Start That Diet . . . Now Or Later?

Every time I've turned on the television in 2006 I've been barraged with diet shows and infomercials, all of which are advertising the latest and greatest scheme for losing weight "quickly, the natural way." So you can imagine my interest last week when I read about a recent survey of Americans showing that, despite widespread New Year's resolve when we tend to place dieting at the top of our list, many of us don't actually focus on shedding those unwanted pounds until March. Why, you ask? Well, it seems the theory is that we are not ready to lose until the thoughts of warmer weather and fewer clothes draw near.

Regardless of whether you've "jump-started" your diet with the new year or are waiting until spring, it is important to keep your diet goals realistic and attainable. If you are planning to wait until March and you have more than 10 pounds to lose before you fit into this year's swimsuit, you may be setting yourself up for failure. Remember, no matter what the infomercials promise, a healthy realistic weight loss for most people is 1 or 2 pounds per week.

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