Here’s a novel idea for a weight loss program. The weight loss program idea comes from Lisa Drayer a nutritionist, an author and a CNN health and nutrition contributor.

Monday Weight Loss Program Idea

Forget New Year’s health goals, try “Monday Resolutions”’ instead as a different idea for a weight loss program.

With the end of the year approaching, it’s not uncommon to start thinking about health goals for the New Year, like losing weight, eating healthier, exercising and quitting smoking.

Although we may have good intentions, choosing January 1 to make promises to get on a healthier track year-round doesn’t always work. In fact, according to a 2017 Marist poll, about a third of people who make a New Year’s resolution fail to stick with it.

Monday Resolutions Weight Loss Program Explained

Rather than setting a year-long goal at the start of the year, a more effective approach might be to make “Monday resolutions.” These are weekly goals that can be thought of as mini-resolutions. That way your weight loss program gets a chance to start fresh each week.

Unlike other days of the week, Mondays offer the opportunity for a health reset, when you might set intentions, celebrate progress or simply get back on your plan.

Joanna Cohen, director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Institute for Global Tobacco Control explains that “Monday can be thought of as the New Year’s of the week — a time to refresh and put our past bad deeds behind us and try and do better in the coming week.” Peggy Neu, president of The Monday Campaigns initiative, agrees that “it makes achieving our health goals more sustainable. You basically get 52 chances a year to stay on track.”

Why a Monday Weight Loss Might Work for You

  • Focusing on a new goal or health initiative each week ia an excellent way to ease someone into a new healthier lifestyle.
  • Reflecting on small successes can be empowering.
  • It’s the snowball effect.
  • This may be especially true when it comes to a weight loss program.
  • “Losing 50 to 100 pounds seems impossible.
  • The amount of work, the length of time, the reality of it seems daunting and can truly deter people from even trying.
  • Setting smaller, weekly goals is often more effective.
  • Achieving small weight loss goals builds confidence to continue with a weight loss program.

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