Individuals who efficiently shed some pounds achieve this, in keeping with a brand new research
June 4, 2021
Welcome to Play Smart, a game improvement column published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday by Game Improvement Editor Luke Kerr-Dineen to help you play golf smarter and better. Today we learn from a new weight loss study.
One of the biggest challenges – perhaps the biggest challenge – for those looking to lose a significant amount of weight isn’t actually losing weight. It holds the weight off when it’s gone.
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Don’t get me wrong, losing weight is not easy, but many people get it by pulling themselves up to do it: they take a new diet, a new exercise regimen, and make the sacrifices because they have a goal. What if they did it once? You take your foot off the gas, go back to the bad habits that originally made you lose weight – and eventually win it all back.
Ultimately, the key to losing weight successfully is that it’s less about losing weight itself and more about adopting new habits. Things You Can Actually Keep Up – Which brings us to a new study from Weight Watchers that should come as welcome news to golfers everywhere.
Sit less, walk more
The study, which was published in the Obesity Society’s flagship journal Obesity and which you can read for yourself here, tracked 4,305 people over three years who lost an average of 54 pounds with WW. They found that those who managed to maintain the weight “spent three hours less per day sitting during the week (10.9 versus 13.9) and at the weekend (9.7 versus 12.6)”. They also found that the same group spent, on average, about an hour a day doing “work-related sitting”.
In summary, People who lost weight and kept the weight off spent less time sitting each day, and more time in motion than those who didn’t.
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“This study showed that physical activity is linked to improved weight loss,” said John M. Jakicic, PhD, FACSM, FTOS, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Healthy Lifestyle Institute and the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania said. “Less sitting, which leads to more exercise, is the key to maintaining weight loss. So sit less and move more. “
What does this mean for you as a golfer reading this? Well, aside from the obvious fact that playing golf is good for your health, it’s a great reminder to stay more on your feet while playing. Skip the golf cart and walk instead. It will hold the weight if that is your goal and your body will thank you for it.
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Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor for GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role, he oversees all of the brand’s service journalism in the areas of training, equipment, health and fitness on all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.
An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina-Beaufort golf team, where he put them at number 1 on the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to do his Masters in Journalism from Columbia University and was named in 2017 “Rising Star” of the News Media Alliance. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast.