Nutrition, Bitch: Bites – Behavior vs. Outcome
Behavior Goal VS. Outcome Goal
Do you know the difference between a behavior goal and an outcome goal? A behavior goal is based on something you can directly control and do yourself; an outcome goal is based on the end product of a series of behaviors. Most people set only outcome goals, such as the following:
• “I want to lose ten pounds."
• “I want to make $100,000 next year.”
While these goals are specific and measurable and maybe even attainable, one problem is this: they’re outcomes. And outcomes are often beyond your control. After all, you can’t control your fat cells and their rate of fat metabolism by just hoping they’ll shrink. And you can’t force someone to pay you $100,000 per year. What you can control, however, are your behaviors.
So how can you pick better goals, goals based on behaviors? This is where setting small, manageable goals come in! Behaviors X,Y, Z will move me closer to my goals. Then start by understanding what behaviors you can adopt immediately that will lead to this result. Make THESE your goals. Here are a few examples:
• I will exercise for at least five hours per week, incorporating strength training and cardio.
• I will eat slowly and pay more attention to the quality of my intake.
• I will drink less coffee and more water.
• I will continue these behaviors on the weekend.
When clients work hard all week adhering to these behaviors, but the scale doesn't budge, it's easy to get discouraged! That's why "quick fix" diets and "make-me-skinny" supplements or fads seem so attractive! But these are short-term solutions, not lifestyle changes. REAL change is hard and uncomfortable but REAL change will get you lasting results.
Instead of cursing out the scale and talking down to yourself about failing to lose weight that week, think of the all of the goals you accomplished! Every day you made yourself a priority and worked out, SCORE! Every time you practiced mindful eating, SCORE! Every glass of water you drank, SCORE! A simple shift in mindset makes ALL the difference. We change our brains, we change our lives. You can get to where you need to be, but you have to do the work to get there.
- Nutrition, Bitch