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USA Swimming gives bad advice directly to swim coaches, Part 2

If you Google ‘USA Swimming what should I eat?’ you’ll get this slideshow. This is the second post in which we try to make sense of the nutritional advice USA Swimming gives to swim coaches. This is slide 18. And … Continue reading

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USA Swimming gives bad advice directly to swim coaches, Part 1

If you Google ‘USA Swimming what should I eat?’ you’ll get this slideshow. The slideshow was prepared and presented by a consultant hired by USA Swimming to provide nutritional advice to coaches at clinics held around the country. This slideshow … Continue reading

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The Mantra Problem

Below is a list of words and phrases that nutritionists use with mantra-like frequency. Like a mantra, these phrases have lost any actual meaning, and are used to fill space (or possibly signal virtue), not convey information. They are a … Continue reading

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USA Swimming gives some bad nutritional advice on dietary fat, Part 2

Big mistake #2: The author forgot the audience. This is nutritional advice for the athletes of USA Swimming. In 2016, there were 336,036 year-round swimmers in USA Swimming. More than 96% of these swimmers were 18 or younger (and 56% are female). … Continue reading

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USA Swimming gives some bad nutritional advice on dietary fat, Part 1

USA Swimming offers lots of odd, out-dated, and ill-informed nutritional advice to young swimmers. This series of posts are offered as a corrective. Today we consider “Clearing the Confusion on Fat” written by Chris Rosenbloom Ph.D., RDN, CSSD. Let’s jump right … Continue reading

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ACSM 2016 – “Nutrition and Athletic Performance,” by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians of Canada, and the American College of Sports Medicine (2016)

Quite the document and worth reading. I don’t mean to suggest that consensus documents from big public health institutions are generally very useful for athletes, especially teenage athletes. They aren’t. This one is, though. It is focused on athletes. And … Continue reading

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Some good advice from USA Swimming on protein. Seriously.

Lest this whole exercise come across as overly negative, let’s take a look at a piece of nutritional advice from USA Swimming that is pretty good. ”Protein: How Much is Too Much?” – Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN The author’s recommendation … Continue reading

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