Setting and Maintaining Your Nutrition Goals

This comprehensive article gives you everything you need to know about setting attainable nutrition goals and keeping them.

Last Updated on January 3, 2021 by Lori Geurin

The new year is almost here, which means it’s time to buckle down and get started on your resolutions. If your resolutions involve weight loss or healthy eating this means setting nutritional goals and being consistent. Changing eating patterns can be challenging, but with dedication and a few easy tips, you can stick to your plan and nutrition goals.

Here’s everything you need to know about setting and maintaining nutritional goals in the new year.

Setting and Maintaining Nutrition Goals

1. Goal Setting

The first and most important part of changing your nutrition is deciding what your specific goals are. Do you want to lose weight? You will want to develop nutrition goals for weight loss.

Or, maybe you’re looking to gain muscle, reduce inflammation, or protect against disease. You’ll need different nutritional goals to achieve that.

Smart Nutrition Goals

When setting your goals it can be tempting to look for plans claiming they’re ideal for everyone. However, it’s important to understand that the best plan for you is the one you’ll stick with that fits your specific goals.

As such, it’s best to avoid looking for one-size-fits-all diets. If you pick a plan that isn’t best for you and your goals, you may have a hard time sticking to it. This certainly won’t maximize the health benefits of adopting a new diet.

If you can’t decide what dietary plan is right for you, consider talking to a certified nutritionist who can make recommendations that are in line with your goals.

Specific And Realistic Goals

It’s also important that your goals be both specific and realistic. Non-specific goals have very little value, as you can’t measure your progress adequately. For instance, deciding to lose 25 pounds over the year is better than simply resolving to lose weight because it has a measurable threshold for success.

Unrealistic goals, meanwhile, are tantamount to self-sabotage. If you set and fail to live up to an unrealistic set of goals, you’ll likely lose your motivation and stop trying to change your habits altogether. In addition to being somewhat personalized, your goals should be as specific as possible and reasonably achievable.

2. How To Stick To Your Goals

Plan It Out

Once you’ve decided on a set of goals for yourself, it’s time to get to work on reaching them. Consistency is critical so you’re able to maintain your plan over the long haul.

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An accountability partner can help you stay on track with your nutrition goals.

Have An Accountability Partner

Another effective method of maintaining your goals is to find an accountability partner. An accountability partner is someone with whom you’ve shared your goal. This person checks in with you on a regular basis to make sure you’re staying on top of everything.

If possible, try to find a partner with similar goals to your own so you can help each other. Having an accountability partner offers a psychological incentive for you to keep up with the goals you’ve set for yourself. Failure to do so will mean telling someone else you haven’t done what you said you were going to do.

Though it may seem like a small matter, an accountability partner can give you the extra push you need to stay consistent.

Summary – Maintaining Your Nutrition Goals

These are just a few of the ways you can set and maintain your nutrition goals. Be sure you devote some time to set your goals. Good goals will keep you motivated. While poorly set goals can ultimately backfire and prevent you from achieving your goals for the year.

Once you’ve come up with a set of well-structured goals, success is only a matter of sustaining consistent progress.

What helps you stay on track with your nutrition goals? 

Share your thoughts below in the comment section!

This guest post was written by British Solomon, a contributing writer and media specialist for Clean Juice. She regularly produces content for a variety of health and lifestyle blogs.

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10 thoughts on “Setting and Maintaining Your Nutrition Goals”

  1. I have always set health/nutrition goals for the new year and never stuck with them. I have done much better this year because I have learned how to set realistic goals that I can follow. Thank you for these tips!

    1. I’m so glad you’ve found success with your new goals. This is sometimes a hard lesson to learn (been there, done that!) You’re so very welcome, Cassie. Thank you!

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