Goal setting is a critical strategy in changing your diet and physical activity behavior The rate of obesity is increasing. A substantial body of research links poor diet and physical activity habits to obesity and chronic diseases. Producing sustainable dietary and physical activity behavior change to influence this rate of obesity is an ongoing challenge. Research shows that the most effective behavior changes from nutrition education interventions take place when the interventions are behaviorally focused and theory-driven. The Social Cognitive Theory, well known and widely used for understanding and researching behavior change, specifies goal setting as a key strategy - Lee, Locke, and Latham define a goal as ‘‘that which one wants to accomplish; it concerns a valued, future end state.” Goal setting is a significant facilitator of behavior change. Setting specific goals provides a potential strategy for organizing nutrition and physical activity information and skills into practical and manageable steps. I am presently pursuing my Masters of Science degree in Sport Psychology. I possess over 5,000 hours of hands-on experience in Personal Training and Sports Conditioning. I’m a credible source of information and expertise, ready to design and implement an exercise and weight loss program tailored to you. Call or email me to schedule your complimentary first session and let’s get started! In-person and virtual sessions are available.
Those extra pounds that have accumulated on your butt, stomach and legs are not the result of a viral infection. The self-inflicted detachment that people have made from society due to Covid has greatly curtailed their activities. Going to the store, rushing to the bank, going out with your friends, moving the body from here to there burns calories. This lack of reduction in burnt calories accumulates body fat. This weight gain can be further attenuated with the response of the stress hormone cortisol which wreaks havoc on the endocrine system. Your body does not care how it looks, it just wants to survive. Cortisol starts shutting down the machinery. Shut off all peripheral systems, they are using energy that may be desperately needed for a possible attack. Cortisol along with epinephrine and adrenaline are your three stress hormones. Don’t blame all of this weight on cortisol. and your activity levels. Much of these accumulated calories you have ingested. Sitting around your home puts you in close proximity to food sources. The hundred calorie snack here and hundred calorie snack there if done two times a day equals 200 calories daily approximately 6,000 calories monthly. One pound of body fat requires about 3500 extra calories to be ingested. Doing the math !.71 pounds of fat a month times 15 months equals 25 extra pounds of fat.
Motivation is something that, at times, can be pretty elusive. Sometimes it can be challenging to get yourself to the gym, even if it is walking downstairs to your home gym. It's best to find intrinsic means to motivate. It is about finding things that are important to you to get you going. They shouldn't be goals that are societally based. They should be about goals that fulfill your inner needs, Telling yourself that you want to lose weight because you want to be more aesthetically pleasing may not be the proper approach. Tell yourself that you're losing weight because you wish to be more healthy and more vibrant. Go to the gym and work out because it makes you feel good and will help you function better. Choose better food choices because it increases your feelings of health. Having goals is essential. Having obtainable short-term goals is imperative for long-term success. If the goals we set are too difficult to achieve, we run the risk of failure indeed. Failure is counterproductive to feelings of self-efficacy. It is hard to accomplish anything if we don't believe in ourselves