Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Fourth Edition

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Boost your energy, manage stress, build muscle, lose fat, and improve your performance with the all-time best-selling sports nutrition guide! Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook will help you make the right food choices in grocery stores, restaurants, drive-throughs, and your own kitchen.

Whether you're preparing for competition or simply eating on the go, let sport's leading nutritionist show you how to get maximum benefit from the foods you choose and the meals you make. You'll learn how to eat before exercise and events as well as how to refuel afterward for optimal recovery.

Updated and on the cutting edge, the fourth edition includes the latest sports nutrition research on hydration and fluid intake, vitamins, supplements, energy drinks, organic foods, and the role of carbohydrate and protein during exercise. You'll also learn about the new food pyramid and the American Heart Association's latest dietary guidelines.

If you're seeking advice on losing weight, getting energized to exercise, or improving your health and performance, Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook has the answers you can trust.

What's the best diet for good health and athletic performance? Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D., describes the dietary balance and specific foods shown to be optimal for athletes from recreational exercisers to Olympic hopefuls, citing supporting studies. Refreshingly free of high-protein hype, Clark emphasizes a varied, wholesome, moderate diet high in complex carbohydrates ("without question, wholesome carbohydrates are the best choices for fueling your muscles and promoting good health"), especially whole grains and starches; adequate but not excessive protein; and 20 to 35 percent fat. Learn the components and variables of your ideal diet, with tables of nutritional information and marvelous tidbits, such as calorie/fat counts of various fast foods. Did you realize that an Au Bon Pain pecan roll has 800 calories and 45 grams of fat--double the calories/fat in a serving of KFC's Crispy Strips? Did you know that a Dunkin' Donuts 16-ounce Coffee Coolatta with cream has 410 calories and 22 grams of fat--about equivalent to a McDonald's Quarter-Pounder? Clark, a well-known sports nutrition expert, also covers weight loss, weight gain, eating disorders, and includes 72 recipes. Highly recommended for athletes, exercisers, and average folk who want to understand how to design a personalized diet. --Joan Price

Customer Reviews:

  • Great Info For Everyone
    The book is well written with easy to understand concepts. You do not have to be a dietician to understand what Ms. Clark is talking about. The ideas apply to everyone, not just athletes. Granted, there is some in depth information for athletes regarding breakdown of food groups and timing of meals and snacks. No gimmicks here or selling of the latest and greatest "diet". Just solid nutrition!...more info
  • Nutrition Made Easy
    As a personal fitness trainer, I am always looking for common sense ways to explain proper nutrition to my clients. At first I bought this book for myself to help improve my running and get the most out of my workouts. What I found was a book that will not only help an athlete improve performance but has common sense nutritional information for almost anyone. Nancy is a Registered Dietitian who cuts through the nutrition myths and lays out a coming sense eating plan that works for almost anyone. If you are looking for a new fad diet you won't find it here although she has added a couple of chapters on sensible weight management in the latest edition. Sports specific chapters include how to carbo load before an event and what it really takes to add muscle mass. The book has over 200 quick and easy recipes that help round out your nutrition plan. After you read it you will wonder why you didn't take this common sense approach to nutrition years ago. Even if you buy it and don't read it from cover to cover, you can still pick up invaluable tips just browsing through and reading her informative tables and charts. A great way to jumpstart your nutrition plan by eating sensibly, keeping your body fueled and keeping your energy up....more info
  • This is a great book for all kind of healthy folk and those that desire great health
    I found this book very informative with numerous practical and healthy recipes for the busy American. Explanations of the prescriptions for food are detailed and well thought. I recommened this as a good read and great resource book for those concerned about eating right, not matter what the situation is. ...more info
  • Excellent book
    I teach sports nutrition to college students. This book has been great because it helped me relate general nutrition to the athlete. The information is accurate and the examples are very helfpul. Nancy Clark also adds informative tables that relate to sports nutrition. I recommend this book to athletes and nonathletes alike....more info
  • Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook 2nd Ed.
    This book is a good start for someone interested in sports nutrition and overall good eating habits. It has chapters on eating breakfast to eating disorders. A helpful resource for good, fast, recipes with out a lot of fuss. A third edition might be helpful to further the information in the this edition. Overall, a great book, Nancy Clark is a real person with similar goals and interests as her readers, a great person to relate to!...more info
  • The BEST Book on Sports Nutrition
    Nancy Clark writes an easy to read, nuts and bolts guide to sports nutrition that benefits the weekend warrior to the serious athlete. You'll get all your questions answered with this straight forward and practical guide....more info
  • Excellent Book
    This book is very informative and explains nutrition in a way that is easy to understand. It has great tips and it helped me to balance my exercise routine and eating pattern. This book is great for a serious athlete to a casual exerciser and I would highly recommend everyone who wants to obtain knowledge about a healthy lifestyle to read this book. ...more info
  • an outstanding guide
    The Sports Nutrition Guidebook is a useful resource for the average, healthy individual to have at hand as a nutritional resource. This book is more of a healthy living guide, than a sport specific guide, Individuals who are engaging in sports that require a lot of anaerobic activity, like football or baseball will not find this book as useful, but they will still find some great instruction. For endurance sports such as running or cycling, or for the general weekend warrior looking to have nutrition be a part of a healthy lifestyle, that is not concerned with larger than normal weight loss, this book is a good esource.

