Mistake 4
By thinforlife on 1/25/12
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 oobgolf 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 the first three mistakes here, here and here).

Mistake #4 The “I can do it Without Exercise Mentality.”

How many times have you seen someone who was trying to lose weight (most likely on a eat less, calorie-restricted diet – and we’ve already discussed why this is a BAD idea) AND when you mention exercise to them their eyes glaze over? Most people on diets just try to eat less and don’t even have the energy to exercise (even if they wanted to—which most don’t).

They think they can do it without exercise. After all don’t all those ads that promise you a new body also promise no exercise required?

Let’s get real now.

If you were to just do it with food, yes you would get a result.

But without some kind of physical activity mixed into the equation, you will not get the result you want. Or put another way, you won’t get as good of a result as you could.

Why is this?

Well first of all I believe that what you eat is the foundation. You’ve just got to get that right. Learning how to (what I call)

Eat Clean without dieting, counting calories, and starving is critical for your success.

Then adding physical activity to the mix gives you the missing piece to the puzzle.


Because from a weight loss and body fat burning perspective exercise helps you add lean muscle tissue to your body (not rippling body-builders muscle—just lean muscle that all of us at any age can easily add).

This is important because muscle is the “flame” that fat burns in. The more lean muscle you have, the more fat you’re going to burn. So when you combine regular activity with my brand of

Eating Clean you get a multiplier effect and it’s like
1 + 1 = 4.

Plus as we age we lose muscle, and if you don’t stay on top of it and do something about it makes things harder.

From a health perspective regular physical activity is important for more health benefits beyond the scope of this article. For starters, suffice to say, your heart, lungs, bones, and brain will thank you.

Some of us know people that exercise like crazy, BUT they eat whatever they want and don’t pay much attention to what’s on their plate. It’s the same thing here. With the “exercise only” mindset and not paying attention to your food, at best you will get you a limited “result.”

The simple answer is this. To succeed for the long term with your weight, your size and your health, you’ve got learn to be able to learn to coexist with real food and regular physical activity.

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

Remember the front nine is from the time you wake up until after lunch, the back nine is from after lunch until bedtime. You can make a lot of pars, some birdies, bogeys and others, yet at the end of the day – unlike golf – this is a game you can actually WIN, by shooting even par, under par, or a little over par just about every day of your life.

Stay tuned for Mistake #5.

This was written by Larry Jacobs, a reader/follower/fellow oober and the opinions are 100% his and do not reflect those of oobgolf 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 sanchom

[ comments ]
birdieXris says:
I keep reading these articles and I like them more and more. Where have you been? haha. I see a lot of the "i can do it without exercise" people. Honestly it's kinda sad because you know that if you tell them you'll be stared at like you have 3 heads. usually the reason is "i don't have time to go to the gym" or something to that effect. Remember "exercise" while pretty standard in meaning doesn't need to happen in standard ways. Example: Don't use the laundry chute if you have one. Pile your dirty clothes in a basket and schlep them downstairs. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk instead of ride if it's within a mile. Small steps first will lead you to more exercise-like behavior like lifting and running.
Banker85 says:
Some female co workers of mine believe they can lose weight by just dieting. That is absurd. I would rather eat what i want and exercise then diet and no exercise. I like the articles very good logical and atleast to me common sense thoughts on health weight control and exercise now i just need to start doing.
cscovil says:
Good article. birdieX is right, "small steps will lead to more exercise..." Lean muscle needs fuel to burn. It will burn the calories you put in, and the fat you have left on. Just be careful of how many calories you consume and like thinforlife says, "Eat Clean." Try walking the course instead of riding. You'll feel it at the end, but you'll get stronger the more you do it. Dieting without exercise...I laugh.
birdieXris says:
So for real...just how easy is it to follow something like this? Super easy!!! I ate ALL day today. Something every couple hours..6:30.Big bowl Cereal. 2 or so serves. 9:00 apple, 11:00 turkey and Swiss sandwich, 1:00 banana, 2:00 raspberry yogurt, 4:00 chicken and dumping soup cup and veggie salad w/ honey mustard dressing (a good squeeze too because It's tasty) 6:25 a protein bar before my workout. 8:25 16oz Orange juice. All of that, wasn't want for food all day not being starved, and before exercose was STILL ONLY 1900 calories!!! Ate it all at my desk. Also drank about 3/4 gallon of water..still counting.
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