By thinforlife on 1/11/12
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 (read mistake 1 here).
Mistake #2 - Using a scale to measure success. It sounds counterintuitive but it's right on the money and here's why.
Think about it, the scale is just a just a partial barometer of how you're doing. We are all so caught up into the weight, the pounds, and the calories. To me it's just a bunch of dieter’s mathematical gobbleegook (and believe me, it’s a bankrupt strategy).
Fat takes up a lot more room on your body than muscle.
Muscle weighs a lot more than fat but doesn't take up as much room.
On my Weight Loss for Golfers Program you will Increase your Lean Muscle Tissue and you'll burn fat. In fact, the more muscle tissue you have, the more fat you are able to burn.
So the scale may not give you the feedback that you want. (eg: In your first 2 weeks you gain 4 pounds of muscle and lose 9 pounds of fat and the scales just shows you a net loss of a measly 5 pounds.
Yet in fact you are noticeably smaller and well on your way. So why would you want to torture yourself on a daily ritual of using a contraption that just makes you feel bad about yourself?
So I'm recommending to anyone that’s reading this, if you got a scale throw it away or at least put it away.
The only time you want to get on a scale is if you want to get a baseline as to where you are starting from or what your body fat percentage is. The scale can be helpful for that.
A better gauge of your success is size and body fat percentage.
The best way to determine how you're doing is how do your clothes fit?
What does the tape measure say? How do you look in the mirror? Are you smaller? Is there less of you there?
If you are getting smaller and your clothes are fitting looser and you look better in the mirror and feel better: You are succeeding!
Keep it up.
If you're a man and you're wearing a size 44 waist and you'd like to be a 36 do you really care what you're going to weigh when you get to a 36?
I don't think so. The answer should be no.
Whatever size you are, just start by picking a goal size that you'd like to be. (It’s all relative—you are what you are and you want to be what you want to be)
If you have a lot to lose, pick an interim size as an interim goal too.
And start moving in the right direction. You can always adjust.
Because in this game size matters and it's all about getting smaller.
When someone notices that you have lost a lot of weight they don't go around trying to figure out what you weigh. Nope. They notice it because there is a LOT LESS OF YOU THERE. So pick a size not a weight.
Remember Unlike Golf...
This is a game you can WIN, by shooting even par, under par, or a little over par just about every day of your life.
Stay tuned for Mistake #3.
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 puuikibeach
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