It’s February 23rd… do you know where your New Year’s resolution is?
Let the record show that I’m only half joking here. Because for all the good intentions set on the first of January, most people have given up on their resolutions entirely come Valentine’s Day. And chief among these are commitments to get healthier — to lose weight, to quit smoking, to drink less, to eat right, or to exercise more.
It’s a shame. Because if everyone truly understood what a difference just a handful of key healthy habits makes, I dare say they wouldn’t be resolutions anymore. They’d just be your way of life.
Consider this: A team of researchers from Cardiff University recently completed a prospective study using data from half a million subjects in the UK Biobank. After identifying a bullet list of basic healthy behaviors — not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise, healthy eating, and moderate alcohol intake — they compared them to cancer risk over time.
Their results weren’t surprising — but the message they send is stunning in its powerful simplicity. Each of these healthy behaviors, independently of the others, reduced cancer risk by roughly eight percent. And altogether, they lowered subjects’ cancer risk by one third.
That’s right. The fact is that you can lower your risk of a potentially lethal diagnosis by one third. And all you have to do is actually follow through on making the changes you resolved to make, less than two short months ago.
Now, I realize that when it comes to weight loss in particular, the hopelessness that comes with repeated failure is real. But I’m urging you to get back on your feet and try again just one more time. Because research has now linked 16 different cancers to excess body fat… and a healthy weight could be the one thing that stands between you and a premature death.
I explored the deadly connection between obesity and cancer — and shared my secret to shedding those pounds for good, no matter how many times you’ve tried and failed before — in the January issue of my monthly newsletter Logical Health Alternatives.
If you missed it then, I urge you to go back and read it. And if you’ve already read it, well… go back and do it again. Because you won’t find better motivation to make 2018 the year you keep that resolution to get fit and stay fit, once and for all.