With March just around the corner, I hear a lot of men at the gym talking about getting in shape for a trip down south to soak up some sun and escape our Canadian winter.
Many say their goal is to “get in shape” before their trip or to simply “lose some weight”
But most of these people are already doomed from the start because of how they setup their goals….
I remember meeting Dr. John Berardi (creator of Precision Nutrition ) in Toronto a few years back and asking him what he thinks is the BIGGEST weight loss mistake people make?
Surprisingly, it wasn’t about protein, carbs or fat. Or even specific workouts.
It comes WAY before any of that he said…
The BIGGEST weight loss-mistake people make is in setting goals.
Don’t get me wrong, setting goals are good, but most people have it all WRONG! They don’t know the difference between a behavior goal and an outcome based goal…
Understanding this is a big eye-opener for a lot of people and it’s CRUCIAL for achieving your health and fitness goals.
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 will lose ten pounds in ten weeks.”
* “I will bench press 250lbs this summer”
While these goals are specific and measurable and may be challenging and 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 defy gravity by making 250lbs feel like 150lbs. What you can control, however, are your behaviors.
So how can you pick better goals, goals based on behaviors? Try these on for size:
Want to lose ten pounds in ten weeks? Then start by understanding what behaviors you can adopt immediately that’ll lead to this result. Make these your goals. Here are a few examples:
I will exercise for at least 3 hours per week.
I will eat three to five meals each day.
I will eat vegetables with every meal.
I will avoid alcohol this week
Hope this helps you take the actions you need to get the results you want.
Precision Nutrition is the only nutrition system I personally use and recommend to my clients to get lean and healthy once and for all because it works in the real-world…and it’s currently 33% off for TODAY ONLY!
Don’t procrastinate, don’t hesitate. Just take action. You can build the body you never thought you could have – if you make the choice to begin right now.