As we get farther into the new year, those things we promised ourselves may begin to lose importance including getting healthier.
So which diet plans actually help you and which put your body and wallet in jeopardy?
Studies show those who started to lose the weight will most likely not keep it off, instead of shedding money and time spent on a plan that doesn’t work and could, in fact, harm your body in the long run.
“Lose the money but not the weight,” said Bo Easton, lost over 300 pounds in 18 months.
The beginning of January means packed gyms and busy supplement shops for people looking to transform their lives.
“They buy all these supplements or health foods and after the first week, it’s hard to stay on that and we just kind of fall off,” said Josh Pfeifer, owner of Complete Nutrition in Fayetteville.
For some it’s going for that beach body, others want a healthier life, and there’s a few that need a drastic change.
“Maybe it’s as simple as being able to tie your shoes without having to sit down,” Pfeifer said.
Dr. Josh Roller specializes in these types of changes and said this time of year is no doubt the busiest.
“The very first of the year is when everyone does the traditional new years resolutions and number 1 across the board is weight loss,” Dr. Roller said.
But Dr. Roller said there’s one primary reason most people fall short of their goals.
“The reason why so many diets fail is that they are not sustainable or it’s too hard to do,” Dr. Roller said.
A type of cycle that Bo Easton fought for years.
“I was always the one overweight, always the chunky one, at my heaviest I weighed 515 pounds,” Easton said.
After going through weight loss surgery under Dr. Rollers care, Easton lost nearly 320 pounds in just a year and a half but not before failing over and over again.
“I started with the low calorie and then went to the low carb, and finally I thought well these aren’t working so let’s try Jenny Craig,” Easton said.
“Spent lots of money, lost a little weight, spent lots of money and it just didn’t work,” Easton said.
From Jenny Craig to Atkins to The South Beach Diet, Easton went through them all. A pattern Dr. Roller said he’s seen time and time again, losing size from your wallet but not your waist.
“Cost-effectiveness? I would say none of these diets are cost-effective when it comes to losing weight or how much it might cost to lose 5 pounds or 10 pounds especially if you go right back to putting it right back on,” Dr. Roller said.
Local fitness expert Josh Pfeifer said these types of yo-yo diets rarely pay off.
“Some of those online products where you just sign up for a sample and just pay for shipping and then all of the sudden you sign up and do a membership or subscription to where it starts sending you products,” Pfeifer said.
Pfeifer also is a personal trainer on the side and said there really is no secret to slimming down.
“I wish I could say that there was a magic pill but overall its a combination of diet, exercise, and supplementation,” Pfeifer said.
A combination that Doctors agree on but isn’t always a quick fix, depending on your size.
” What we do know from the data is that if someone has a body mass index of 35 or higher, which is about 60 pounds overweight. Their odds of losing the weight and keeping it off two years later is less than 1 percent,” Dr. Roller said.
Those who have lived it, achieving your weight loss goals could be a matter of life and death.
“One Doctor said you’re one patient I thought I wouldn’t be seeing again. We don’t have months we don’t have weeks, we have a few days to get something taken care of,” Easton said.
Why those like Dr. Roller and others say it’s not about a quick fix but a long term transition that could pay off.
“A really successful diet never truly ends,” Dr. Roller said.
“Slow and steady wins the race,” Pfeifer said.
Now Easton has a new goal for the new year one he’s confident he will stick to.
“My new year’s resolution is to just stay on the right track, this one I know I can keep,” Easton said.