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Fitness Friday: What to eat on the golf course (hole by hole)

The oft-asked question of what to eat during a round of golf should be answered with another question, says sports nutritionist Matt Jones. "What hole are you on?"

What Jones means is that your dietary needs change as the round progresses.

"Before a round begins, you should consume a meal rich in protein (eggs, meat, fish), healthy fats (salmon, avocado, nuts), low-glycemic complex carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and beans, and small quantities of whole-grain starches such as potatoes, quinoa, rice or whole-grain breads," says Jones, who works with several players on the European Tour. "But once a round begins, what you consume should reflect how far along you are."

On the course, he says his "Super 6 Strategy" is your best bet for optimal performance. If you choose to eat during the first six holes, your goal is to stabilize energy levels. That means you'll want to eat low-carbohydrate foods. Fruits such as apples, pears, oranges or berries can be paired with a handful of nuts, for example. The fiber in the fruit and the fat in the nuts digest slowly to keep your energy level from varying. click here for complete story

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