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January 15, 2024

If you made a New Year’s resolution, January 16 is a big day

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If you made any kind of New Year’s resolution for 2024 and at this stage you’re still sticking to it, apparently you’ve actually already lasted longer than half of the country.

According to research by nutrition and food tracking app, MyFitnessPal, January 16 is the day by which most (51 per cent) Australians report they will have given up on their New Year’s resolutions.

The survey of over 1,000 people also showed almost all (96 per cent) will have given up by the end of the month.

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There’s nothing wrong with wanting to start the year on a healthier note, with a majority of Aussies (65 per cent) choosing some kind of health and fitness-related goal for 2023.

Some of the most common resolutions still remain exercising to lose weight (50 per cent), eating more healthily (41 per cent), and exercising to lose fat and gain muscle (22 per cent).

However, over two-thirds of people say they have made an ambitious fitness goal only to give up straight away.

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Dietitian and psychologist Susie Burrell points out it’s that ambition that generally trips people up.

“It’s time to change the way we think about New Year’s resolutions,” Burrell says.

“Lofty, unattainable goals only set people up for failure, while focusing on habits provides an opportunity for sustainable personal growth.”

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When it comes to what most likely put an end to our New Year’s resolutions, losing motivation (47 per cent), intense cravings (35 per cent) and boredom (25 per cent) were the biggest culprits.

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Friends and family also got a share of the blame.

Almost a third of respondents (29 per cent) said they couldn’t turn down dessert at a friend’s place, a quarter (24 per cent) felt pressured into drinking at a party, and almost one in five (17 per cent) eat icing or batter when baking a birthday cake for a loved one.


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