Developing a plan for healthy eating means setting goals, tracking your progress, and rewarding yourself.
Set goals you want to achieve. It is generally best to set small, measurable goals. You can set them on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. When setting goals, consider:
One way to evaluate your progress is to start recording what you eat in a food journal. People who keep track regularly may be more successful at losing weight and keeping it off. (See the food record form (What is a PDF document?).)
To help you track your progress:
When you reach one of your goals, reward yourself. Tie each reward to a specific, measurable goal, such as eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day for 1 week.
But do not reward yourself with food. Go to the movies, buy new clothes, or have a massage.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator|
|Last Revised||March 19, 2013|
Last Revised: March 19, 2013
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