August 16, 2010

Fat VS. Muscle – What Is My Goal?

Welcome to this weekly edition of Fitness for Golf newsletter.

I hope you all had a nice, relaxing weekend. Now, it’s time for a little wake up call. Do you all realize Thanksgiving is only 3 short weeks away?

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. I have family recipes that have taken decades to perfect and they never seem to disappoint. It is a great time to gather with family and friends.

Along with all of the warmth and good times created from one Thanksgiving to another is the constant threat of weight gain. I learned a long time ago that Thanksgiving is not a one week or two week affair. It’s ONE day. What this means to me is that I can feel the freedom and enjoyment to have all of my favorite dishes on that day and feel no guilt whatsoever. However, I don’t allow this one day to turn into another reason to prolong what’s really important and that’s healthy eating and exercising.

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You’re probably wondering where I am going with this.

Well, I have a suggestion for each of you. I rented a movie, actually a documentary, this weekend called “Super Size Me”. It is available at your local video store. It is a “must see” for anyone who struggles with eating healthy or trying to lose weight.

This movie received a lot of press when it was released because it created some havoc for the fast food industry, especially McDonald’s. It is a hard hitting film that specifically addresses the reasons why so many of us struggle with weight loss and the forces that can work against us in society.

Rent the movie, then send me an e-mail on your thoughts. I can’t wait to see what you think.

Since fat loss is an issue which plagues many golfers, I will focus this weeks tip on responsible and effective fat loss methods. If you won’t lose weight for your health or well being, I guarantee a little weight loss will go a long way with spinal rotation and injury prevention. Hitting the ball longer and straighter while feeling like a million bucks can’t be all that bad…
Best regards,

Susan Hill
Fitness for Golf


Fat Vs. Muscle- What is My Goal? 

Almost daily in my regular personal training business I get the question…what is the best way to lose weight or how can I get “this” off? (they usually just point to the troubled spot in disgust).

I thought this week I would provide you with a graphic which really tells it like it is. What you are seeing on the right hand side is a replica of actual fat from inside your body as well as a replica of muscle.

Can you guess how many pounds of fat and muscle you are looking at?

Each replica is 5 pounds. So, why do they look so different?

Fat takes up five times more space in your body than does muscle. As you can see, the muscle is very small, dense, and firm. The fat is just the opposite. Which one will make you look better? Which one will make you feel and look firm and decrease the inches around your waist?

So, what would happen if you lost 5 lbs. of fat and gained 5 lbs. of muscle? How much would your scale weight change? ZERO!

Are you following me? This is the primary reason why we can’t be a slave to the scale because it only gives us part of the picture. Our body fat composition tells us the rest of the story. What is most important is how our body is functioning.

In my business, one of the worst things that can happen is for a client to go on a “quickie” diet and lose scale weight that is all or mostly muscle and NO fat. Believe it or not, this happens all the time which is why trainers are always relaying the benefits of exercise and healthy eating with an emphasis on strength training.



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This week I have a challenge for you. I encourage each of you to go to the Nutrition section and fill out the numbers in the Body Fat estimator. Just click on the link below to take you there. You will probably need to log in first.

Being aware of your body fat composition is a very important step in seeking overall improvement in your body and your game. Once you get your number, send me an e-mail and we can talk about what types of things you can do to make improvement in this area. I have great experience in assisting people with body composition changes. The personal service you can receive on this website is unrivaled in an on-line training site. You should take advantage of it!

Keep those questions and comments coming. I look forward to your suggestions for improvement and continuing to make this site the most advanced, sophisticated and comprehensive on the market.

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“I’m already down 12 lbs. by using the fat loss menus on your website. I feel so much better and I am starting to see some real improvement in my game. Thanks again for giving me encouragement and helping me reach my goals.”
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