The Best Time to Start a New Diet

Overweight Woman Eating Healthy Meal in Kitchen

Medically reviewed in October 2021

Got a new job? Moved to a new home? Made some new friends? If so, this may be the perfect time to make over your diet, too.

Research shows that it's during times of intense change when people are most open to branching out and trying new things.

A Choice for Change
In a study of college students, those who reported being in the midst of lots of changes in their lives were most likely to choose a new type of snack when presented with a familiar option and an unusual choice. And the trend held true for more than just food. Those in the midst of big change were also more likely to be interested in trying new products, going new places, and checking out new types of music and entertainment.

Compounding Change
Basically, researchers believe that making changes in one area of your life sometimes has the power to set off a chain reaction of change elsewhere. So the next time you find your world a little upside down, harness that momentum by making positive changes in your health habits. Try new healthy fruits and veggies, take up an exercise class, or clean out all the processed foods in your cupboard. Find little ways to adjust and adapt your usual habits to produce a healthier you!

What would you like to see change?

Learn the four secrets to making any change last.

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