06/10/2018 by Brett Cohen 1 Comment
Do This Before You Tee Off! Pre-Round Nutrition-Golf Fitness, NYC
If you’re a parent you wouldn’t let your child go to school without eating breakfast.
Because you know that a nourished body means a sharp mind.
Studies have shown that kids who eat breakfast perform better academically than kids who don’t.
So why would you think of going to play golf with eating breakfast?
You’re really just a BIG KID…..
Pre-Round Nutrition – Begin Your Day With Breakfast
Want to play golf better and last longer on the golf course? Breakfast is the key. Whether you have tee-time at 8:00 a.m or at noon, remember-breakfast will have a great effect on either tee-times.Why is breakfast important? After a rejuvenating night of sleep, the brain and body need fuel to operate.
Pre-round nutrition is very important for your performance on the course to give you that long lasting energy and focus.
When you wake up after a nights sleep you’ve been deprived of water and food for 8 – 12 hours. So the first thing you need to do is drink that glass of water and then prepare your breakfast.
In his very recently released book: Hole In One Nutrition my buddy and TPI Instructor Robert Yang speaks of the important of PFF. That stands for Protein-Fats and Fiber. On p.79 he says, "these are the best food for stabilizing your blook sugar and being a healthier, better golfer."
Eating a breakfast containing PFF can even help control blood sugar levels after lunch. It’s what’s know as the second meal phenomenon or the second meal effect. So what studies have shown is that if you eat breakfast vs. not eating breakfast, your blood sugar control is much better after lunch, no matter what you eat for lunch. So it’s really critical that you eat a proper breakfast in the morning so that your blood sugar levels are better even later in the day.
Blood Sugar Control
Blood sugar control is key to your overall health as well as your performance on the golf course. It all starts with your blood sugar. Ultimately controlling your blood sugar will control your hormones, your mood and your strength levels. The meal should contain sources of all three macronutrients; proteins-fats and carbohydrates. With an emphasis on protein and fat intake. Not only does that help get the blood sugar stable but it will supply you with those all important amino acids the brain and the body need to function optimally, both on the course and in the gym.
You definitely don’t want your breakfast to be carbohydrate based. This would include just having toast and coffee, muffins, and cereals. These foods will break down rapidly creating a blood sugar spike and leaving you searching for more sugary foods.
Experimenting With Foods.
Not all of us metabolize macronutrients at the same pace. Some of us need more fat and protein than others to feel satiated. These foods take more time to digest than carbohydrates so make sure you experiment with proportions and timing.
This is the core principal behind Metabolic typing. Proponents of Metabolic typing believe that each person has a unique metabolism, and that the proportion of macromolecules (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) which are optimal for one person may not be for a second, and could even be detrimental to them.
The basic guideline is this: Are you still feeling satified 3 – 4 hours AFTER the meal or are you looking to bite someone’s arm off? If that meal has not kept you satisfied than it’s lacking in protein and/or fat. Add more to the macro-nutrient ratio until you get the right mix.
Brett’s Bottom Line:
Our diet plays a fundamental role in our mental, emotional and physical well being. As kids we are encouraged to eat breakfast to perform at our best. As adults we need breakfast to sustain us as well. Eating a breakfast containing Proteins-Fats and Fiber will help you maintain stable blood sugar levels which is key to your golf performance and overall health. So whether or not you have tee time in the morning or the afternoon it’s important to start your day with a complete breakfast.
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