What are SMART goals?
These are goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant (or realistic) and time-bound.
Goals that are specific
When setting a health and nutrition goal, the first factor is that it needs to be specific. Planning to “lose weight” is too vague. A specific goal could to reach a healthy body weight by the beginning of the summer. The key components that make a weight loss goal specific are deciding how much weight you want to lose, in what period of time and how do you want to do it. People often find this difficult to do on their own because they don’t know the various options involved and whether it’s realistic. More on that below.
A goal is to “eat healthier” is very noble, but not specific enough, whereas a goal is to lower your blood sugar or cholesterol or blood pressure or to reduce your risk to specific diseases that run in your family is a specific goal.
In this session, I’ll help you define specific health and nutrition goals and offer my opinion in areas that you would like help.
Goals that are measurable
When setting a goal it’s necessary to define what is going to be used to measure whether it’s been met. That is, what does success look like?
If the goal is weight loss, it can be measured by a certain number of pounds or kilos lost or by a specific waist to height ratio. If the goal is to eat healthier, then in can be measured in how many times you eat fish in a week or leafy green vegetables in a day or how many grams of carbohydrate you eat at each meal.
What does success look like to you? I can help with this!
Goals that are achievable
For goals to be be accomplished, they need to be achievable from the beginning..
When it comes to setting weight loss goals, it is not uncommon for people to decide they want to lose 20 pounds in a month before a special social function, but is it achievable? It’s the same with eating healthier. Setting a goal to eat 10-12 servings of non-starchy vegetables per day may sound like a good idea, but can you do it and is it even necessary? (It’s not, by the way!)
Goals that are relevant or realistic
For a goal to be relevant it needs to fit within a person’s broader goals.
If you want to set a goal to lose weight but want to eat together with your family, then the plan needs to account for the fact that your meals and your family’s meals need to work together. I can help you do that!
If you have a goal is to buy only locally-sourced food but want to eat local seafood but live inland, this goal is not going to be possible as it is, but what would be the “next best”?
For a goal to be realistic it needs to be achievable and this often needs people to consult with someone that would know. This is where I will help!
Goals that are time-bound
Setting a goal to “lose weight” is pretty generic. Setting a goal to lose a given amount of weight in a specific amount of time means that a fair amount of planning and implementing needs to occur for that goal to be realized. This is where I can help!