Mistake 6
By thinforlife on 2/8/12
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 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 the first five mistakes here, here, here, here and here).

Mistake #6: "The Everything in Moderation" Mindset Trap.

Here's a typical scenario I see all the time. Some well-meaning person whose been struggling with their weight finally decides to do something about it. They've been off the grid with their food, their fitness and their weight for some period of time.

They're bigger than they want to be, maybe out of focus or out of control, usually not very happy about their situation, and they say, “I'm going to start to do everything in moderation. Maybe cut back on portions, calories, sweets and then I’m going to beat this 800 pound gorilla into submission with a little gearing back and everything will be OK.”

We've all heard it a thousand times growing up. It's still the conventional “wisdom.” How many times have seen and heard the talking heads recommending: “Everything in Moderation?” They continue, “Moderation is the key to success.” Well maybe when it comes to your speed on the highway or not getting too much sun on the golf course, BUT when it comes to your weight, Moderation Does NOT Work!

The BIG MISTAKE is most of us come into the game with the mistaken mindset that a little cut back here and a little gear back there and all will be well. NOT. Again you wouldn't tee off over a lake with a 160-yard-carry using a PUTTER would you?. No, you would use more than enough club to “carry the drink.” This is a huge mindset mistake people make with their weight. They don't “use enough club.” It's an amateur mistake, and it’s a costly one.

Here's a reminder:

Sometimes we think we need new information—and sometimes we do. Maybe this concept of moderation is just not enough IS a new idea for you to consider. But more often than not, we need reminding of what we already know and are just not doing. It's that old golf thing again.

We all know it's in the very nature of golf that the game “always fights back.” How many times have you heard someone try to explain some wacky event on the golf course by saying “it's just golf?”

Since an overweight body seems to always be in the resistance mode, if you are overweight and out of shape, odds are your body just will not reward you enough for using the moderate approach, especially at the beginning.
Just like the game of golf we need to remember—our body seems to ALWAYS fight back too. Often times more than the golf course. Moderation is just not enough to win that fight.

If you look at those who've lost 60+ pounds and have kept it off for 5 years or more, they didn't typically succeed first time around. What made the difference was the seriousness and mental intensity of their program. And although getting the food right is definitely the foundation, adding some form of doable regular exercise was a crucial piece of the puzzle that had often been missing. When you get these two pieces right--you can actually eat yourself thin instead of starve yourself fat.

Keep in mind, the real deal is...THIS is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE that you engineer for yourself, that works for you for the long term! It is NOT little cut back here and a little gear back there.

The simple answer is this. To succeed for the long term with your weight and your size and your health, you’ve got learn to be able to learn to coexist with real food and regular physical activity AND you have to carefully “think your way around the course” continuously.

Otherwise you could end up in a hazard, OB, and stuck in the FAT TRAP or worse.

With a few “high tech” tools like a knife, a fork, a pair of sneakers, and the right road map and mindset—you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Stay tuned for Mistake #7.

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 Enjoy! I'm sure he's ready for your feedback.

photo by soukup

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