Myth vs. Fact: Fewer Calories While Injured?


Myth: “I am an injured athlete. I should eat less calories while injured to keep from gaining extra weight.”

Fact: The truth is that your body actually needs more calories (15-20%) to help it repair damaged tissue and heal. During this time you want to make sure and consume quality calories (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, lean protein) to promote lean weight and remember that once you start exercising again any extra pound or two gained will likely burn right off.–Amy Goodson

amy-goodson-quarterback-ranchAmy 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 the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. . She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.