MCC My Average Intake Is More than What My Body Requires Question


When you are ready to make a behavior change, set a goal to improve your likelihood of success! SMART goals include five important characteristics:

  • Specific: Rather than trying to completely overhaul your lifestyle, focus on just one behavior at a time.
  • Measurable: Include a definite way to track your progress.
  • Achievable: To avoid discouragement, make sure the goal is realistic for you.
  • Relevant: Choose a goal that is worthwhile and in alignment with what is going on in your life right now.
  • Timed: Set a due date.

As a guide for format, here is a SMART goal related to energy balance:

By March 1st, I will increase my physical activity to at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week. I will do this by meeting with a friend to walk around campus before dinner. I will track my progress using a FitBit.

You can see that this goal is specific (focuses on one behavior change), measurable (minutes of physical activity per day), achievable (it would be feasible to walk for 30 minutes on most days of the week), relevant (it would help with weight management, reduce stress, and improve my metabolic health), and is timed (due date is March 1st).

After you have analyzed your dietary data, identify an area related to energy balance that could use some improvement. For example, many students experience some weight gain during their college years. Write a SMART goal for yourself that would modify your energy intake, energy expenditure, or both. Make it relevant for you.

1. SPECIFIC: What is one specific behavior that you would like to change related to energy balance (i.e., calories in versus calories out)?

2. MEASURABLE: How could you measure this behavior?

3. ACHIEVABLE: What are some practical strategies you will use to achieve your goal?

4. RELEVANT: Describe how this behavior change goal is worthwhile and in alignment with what is going on in your life right now.

5. TIMED: By what date would you like to achieve your behavior change?