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The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition (Complete Guides) [Paperback]

Anita Bean
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30 April 2009 Complete Guides
The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition is the definitive practical handbook for anyone wanting a performance advantage. This fully updated and revised edition - now in full colour - incorporates the latest cutting-edge research. Written by one of the country's most respected sports nutritionists, it provides the latest research and information to help you succeed. This sixth edition includes in-depth information and guidance on the following topics: maximising endurance, strength and performance how to calculate your optimal calorie, carbohydrate and protein requirements advice on improving body composition specific advice for women, children and vegetarians eating plans to cut body fat, gain muscle and prepare for competition sport-specific nutritional advice.

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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: 19.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,031 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 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
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for anyone interested in nutrition 20 Jan 2003
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Dec 2003
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Thourough Guid For The Miss Guided 19 Jun 2002
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An actual COMPLETE GUIDE! Fascinating Reading 15 Dec 2004
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 14 Jun 2004
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hungry for more 21 Mar 2001
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected it to be 14 Mar 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of information without being too complex
This is a great book for learning about nutrition. I was initially terrified by what I didn't know about feeding myself. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Simon Wells
1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated and waste of time
Anita Bean's Complete guide to Sports Nutrition has probably been a useful read in the 80s but research has moved on a lot since it was written and the basics of the book need to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by vassy05
5.0 out of 5 stars sports nutrition
this is an excellent book i had this book a few years ago and its easy to understand and makes sports nutrition easy to put in to practice
Published 15 months ago by mr michael kivell
4.0 out of 5 stars great for anyone who is in need of dietry advice
Gives good informed scientific information about exactly how your body metabolises food. Energy systems, requirements for training needs. Great eh
Published 15 months ago by Daz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great book offering a good guide to sports nutrition. The complete guides range is great and the books are worth their weight in gold. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars sports nutrition eccential guide
This book was bought for my son who is is Spain, he has said that the book is very useful and more than meets his expectations
Published 16 months ago by Lindsey Genty
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont know how I worked without it for so long, it is perfect for me as...
Bought this along with Anita's food for fitness book. It is extremely comprehensive but easy to understand. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Graham Pardew
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Great book, if you rare serious about your nutrition, and interested in how body works to get the best out of your sporting efforts.
Published 19 months ago by Tash
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book has so much info about sports nutrition. Whether your a student that wants to learn, or a beginner nutritionist that wants to increase their knowledge, this book is for... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
thanks the book arrived in plenty of time for christmas it give a great indepth guide to all nutrition needs for a
busy training schedule
Published 19 months ago by shepps
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