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Pool Side Secrets

Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

In the hot summer months, pool time is a necessity, especially if you live in hot ‘ole Texas like I do!  With a drink in your hand, you and your friends can solve the world’s problems and issues all while getting a suntan, or your vitamin D as this dietitian would say. 

Pool-side chatter, while innocent and care-free, can also stir up lots of questions, conversations and secrets about what hot diet your favorite celebrity is on, how you lost ten pounds to look better in your bikini or what snacks you should bring for your kids as they splash about.  Unfortunately this is also where opinions about food and beverages can become “fact” and myths your new reality.  So to set the story straight, let’s splash a little science at some common pool-side secrets…

  1. “I read diet drinks can make you gain weight” – News flash: Diet drinks don’t have calories as they are sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners.  Research supports that they can be included in a balanced diet and can even be a tool in your weight loss efforts, provided you don’t replace those calories with other foods.
  2. “Skipping meals helped me get into a smaller swimsuit” – Skipping meals is never a good option, as eventually you have to eat!  Your body requires food to function and have energy.  A key to healthy weight loss is swapping low-calorie foods in place of higher calorie items.  .  Balance over restriction is what can help shrink your waist size.
  3. “I only pack “nutritious” food for my kids to snack on while they play” – All foods fit!  Pizza and a soda as well as fresh apples dipped in natural peanut butter have a place in the diet.  Moderation is the answer when examining you and your family’s food choices.  In fact last time I was by the pool, I had chips, guacamole, and an umbrella drink!

 As you sit and sunbathe for the rest of the summer, don’t fall into the trap of believing everything you hear.  Some of those nutrition secrets need a cannon ball of truth splashed at them!  So don’t be afraid to dive in!


Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a full time sports dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, where she works with athletes of all levels, serves as a media dietitian, and speaks to sports teams as well as at a variety of nutrition, athletic training, and coaching conferences. She has worked with the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Texas Christian University Athletics, FC Dallas Soccer Team and Jim McLean Golf School in addition to a variety of endurance athletes. Additionally, Amy is a consultant to the Food and Beverage Industry.


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