Myth vs. Fact: Fast Food Won’t Hurt Me
MYTH VS. FACT
Myth: “I am an athlete. I can eat fast food for every meal and it won’t hurt me because I burn TONS of calories.”
Fact: Yes, you are right . . . As an athlete you are a metabolic machine, but you want to provide your body with food and nutrients that fuel it for performance. Eat more whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats (peanut butter, nuts, flaxseed, seeds, olive oil, avocado, fish) on a normal basis and save the fast food meals for 1-2 times/week on a non-practice day.
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and t