If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting different results, then everyone who made "lose weight" their New Year's resolution is probably insane.
A new study found that 7 out of 10 Americans will resolve to lose weight in the New Year even though most of them have tried and failed in the past. It makes sense though, because the study also found that nearly 80 percent of U.S. adults say they gain weight during the holidays.
The 2013 study conducted by USamp and released by The Dukan Diet found that 70 percent of Americans named losing weight as a resolution for 2014. Sixty-nine percent of the 1012 respondents said they had also made that resolution in the past. And 70 percent of those who failed in the past abandoned their resolutions by March.
When asked what would help them be successful this time, 62 percent of those polled cited a definitive diet plan, 70 percent said personalized coaching and 40 percent said a wider range of food choices.
These three things are part of the 2014 dieter's must-have list and experts agree they can make a difference between weight loss success and another year of failure.
A struggle Americans may have with New Year's weight loss resolutions is that they aim too high. If they do not see results as quickly as they want them, they get bored with healthy food, or they fall back into lazy habits when it comes to eating and exercising. The resolution goes out the window for another year.
Jacqueline B. Marcus, MS, RDN, LD, CNS, FADA, FAND, an internationally recognized nutrition adviser and author, believes support can be the key.
"To be successful with your weight loss resolutions, it’s critical to have a proven game plan with realistic goals, foods and beverages you’re excited to eat and drink, and a lifeline – a coaching resource to keep you on track, especially when motivation wanes.”
While there are many strategies to help achieve one's weight loss goals, Marcus recommends the Dukan Diet which emphasizes lean proteins and vegetables, oat bran and personalized coaching, among other things.