    While basic advice is well-written here, that shouldn't be really new to anyone who is familiar with good nutrition: a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, and dairy; and the importance of regular meals, some care is taken to readjust thinking about fad diets and dietary myths, especially in preparation for physical activity. Unbalanced approaches to carbohydrates, fluid, protein, etc. and their dangers are detailed in an easy to understand format. The chapter on misusing a healthy lifestyle for rapid weight loss or other eating disorders is tactfully written.

    The last third of the book is a useful recipe guide that applies principles taught in the book into practical meal planning steps that are neither arduous nor difficult for active individuals to adapt to. Creating a healthy approach to the body, especially in view of a fat obssessed society calls for balance and patience. There is nothing sudden or radical about the advice in this book, as it is above all, caling for a lifestyle that is healthy and active and is designed to provide nutrional advice for helping individuals achieve those goals. This book is a great resource for active people, who want sound, scientific advice that meets the needs of individuals in today's fast paced society. ...more info
  • Comprehensive, scientific and simple
    Whether you are trying to loose weight, gain weight or try to grow bigger muscles, this book has certainly many nutirition tips for you. "Fueling your body" concept changed my nutrition habits and now I have more energy during the day and exercises, eat more food that I like and it is now much easier for me to preserve the body image that I want....more info
  • My food bible!!
    Wow!! I am more than amazed at the wealth of information that is in this book! It answers all of the food choice questions you ever had, as well as tons you didn't know you had. All issues are addressed. What should I eat for breakfast, what is are some good snacks, what foods will fill me up, give me energy, and so-on. You come away totally eduacated and ready for any situation when it comes to eating and nutrition. You don't have to be an athlete. I go to the gym 4 times a week and wanted to find out how to energise myself. This is THE eating bible. If you have any questions about what to eat, when to eat it and why, buy this book!!...more info
  • More energy and stamina
    We gave this book to our daughter who is training for a marathon. She was complaining about being tired all the time. After reading and following the information in the book, she reports increased energy and stamina and over-all feeling much better. She reports she is eating more of the right foods and still lost weight. A winner - the book and the daughter!...more info
  • Great book if you want to improve your performance
    I just read my title and probably should clarify that I am talking about your sports performance!!! I am currently training for a marathon and have used the information in this book to improve my nutrition to optimal levels for the extended running levels of marathon training. It has gotten me through well. I have been able to keep my weight stable and my energy levels up. Highly readable, it provides accurate and useable information on sports nutrition. I also recommend the "Food Guide for Marathoners" from the same author, which is more specific to the marathon runner....more info
  • Everything You've Always Wondered About Sports Nutrition
    Nancy Clark's book has revolutionized my diet, training, and life. As a fitness instructor and runner I had trouble knowing what to eat, how much to eat, and struggled with erratic weight. After reading this book all of my questions have been answered. I have learned tips on how to fuel my body for the demands that I put upon it. I have energy, I can eat without guilt, and my weight has stabilized. Science and experience backs up everything that Nancy Clark says. I'm a true believer. You'll love this book!...more info
  • Helpful and Pracitcal Guide for Good Nutrition
    I am currently training for my first marathon. I needed a book that would teach me how to eat for the long runs, help me to lose weight and have the energy I need.

    Nancy Clark's book is practical, easy to understand and it works for me. The recipes in the back of the book are great - even my kids are eating them! This is not the kind of book that you just read once through. The book is packed with information. It is a reference tool. I refer back to it often as I have questions and am working to fine tune my eating.

    I heartily recommend Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook!...more info
  • Yes! A Simple and Complete Book for All Your Nutrition Needs.
    "Boost your energy, reduce stress, lose body fat, build muscle, and improve your performance with the all-time best-selling sports nutrition guide."

    This is the ONLY book on nutrition you need (besides In Defense of Health and my program). I honor and thank Nancy for writing the most complete, simple, and profound books on nutrition.

