New Year’s resolutions are notoriously hard to stick to. Indeed, the failure rate is said to be about 80 percent and motivation is the key reason. CSIRO has just released a new tool to help keep you motivated.
Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution, only to have it fizzle out merely weeks later? You’re not alone. It’s estimated that about 80 percent of resolutions fail, many by the time mid-February comes around.
In response to this, CSIRO has just launched the Start Strong Diet Quiz to analyse participants’ readiness for change, and then provides a ‘motivational map’ for achieving those goals while sticking to their Total Wellbeing Diet.
In just three minutes, it’ll ask you things like where you’re at in managing your weight, eating healthy, and staying active, and what’s motivating you to make the change, while using psychology and behavioural science to keep you on track.
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CSIRO said they found that, through analysing peoples’ weight loss goals, their motivation, in the beginning, was “sky high and that’s great,” but the problem with that is that it tends to fall over time.
“For us, what’s really interesting is how we can help people cultivate and maintain the motivation that they bring when they sign up,” says CSIRO behavioural scientist, Dr Emily Brindal.
“A really good tip for staying motivated is to tie your motivation to something you’re passionate about, like your family… and set up an inspiration board,” to help you refocus your motivation if it wanes.
According to Dr Gilly Hendrie, CSIRO research scientist, “those who were motivated and lost 1kg a week or more in the first three weeks go on to lose three-and-a-half times more weight than those who start slower.”