David Lake - Importance of Nutrition

David Lake is a personal trainer at the MyLife studios in Clifton, specializing in the development of golf specific fitness.

As a former Gloucestershire County Champion and County 1st Team player for 10 years, David has a huge amount of experience from both a technical and playing perspective, so is perfectly placed to advise on the best way to fuel your body for good golf.

It's not an uncommon sight to see players preparing for a round by helping themselves to a bacon and sausage roll.

There are even some pros who would happily take on the picture that we can see here.....but is that really the best way of preparing yourself for the round ahead ?

We asked David for his opinion, and not unsurprisingly he said no !!

What No Egg ?

photo courtesy of RBPhotography Ltd

So why is Nutrition so important ? This is what David had to say....

 

"There are many reasons why nutrition (eating and drinking well) is important to you but the main reason is for overall health and well-being. After that, factors such as sports performance, which is what we want to look at here, are important too as it can help you play better golf.

Eating the right foods can help keep your energy levels stable.....the rough diagram gives an indication of the peaks and dips that occur when eating and drinking poorly and what it means to performance.

The blue line shows a diet that is high in bad sugars and fats and low in protein. These foods will be things like chocolate, crisps, cakes, biscuits, white bread, white pasta.

The red line is a diet with plenty of protein, good carbohydrates (sugars) and good fats. Foods like poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds, whole meal breads, wide variety of fruit and veg and oils such as olive and coconut.

The important thing that the graph shows are the DIPS, this is where your energy and blood sugar level is at its lowest which makes you far more likely to make poor decisions and/or lose concentration which will cost you shots.

So what do you need to do?

Lets not make things too complicated. The things that you can do to play better and stay healthy are small diet changes like the ones below.

  • Be prepared – this means planning your food for the round in advance
  • Drink water/squash (on an average day at least 2 litres)
  • Eat plenty of fruit and veg (all different kinds if possible as they are full of different vitamins, minerals and nutrients)
  • Proteins (have a mixture of meats, fish and eggs etc) will help you grow, build and repair muscle and fill you up for longer.
  • Carbohydrates – Choose whole-meal versions of bread, pasta and rice as they will have more of the good stuff in them and release their energy slowly throughout the round.
  • Reduce the amount of sugary snacks and drinks you eat.
  • Choose nuts and seeds to eat on the course. (Plus when it’s hot they don’t melt!!)

If this seems like too much to take in don’t worry! You don’t have to be perfect, just try and improve little bits one or two at a time.

 

For example you might do the following:-

 

Week 1 – Try 2 new vegetables & take a small pot of nuts and seeds around the golf course

Week 2 – Try 2 new fruits, drink plenty of water and have whole meal bread instead of white.

And so on and so on until it’s become a habit. Once it becomes a habit you’d be surprised how easy it is!"

 

If you have any questions at all about any of the content above, or would like to know more about the ways that taking care of your physical fitness can improve your golf, then you can contact David on 07748 386625.

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