Do you agree with this statement?
I agree with it much - but not all - of the time. Some things work better without planning them! But for the most part, especially in the realm of fitness and nutrition, a little bit of planning goes a long way.
Most people do not have the luxury of being able to work out whenever they want, at any given time in a day, or to eat whatever they feel like and miraculously have their food choices be stellar in terms of nutrient composition, caloric intake and macronutrient ratio. Even someone who has been working in this professional field for over two decades needs the structure and validation of a program. I track every item that passes my lips with an app on a daily basis and analyze the nutritional profile from several viewpoints to identify excesses or deficiencies of micronutrients, identify my consumption ratio of C-F-P, track water intake and compare trends over time. How else would I know that my average daily protein consumption for the month of September was 5% higher than in July?
Large and complicated life events require more planning. For example, training for an obstacle-endurance race (Spartan, Tough Mudder) three months out, or one's first triathlon six months out. You can't cram at the last minute for something like this, although people do try to crash diet when they realize that gosh, they still have 10 lbs to drop and the wedding is in a week and a half....
I am here to help people plan important aspects of their life - what is more important than exercise and nutrition? It is my job to ensure people have a realistic, safe and hopefully enjoyable roadmap to follow to their desired destination.
If you're planning to commit to some health goals in the New Year, why not start now, and let me know how I can help. Sorry to disillusion you, but the date January 1st is not imbued with some magical power that will make your wish to "get in shape" transpire when previous attempts have fallen short. It's not about the date, it's about YOU. Without you, nothing happens.