Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook

Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook

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Boost your energy, manage stress, build muscle, lose fat, and improve your performance. The best-selling nutrition guide is now better than ever

Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook will help you make the right choices in cafes, convenience stores, drive-throughs, and your own kitchen.

Whether you're preparing for competition or simply eating for an active lifestyle, let this leading sports nutritionist show you how to get maximum benefit from the foods you choose and the meals you make. You'll learn what to eat before and during exercise and events, how to refuel for optimal recovery, and how to put into use Clark's family-friendly recipes and meal plans.

You'll find the latest research and recommendations on supplements, energy drinks, organic foods, fluid intake, popular diets, carbohydrate and protein intake, training, competition, fat reduction, and muscle gain. Whether you're seeking advice on getting energized for exercise or improving your health and performance, Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook has the answers you can trust.

Publisher: Champaign, IL :, Human Kinetics,, [2014]
Edition: Fifth edition
ISBN: 9781450459938
Branch Call Number: 613.2024
Characteristics: ix, 507 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm
Alternative Title: Sports nutrition guidebook


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Jul 13, 2015

I found this book to be a disappointing resource, but I suspect it was not written with me in mind. Who is this book for?

--A competitive or endurance athlete who often exercises 3+ hours at a time. If you, like me, are simply a dedicated exerciser, you will find few recommendations geared towards shorter (1 hour or so) workouts.

--People who don't eat enough. The author seems to be of the opinion that most of us are underfed, and we are at a high risk for eating disorders. This does not describe me. On a related note, she often suggests adding juice and other "quick energy" sources to meals. If you, like me, need your calories to be satiating, juice is not a good option. I find it an odd recommendation over, say, a piece of fruit.

--In a similar vein, people who do not like to cook or who do not think that they have time for it. I'm a food lover, and I am not afraid of the kitchen.

--People who are (or should be) ok with their body fat composition. There's a strong message to "love and accept yourself the way you are" and very little practical discussion of how to healthfully train while changing your body composition. I found this especially frustrating, as this is the key area that I was looking for some guidance. If you, like me, are primarily a weight-lifter who wants to be able to see those muscles you're working on, the author will not provide much help.

--Folks who don't look for bibliographic information or scientific studies that back up certain claims. The author is clearly very knowledgeable, and I don't think she's a huckster, but there were some claims that I found surprising, and I would have liked some source material to turn to. (To be clear, there are references in the back, but they are without page or reference numbers, so one cannot easily determine which sources might connect to specific information.)

Ultimately, I left this book feeling dissatisfied and like most of my questions were left unanswered. There is some good information here, especially if you are concerned about getting enough of specific micronutrients or how to be properly nourished and hydrated for a big race, etc., but I don't feel like I'm better prepared for the day-in, day-out training that I do.


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