    Don't waste your time, energy, and money with all the new fad diets that promise quick-fixes and instant-results with "super food", "magic pill", or "secret supplement."

    Eat 5-7 times small, balanced, natural meals a day; drink plenty of water; and eat in accordance to activity level.

    Being healthy isn't hard once you know the right information. This book has it.
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  • Informative AND a good read
    I actually read this book cover to cover! The only nutrition book an athletic person really needs. Her examples are interesting (and common), and the book is well written. Overall, she is good at reminding the athletic reader of how simple good nutrition can be. My only complaint is there isn't really enough information for vegetarian and vegan athletes....more info
  • Simply the Best
    There's no much to say about this book. Everything is already said. And it is still the best book in the field. Well done, Nancy!!!
    Sead Malicevic, MD...more info
  • Simple and Easy to Understand
    I am a high school basketball player who was looking for a nutrition guide to help me eat right. I have tried to read books before about nutrition but I could never understand what they were even talking about! This book is great nutrition made easy. I have learned so much just by reading this book! I am now more energized and even losing some extra pounds I couldnt get rid of before. My sports performace has also improved! This book covers so much! I cant stress to you how important this book is and how it is going to change your life!! I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to lose weight, gain weight, enhance performance in sports, or just looking for a way maintain weight and eat healthy!!...more info
  • Very good book
    Simple to understand, great buy. Explains everything and specially in a healthy way, no strange diets or food combinations just plain good sports and nutrition science. I really loved this book....more info
  • Life Changing
    outstanding book, changed my eating habits with good information rather than beliefs. I recommend to anyone on a sports nutrition program....more info
  • A good addition to your nutrition library, but...
    This book is great for endurance athletes. I run about 15-20 miles per week and it was helpful for me to learn about the importance of carbo loading and glycogen stores. The book also has many useful tables and facts. Nancy Clark addresses all the major topics on sports nutrition.

    Having said that, she sticks a bit too closely to the FDA food pyramid, suggesting that just 15% of your daily calories come from protein. This seems awfully low to me (perhaps I've been tainted by the Adkins Diet craze?).

    She also cites many "studies" but most of them were done on just seven male athletes. It was hard for me to buy into all the results. I do appreciate supporting evidence, but such a small group of test subjects made me question her assertions.

    She talks about vitamins and minerals as the "spark plugs" of a good diet, but suggests sticking crackers in your gym bag, which have absolutely no nutritional value. She also doesn't recommend taking vitamin supplements. As a woman, I can't see the harm in making sure I have enough calcium, iron and folic acid in my diet (most women don't).

    Most of the recipes are great, like the banana bread. However, she shot herself in the foot by supplying the percentages of carbs, protein and fat in each dish. In the rest of the book, she suggests getting 60-70% of your calories from carbohydrates, but very few of her recipes have such a high percentage of carbs - even the pasta dishes. One other surprise: the recipe for the pasta with spinach and pine nuts suggests adding "3-4 tablespoons" of oil! Sounds more like oil loading.

    I am glad I read the book, but I think I will be looking for another book with other points of view to balance Nancy's suggestions....more info

  • Extremely helpful
    I loved the easy to understand language of this book and the "common sense" approach to sports nutrition.

    Nancy Clark makes eating well for your sport easy to do, and easy to maintain. I'd recommend this book to anyone, whether you're an athlete or not. Very good information!...more info

  • Mums with junior athletes
    As a mother with a squad swimmer, "little" athlete, and a Masters swimmer in the family - this book has proved a winner. Easy to read, and well set out, the only problem with this book is getting it returned from friends who borrow it!...more info
  • One of the best books for anyone trying to loose weight
    I purchased Nancy Clark's book with the sole purpose of loosing weight. Not only has this book put me on the right path by helping me to lower my body fat, it's the first time I've lost weight and been able to keep it off. I love how this book teaches common sense techniques for loosing weight in a stress-free manner, and how I don't have to starve myself in order to achieve healthy long-term results. I strongly recommend this book for anyone trying to loose fat, gain muscle and develop better nutrition habits....more info
  • Any library catering to athletes or exercisers will find it an important reference
    Active spots participants and athletes may know full well how important nutrition is; but where does one gain information on making a range of healthy choices from grocery stores and drive-throughs to restaurants? Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook is in its 4th updated edition covering everything - including the latest sports nutrition research on supplements, energy drinks and organic foods. Chapters review fueling before and during exercise, discuss losing weight without starving, and review all food options. Any library catering to athletes or exercisers will find it an important reference.

    Diane C. Donovan
    California Bookwatch
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