Welcome to Play Smart, a column to help you play smarter and better golf from Game Improvement Editor Luke Kerr-Dineen (Who you can follow on Twitter here).
When golfers struggle to lose weight, one of the biggest obstacles they face doesn’t change what or what they are eating. He knows what they are eating. This is the first step towards change, and it is difficult for most people to articulate.
And a recent in-depth study of American Dietetic Association prove it.
The ASN study collected data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which included nearly 10,000 Americans as they detailed their daily diet, and then asked these participants to rate how healthy they believed their diet was. Then the research analyzed how healthy the diets of these people were In fact Per her feeding guidelines, and she found a major break in communication.
“We found that only a small percentage of adults in the United States can accurately assess the health of their diet.” Written by Jessica Thompson, Ph.D., a research epidemiologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in the Southeast, in Science Daily. In addition, most adults exaggerate the quality of their diet, sometimes to a significant degree.
Specifically, the study found that nearly 85 percent inaccurately rated the quality of their diet, and 99 percent of participants “exaggerated the health of their diet.” Only those who admitted that their diet was unhealthy tended to rate themselves more accurately.
Simply put, almost everyone thinks they are eating healthier than they actually are.
How to Improve Your Diet *Actually*
After the results are shared, the study outlines ways in which this disconnect can be corrected in the future. Essentially, are people intentionally ignorant of what their diets are? Or do they simply not know what a healthy diet is look Such as?
As for what golfers can take away from all of this, first, learn what ASN calls some “healthy” and “unhealthy” foods.
Examples of foods rated by ASN as “healthiest” include…
- the fruit
- all grains
- healthy fats
- Low-fat dairy products
- vegetable proteins.
And some “less healthy” foods…
- refined grains
- Sodium-rich foods
- Foods with added sugars
- Saturated fat
Eating a healthy diet in general does not mean completely eliminating the last foods. It just means enjoying it in moderation. Quantity control is another big component in all of this. You don’t need to completely eliminate the unhealthy stuff in order to improve your diet, but if you’re going to enjoy some “refined grains” like pasta, make sure you control how much you actually eat. When I was working hard to lose weight, I actually started weighing this stuff with a scale and found it really helpful.