7 Mistakes Most Golfers Make When Trying to Lose Weight
By thinforlife on 1/5/12
Larry thinforlife Jacobs is a top food and weight loss coach and he has worked with several prominent golfers including Fred Funk and Allen Doyle. A few weeks back, he contacted ClubSG because he wanted to share his tips with us on how to get the most of the 2012 golf season. So I thought, what the heck, let's hear him out. Over the next seven weeks, he'll share his seven tips to help you lose weight and get in shape. You can find more from Larry on his website thingolfer.com. Enjoy!
You can reach your Weight, Health and Fitness goals in the New Year, whether you want to lose weight, get fit, eat healthy or simply just feel better by avoiding the 7 biggest mistakes most golfers make when trying to lose weight and get into shape.
Mistake #1 - Counting Calories and Eating Less or going on a diet at all.
Diets don’t work and I will elaborate below.
Why Diets Make You Fatter
Let me share something with you that not many people know. It may shock you, but I promise you that after this you will never go on a diet again. Diets restrict calories. That’s the point. But no one can stay on a calorie-restricted diet forever. Therefore, any weight that you “lose” on a diet is only temporary.
When you go on a diet, your body slows down the rate at which it burns energy (your “metabolism”) in order to save you from the starvation of the diet itself. And when you go off the diet, which inevitably happens because no human can eat just cabbage soup or protein shakes or red meat for any length of time.
You automatically go back to your old eating habits. Unfortunately, your metabolism is now MUCH slower (because you were just on a diet) and now you’re putting on more weight than you were before.
And here’s the absolute worst part. When you lose “weight” on your “diet” you lost it mostly from muscle and water. Less than half of your weight loss is actually body fat.
Now, muscle and water weigh a lot, so the scale says you’re doing fine. But when you finally get hungry, tired, frustrated, and fed up, and you go off the diet, the weight comes back. And the weight you regain comes back on mostly as body fat.
Do you believe this? You went on a diet to lose weight, and you ended up with even more fat than when you started.
Sadly, that’s the case for so many people who do fad diets. That’s why their weight “yo-yos” all over the place. And that’s why they can never keep the weight off.
If you’ve been on a lot of diets (the yo-yo diet syndrome) you’re even worse off, because this just accelerates the above problems by continuing to slow down the rate at which you burn fat to the point where it feels like you’ll never be able to get it off again! Since the quality of weight you gained back is primarily body fat… Most people who’ve been on lots of diets, are bigger now than they’ve ever been!
The ONLY Solution Is...
To turn yourself into a lean, fat-burning machine. But you’re not going to do it by dieting. And it’s certainly not going to happen by sitting around and doing nothing.
Nope, to accomplish this you will need to learn how to Eat Clean and Get Active. Remember it's not how much you eat...it's WHAT you eat that matters MOST.
Stay tuned for Mistake #2.
This was written by Larry Jacobs, a reader/follower/fellow ClubSGer and the opinions are 100% his and do not reflect those of ClubSG in anyway. You can find more from Larry on his website thingolfer.com. Enjoy! I'm sure he's ready for your feedback.
photo by didbygraham
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Boo Bryant says:
I had this exact conversation with some guys 2 hours before I read this. One of the guys had lost weight (dieted) to fit in his uniform for his military retirement. He went from 160 down to 138. He now weighs 162.
Good into. Thanks alot I will continue to put food in just not the bad stuff. :)
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