Goal-setting for nutrition and weight loss

Carrie Aloisio
Registered Dietitian
Riverview Hospital

Weight loss. It’s something we probably all think about. And at times, the mere thought of shedding extra pounds can be overwhelming. Still, the benefits of losing weight are incredible—and it can be a great way to improve your overall health, feel better and gain more energy. Carrie Aloisio, a registered dietitian at Riverview Hospital, shares some great tips for losing weight and staying healthy.

She recommends you start your weight loss program by setting realistic, short-term goals. So what’s realistic? If you weigh 250 pounds now, it’s probably not sensible to try to lose 100 pounds in less than a year. It likely took a few years to get to where you are, so rapidly trying to lose the weight really isn’t a healthy option. Aloisio advises to set smaller, short-term goals and reward yourself for your successes.

So what should you do to actually reach your goal? Aloisio suggests keeping a journal of what you eat and how much you exercise each day. You may prefer to use a fitness app to help track your diet and exercise. Aloisio’s favorite is myfitnesspal.com, which offers a wide variety of tools to help you stay on track. There are many websites and apps available, and many of them are free.

Aloisio also reminds us that we may have a bad day every now and then. Sometimes that chocolate cake looks too good to pass up! When this happens, simply reset your goals and get back on track as soon as possible. Having a friend or network of people to help encourage you when you need it most can make a big difference in your success.

Shedding those extra pounds can change your life. So what do you have to lose?