You cannot change your life without changing your behaviors. Sounds simple right? Sounds pretty obvious right? Well, after going through the Precision Nutrition Certification and then comparing it to the hundreds of adults we have spoken to and worked with over the years there is two very different philosophies at work here.
In this article I am going to shed some light on what I learned and how it can help change (or challenge) your fat loss perspective so that you can achieve your goals, live a healthier and happier life, and then have the mentality to keep these results for life.
How Ready Are You For Change?
The first thing to consider is how ready for change are you? Just because an individual comes into our facility to discuss our programs, or responds to one of our program offers, or even calls us on the phone does not mean that they are truly ready for all out life-overhauling change. Therefore, it is the job of the coach to investigate the level of change the person is ready for. This allows for coach and client to be on the same page when behaviors need to be modified.
Here’s the thing though, just because the client isn’t ready to change everything doesn’t mean that they can’t change something. The key is to dive deeper into the clients vision, habits and WHY they want to start a lifestyle change. The client usually only sees one speed when it comes to fitness, nutrition, and health and that is all out 100mph to the finish line. We know that the process for change is more gradual and that consistently is the deciding factor.
It is also critical to match expectations with behaviors. If a client comes to you and wants to lose 30 pounds but will not reduce the times they go out to eat on the weekends or their alcohol intake it is our job to have that conversation with them. This goes with how long it takes for change to occur. People usually quit because they have unrealistic expectations and there actions are not in line with reality.
Behavior Over Outcome Goals
We hear it all the time and you may be guilty of it as well, “I just want to lose 20 pounds!” Okay, great. But then what? And how do you plan on getting there?
Insert, “just tell me what to eat,” or “do you have a meal plan to follow?” I’ve talked about this before in my other article which you can read here:
So for the sake of this article let’s agree that we can do better than that train of thought. Here’s how: focus on your behavioral goals over your outcome goals.
An outcome goal is I that I want to lose 20 pounds.
A behavior goal is that I am going to eat protein and veggies during 90 % of my weekly meals and focus on drinking mostly water.
The outcome goal is the end result. The behavior goal is how you plan on achieving that outcome!
This isn’t just for fat loss either as it really is a skill set for life. Any big goal you set for yourself you need to create the behavior and ritual of attacking that goal every single day.
Being Precision Nutrition Certified I learned best how to empower this train of thought, how to hold people accountable to their behaviors and how to understand when life just gets in the way once in a while! And it will!
So think about it, what outcome goal would you like to accomplish in the next 90 days to one year? Got it? Okay, great!
Now reverse engineer the action steps you will need to do every single day to make that goal a reality. Use these action steps as your REAL goal! Now, every single day you are following through, you are becoming the person you envision and you are moving your lifestyle in the direction you desire.
Now, that’s powerful! Embrace it, challenge yourself, and remember that it really is about the journey, not the destination!
Excellence & Execution
To me, excellence means doing what we set out to do to the absolute best of our ability. It does not mean perfect, it just means that we hold ourselves to a standard. Through the Precision Nutrition Certification they revisit this word quite a few times and here is why; people want excellence in their lives but sometimes they feel that it is too difficult or too many things have to go right for it to happen.
So, let’s take weight loss as the example. We hear it all the time how lofty the goals are of individuals who discuss our training and nutrition programs with us. They verbally want to see this phenomenal results, which we love that they are ambitious, but then it comes down to doing the actions necessary long-term to reach their goals they run into the mental road blocks. They start to list of all the things that can go wrong before anything has happened at all. I totally understand why though, they have tried and failed before so why should this time be any different?
That’s where part two comes in: execution. I always believed that people are capable of excellence and that all it really takes is follow through but I learned with Precision Nutrition is how to set the stage for excellence, how to be there for people so that they can understand what excellence looks like to them and then hold them accountable to executing on a day-to-day basis.
For example, one area of excellence and execution is in meal prepping. Great, we know all of that, but what if someone meal preps great Sunday-Wednesday and then slows down the rest of the week. How do you engage that client to take the next step for meal planning? The answer, re-frame what excellence means.
If you do a great job meal planning on Sunday what are some of the environments that make you successful then that we can recreate on Wednesday? What are some of the things you already do on Wednesday? How can we create the environment where you will want to meal plan in the middle of the week?
This is a great example how people do not need more information, they have plenty of that online and in the media, they need coaching.
Challenge the Process
If you are at this nutrition and lifestyle thing long enough we all know that progress is going to stall, people can get frustrated, they can start to doubt themselves, the system and anything else that comes to mind.This is all a part of the journey and what I learned and believe in is that it is all a challenge that we can respond to.
Take for instance when someone hits a plateau in their weight loss and begins to get frustrated, what do you say?
Here’s how I would re-frame the situation:
First, Megan, it is incredible that you have gotten this far already. Your consistency and effort are tremendous. Now that we have hit a plateau doesn’t mean that the journey is over. Instead, how about we use this as a time to practice your habits? I remember you saying that you found stopping when you are 80 % full to be your toughest habit? How about we revisit that one while you are still going through the program. Also, Megan, I wanted to remind you that your final body composition destination is just going to be one long plateau! Use this as a practice experience for what it will be like to live a healthy lifestyle based on the skill sets you have developed. Does that sound good?
It would have been easy to fall into the trap of “oh, no! We hit a plateau what are we going to do!” But that wouldn’t have done Megan, or anyone any good. Instead, use each moment as a chance to challenge the process so that the client can continue to get better.
What Should You Know
I have mentioned before and many times in the past that information is everywhere. If you want the latest scientific fad or diet all you need to do is hop on Google or read a newest magazine addition. Therefore, as the coach it is our job to filter the information on a need to know basis.
Does the client need to know everything there is to know about micro and macronutrients? Do they need to know how every habit and every lesson is going to impact them right this second??
No. Information overload is one of the main reasons people fail at fitness and nutrition. They always think that there is a missing secret and latest and greatest trick that will help them.
I learned this quote from a business coach in the industry that I highly respect and it goes like this, “What would this look like if it were easy?”
Think about it. What would nutrition look like if it were easy? Did I just blow your mind? I hope so! Because it is true!
As a coach, it is my job to remind the client of that quote early and often. Information is everywhere, instead focus on actions and always remind yourself of the most fundamental truth, “what would this like if it were easy”
To say that the Precision Nutrition Certification was a great investment would be an understatement. I believe in it so much because I have talked and worked with hundreds of adults in my career. Almost all of them give me a similar version of what they think they need, why they have failed, and what their goals are. I couldn’t take offering meal plans, calorie counting apps, and things of that nature any more. Our motto here at Driven is to Commit To Greatness, with that in mind when Precision Nutrition offered their exact system to their students I jumped on it.
ProCoach is that system. The same system PN has used with over 40,000 students world wide, the same system that gets incredible results or your money back. We have it here at Driven, I get to coach you through it, and we would love to have you on board! If you would like more information please feel free to contact me at any time.