.
Every year I vow to hop on the fitness bandwagon and lose a bunch of weight and most years I’m very successful. But after summer hits and the tight clothes, short-shorts and swimsuits go back into their drawers the weight starts creeping up on me and I find by autumn I’m exactly where I began in January.
My yearly struggle with rapid weight loss and gain can also be attributed to a little thing called yo-yo dieting, or if I want to delve even deeper I could probably categorize it as a binge-eating disorder. I don’t want to equate the two phenomena but in my experience, they’ve often gone hand in hand.
Yo-yo dieting can be described as the repeated loss and regain of body weight in small amounts ( 5- 10 lbs) or large amounts (50+ lbs).
So how exactly does yo-yo dieting relate to New Year’s resolutions? Well, what is the number one resolution among young females? To lose weight. And which demographic of individuals are the most susceptible to dieting plans and eating disorders? Young females. Two plus two equals four, or in other words, young females +yearly diet plans = triggering an eating disorder?
New Year’s resolutions prompt an already at risk group to engage in a weight loss regime that may ultimately turn into a lifelong cycle. This is not the case with everyone though. No, no! Some women can definitely lose weight and keep it off for good. Kudos to these ladies! it takes a special kind of dedication to make big changes in your life.
But in my own personal experiences, I’ve not been so successful. The very first time I made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight was eight years ago and my more serious issues with food also started eight years ago. Coincidence? I think not!
The first time I decided to diet and get “healthy” as a New Years resolution, the majority of the weight I had to lose was baby weight, since I had given birth six months prior. Within three months, I was down 40 lbs and loving life. But by the end of the year pretty much all the weight had slowly returned. So again, the following year I made the same vow. I was going to shed the fat and unleash a lean summer body. Again, I was successful. This time dropping the weight in four months. But the same thing happened. Winter came and with it so did the weight.
For whatever reason, the resolution to lose weight at the start of the New Year and the gaining of weight in the cooler end of year months has become a cycle for me. This may be in part due to my lack of commitment to my resolution as well as the pressure I was putting on my body to achieve what I wanted. I also tend to fade away from the gym and healthy eating once I’ve achieved a body goal because the methods I’d use were pretty hard to keep up with. An extremely low-calorie intake coupled with hours of daily cardio wasn’t sustainable for me. After depriving myself for months to achieve whatever body goal I had in my head I would often binge on everything I had deprived myself of, which of course would cause the scale numbers to slowly creep back up.
So this year, while I am hesitant to make a resolution because of the problems it’s caused in the past, I’m making a much more modest and sustainable vow. I’m not going to swear to be at the peak of fitness by summer, nor am I going to vow to drop a lot of weight. Instead, I vow to make small changes in my life to increase my overall health. I’ll drink more water when I remember, go to the gym more than once or twice a week, and try to walk regularly as the weather gets warmer.
Thanks for reading.<3