When is the Best Time to Start a Diet?

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Most people will tell you there’s no time like the present to start a diet and take control of your health, and it certainly makes sense, since circumstances will never be perfect with no convenient time to make changes in your eating habits. But is now really always the best time to begin a diet?

In a rant on Instagram, fitness coach and author of Eat. Lift. Thrive, Sohee Lee (@soheefit) says, “No, now is not always the best time to start a diet.” She says that telling people this, while probably well-intentioned, can be a recipe for frustration. It needs to be a top priority and if it’s impossible to do that right now, odds are it will fail and could end up putting one in a vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting. That means if you don’t have the ability to commit to eating a healthy diet right now, perhaps you’re going through a divorce, taking care of all the responsibilities that come with raising kids alone and working with your realtor in Chicago, or any other city touring home after home to find a new place, obviously, adding another stressor on your plate isn’t the best idea. Lee suggests instead that you focus on living the healthiest lifestyle you can.

So, if NOW isn’t necessarily the best time to start a diet, when is?

When You Feel Motivated and Ready to Get Started

The day you feel motivated, confident and ready to get started on a healthier lifestyle of eating is the best time to start a diet. The most successful dieters often embark on this journey due to a wakeup call, such as having high blood pressure, having to take a medication to lower cholesterol, developing borderline diabetes, and so on. Or, it may be a friend or family member who becomes ill related to being overweight. Having the motivation to improve your health can be a big motivating factor, especially when things get rough and you’re tempted to give up.


If that wakeup call hasn’t come but you’re trying to figure out the best time to start, experts say Monday is a good day to begin because it’s like getting a whole new start, kind of like a “reset” button.

The Summer Months

The warmer months of the year mean getting more sunshine, and sunlight raises serotonin levels. This “happy hormone” provides us with a better sense of well-being and reduces of odds of giving into food cravings. You’re also more likely to want to get outside and be active which burns more calories and can enhance your weight loss efforts overall.


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