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The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition (Complete Guides) Paperback – 30 Apr 2009


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 6th Revised edition edition (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408105381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408105382
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.6 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anita Bean BSc, R.Nutr is a registered nutritionist whose practical style has made her one of the UK's most respected nutrition writers . She is a former bodybuilding champion, a strong advocate of an active lifestyle and, in recognition of her contribution to the fitness industry, has received three achievement awards in sports nutrition. She has worked with several celebrities and Olympic athletes, and more recently with swimmers. Anita is passionate about sport and keeps fit with Ashtanga yoga, swimming and running; she lives with her husband and two (competitive swimmers) daughters.

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'This is the definitive practical handbook for anyone wanting a performance advantage written by one of the country's most respected sport nutrionist.'
--Lifestyle (2009)

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The Industry bible on the subject
Anita Bean's book has taken the fitness world by storm - by encompassing the whole subject of nutrition in an easily digestible (excuse the pun!) form, she has made the subject essential reading for all fitness enthusiasts, not just olympic atheletes. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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154 of 156 people found the following review helpful By ToddyGee on 19 Oct 2004
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This is one of those few perspective-changing books that you come across. I have been interested in weight-training, cardio activities and sports nutrition for a number of years, in the hope that I will improve my fitness levels and get leaner/more muscular. Up until reading this book I depended solely on magazines such as Muscle and Fitness for information and guidelines, but finding progress to be quite slow. This book changed everything. From the outset it is easily accessible but very informative, providing effective and revealing advice. As a result I am eating more healthily and effectively as regards to my training needs, and have found my progress to have quickened considerably. Extremely useful is the section on how much of carbs, protein and fat you need to eat for different goals (weight gain, fat loss, or sports-specific needs). It is ESSENTIAL reading to anyone who cares about their health, but especially for those who take their training and/or body composition seriously. Trust me, you'll be glad you bought this book!
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan 2003
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I am a keen sports person (not professional) and was looking for a book that would tell me what I needed to eat and WHY. This does both of those jobs very well, infact at the end Anita includes some recipes and menus to try out.
The format of the book made it easy to read. I would love to memorise the book, but I can't so instead when I need to look something up, I just search for the grey boxes where questions are answered, food ideas are given and summaries are provided.
There's alot of information, but the format helps break this up.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec 2003
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The book is well laid out, uses plain English and assumes no prior knowledge of nutrition. The sections dealing with supplements make the volume useful for sports therapists like myself who need a good general knowledge of the topic without being experts. The book is also clear and easy enough to understand that anyone interested in improving their health or sports performance can read it without resorting to the dictionary. For the more serious academic this is well researched and detailed enough to provide an introduction to sports nutrition without being too dense or laden with jargon.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Wilkin on 19 Jun 2002
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I've been training on and off for a while, and have always appreciated that nutrition was important. Having ready Bill Phillips book "Body-for-life", I wanted some firmer scientific background.
This book consolidates a lot of information published in magazines into one place, in a readable, unbiased, practical fashion. It is fairly up-to-date and is based on scientific fact not, rumours spread by one exercising hard core nutcase to a fatter than should be newbie!
My only complaint that this book is not big enough, as I'm still hungry for more information. But that is more a reflection of my enthusiasm for this book.
This is a great book for those who want to learn more about nutrition. I guess it is not so suitable for the already very knowledgable, but then at the price it is, it is a lot cheaper and more readable than those huge volumes for those that want to spend 3 years at uni studying it.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By H. L. Markham on 15 Dec 2004
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Admittedly I have only had the initial flick through and a read of the parts I found most interesting at first but I will read through the entire book when I get it back from my fitness enthuisiast work colleague who has borrowed it and is finding it as fascinating as I did. He does cite it as more of an academic book than a leisurely read but is still enjoying it anyway.
I bought this with a hope of finding out more about how the body works during excercise and the part that food plays in that function and it hasnt disappointed me. Ive learnt exactly what I wanted to and more. Theres parts for working out your daily calorie intake and all those sorts of things.
This isnt a basic 'basic' book but I wouldnt say you need a science degree to understand it at all - I think it does all the explaining it needs to. Depending on your reading style and intake, and given the content you may want to read this a couple of times. I found I picked up the parts that interested me most first time round but to get a complete clear understanding of some parts that I might need another read through - but thats just me - we're all different hey!
Overall very good if your a fitness enthusiast and want to get into it further and have an actual understanding of how we work when excercising and the role food plays in it.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline O' Hagan on 14 Jun 2004
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Excellent book - full of information...precise, compact, easy to read. Author is extremely knowledgeable! Couldn't fault it - if you are into sports science etc - get this book now!!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Mar 2001
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This is a great book. It held my interest reading it cover to cover, and it is also a valuable reference work. I like the author's writing style. I think that she recognises that within her audience there is a wide spectrum of existing knowledge on the subject, and she caters for this well. I found that many contemporary issues relevant to people embarking on a combined fitness/weight-loss regime were addressed. The knowledge that this book provides will help them avoid some major pitfalls and increase their chances of success.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zica Seabra on 14 Mar 2011
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I don't believe in everything I read just because.I like to have a critic approach to scientific topics so I was searching for a book written by an expert in the field WITH credentials.
Anita Bean is a registered nutritionist with a degree in nutrition and food science from Surrey University and has a considerable amount of books written so that made me confident in buying this book.
The book turned out to be better than I expected.She carefully explains everything based on the existing scientific researches and gives very good advices and plans as well debunks some myths such as which supplements are good/worth it and which are not.
It takes some time and patience to read it but if you want to take your sport seriously you won't regret to buy this book.
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