How to Set Realistic Nutrition Goals and Create Plans to Achieve Them

Sports dietician Leslie Bonci offers 3 suggestions on how to set realistic nutrition goals and make effective plans to achieve them.

Goal setting is one of the most important things you can do to become successful. Striving for specific goals is a great way to track your progress in whatever you are trying to accomplish. Fitness and nutrition goals are among the most common goals set by people, but they are also among the hardest ones to stick with.

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STACK talked to sports dietician Leslie Bonci to find out how to create effective nutrition goals—ones you can stick with so you can ultimately get the results you want. Bonci offered three rules to follow.

1. Personalize Your Goals but Be Realistic

It doesn't matter what anybody else says, you need to set goals that are realistic for you. It's not uncommon to have the same goals as someone else, but most likely you are not in the same place. Customize your goals to make yourself more successful.

For example, if you decide you need to lose 20 pounds, it won't happen overnight and it might take up to a year. Measure your weight loss in increments. Check month to month. That's how to track progress to your ultimate goal.

2. Realize That Goals Take Time to Achieve

When you set a goal, you need to make a plan. It doesn't matter if it's a three-month goal, a six-month goal or even a year. Having a plan helps you stay on track. If you are trying to reduce body fat, Bonci considers safe weight loss one to two pounds a week. Don't expect to lose 20 pounds in a couple of weeks.

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Conversely, If you are trying to gain weight, don't just think that eating a lot will do the trick. Safe weight gain is about a half  pound per week. This might be hard to see on the scale, but after a few months of sticking to a plan, you should see results.

3. Be Consistent

The change you are looking for most likely won't happen in a short time period, so own it for the long haul. Being consistent with your plan will lead to the results you are striving for. .

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