If you're wondering if New Year's Day is the best day to start a diet, the answer is no, according to the Farmers’ Almanac's long-standing proprietary formula. That formula is based on the belief the Moon's appropriate phase and place in the zodiac creates what the Almanac folks call "Best Days" to make certain activities more fruitful or lead to improved results.
The first three days of 2020, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, are Best Days for: Bakeing; cutting firewood, mowing to increase growth, digging holes, and killing plant pests.
If you want to lose weight, you might as well wait.
Best Days to start a diet
January 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, and 20th, according to the Farmers' Almanac.
Best Days Explained
According to Farmers’ Almanac's long-standing proprietary formula, when the moon is in the appropriate phase and place in the zodiac, it's widely believed that activities will be more fruitful or lead to improved results. The period between the new and full moon (first and second quarters) is considered as the best time to perform tasks that require strength, fertility and growth. The period between the full and new moon (third and fourth quarters) is best for harvesting, slowing growth, etc. Consideration is also given to the relationship the moon has with the 12 ruling signs of the zodiac.
What else are those dates listed above "best days" for? According to the Farmers' Almanac:
January 11th, 12th
• Dry fruits and vegetables, cut hair to slow growth, mow to slow growth, dig post holes, pick apples and pears, quit smoking, perform demolition, wash wooden floors, paint, ask for loan, entertain friends, host a party, kill plant pests.
January 13th, 14th
• Mow to slow growth, quit smoking, kill plant pests.
January 19th, 20th
• Cut hair to slow growth, mow to slow growth, castrate farm animals, harvest, pick apples and pears, wean, quit smoking, potty train, perform demolition, wash wooden floors, wash windows, advertise to sell, buy a car, kill plant pests.
Source: The Farmers’ Almanac.