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 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 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 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 soukup

[ comments ]
Mr_X says:
First off, I drove the green of a par three over a pond at 105 yards with my putter last spring. I tee up my putter a few times a year during rounds of best ball. My longest carry over water was around 165 to a green side trap 2 years ago. Driving with your putter is a blast! It helps me think about hitting shots differently. I missed that 6 footer for birdie, but had a great time playing that hole.
Mr_X says:
I do agree that “moderation” can lead to no change in habits when those habits really need to be changed. People lie to themselves all the time. But, I believe real lifestyle changes need to come about gradually or risk complete failure. I just spent 2 weeks on a pure vegan; no processed food and no oil diet because Golfsmith7 recommended seeing "Forks Over Knives". The changes in my diet were extreme. For those two weeks I exercised at least 45 min a day. I lost 10 pounds in 14 days!! I will continue to incorporate these dietary changes in my daily life going forward, but I suspect I will only be a weekday vegetarian. (Good vegan options are, even in a big city are difficult to find.) Four months ago I could never have made that switch in my diet and exercise habits. Last summer I was eating 4000 plus calories of fried food, corn fed meat and sugar laced snack food daily to maintain my 275 lbs. The most exercise I got was walking 18 holes.
Mr_X says:
The changes I needed to embrace a vegan diet and my dedication to exercise came about gradually over 6 months. Larry, I like your tag line. Simple changes can yield drastic results. But, I would emphasize that the changes need to incorporated at a gradual pace to find permanency in our lives.
Dusty23 says:
Back in March 2009 I got on my scale and was stunned to see it read 244.5, now at 6'4" that might not seem so bad if I was trying to play linebacker, but I was 52 and them days is long gone. Having spent most of my adult life at 200-215, I decided I needed to make changes. I went to a salads only for meals at work and reduced portions and ended the snack nibbling all evening, just one snack with evening TV. Then I hit the street, a bad back prevents jogging, so I went into semi-speed walking, 4 miles a day in just over an hour, 7 days a week. My goal, a humble 1/2 to 3/4 pd a week to get down to around to 215-219 by the end of the year. I got down to 210. It was hard and it was hard to stick to, and I've gone back up to about 230. But now I know what it takes, now I have to learn how make it work permanently. That is the toughest part.
joe jones says:
A guy I know recently lost 160 pounds. He divorced his wife.
Mr_X says:
I got a buddy like that. He has been divorced for 2 years and still misses his ex. But his aim is getting better.
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