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Anita Bean
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14 Mar 2013 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 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 seventh edition includes accessible 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: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport; 7th Revised edition edition (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140817457X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408174579
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,874 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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' absolute must-have' for anyone working in the health and fitness industry.' --YMCA 20121015

'..a really excellent work: lucid, thorough, sound and readily accessible' --Coaching News 20121015

' is excellent and answers all your questions Sports Teacher 20121015 It covers a great deal of ground in a highly readable style... a superb publication' British Olympic Association 20121015

'Concisely written and clearly presented, enhanced by a personal touch that makes it refreshingly different...highly recommended' --Dietetics Today

About the Author

Anita Bean is an accomplished sportsperson, one of the UK's most respected nutritionists and a bestselling author. She is also a regular contributor to many health magazines.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and Comprehensible 25 April 2013
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Nutrition has become of paramount importance to anyone who participates in a sporting activity. Whether training or competing requiring speed, endurance, strength or power, the recognition by official sports bodies, culminating in the 2010 International Olympic Committee Statement, have highlighted the importance of nutritional strategies.

Anita Bean's book addresses these issues in a clearly digestible and explanatory way. There are no anecdotes or hearsay fads nor fashions here. Her facts are evidence-based from fully sourced scientific research with references provided.

The types and roles with reasons for carbohydrates, proteins and fats are made clear and expanded and elaborated for the personal needs of each individual. The amounts and timing of these essential food constituents and where they can be found are explained with illustrations and tabulated examples. Vitamins and minerals are comprehensively covered as well as an illuminating chapter on sports supplements that have been subject to scientific study and quash many of the myths and claims of the myriad of products advertised. Where the jury is still out, Anita Bean clearly states this.

Practical advice and guidance on weight gain or loss, muscle gain or fat loss are provided. Often neglected special requirements of vegetarians have their own chapter and another dealing with the specific problems of female athletes. Specimen recipes for meals as well as examples of daily menu plans based on detailed calorie intakes both for meat-eaters and vegetarians are most welcome. The glycaemic index (GI) and their food loads are tabulated and explained.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in-dept nutrition guide I've seen 22 April 2013
This is the best nutrition guide for weekend warriors and even non-athletes.
Explains the workings of the body fuel in simple terms and allows you to calculate your own specific requirements to food.

Very helpful and good information
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but marred by errors and surplus padding 17 Nov 2013
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This deservedly popular book covers pretty much everything any active person interested in eating for health and performance might wish to know.

It contains an excellent overview of the human nutrition cycle, and explains in detail the various functions of our primary fuels: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

There is a chapter on sports supplements - a good source of information and cautionary advice for anyone who might be persuaded by the clever marketing of allegedly wonder products.

I was pleased to discover that the hydration chapter covered the problems of OVER-hydration.
Subsequent chapters cover weight gain, weight loss, female issues, sports nutrition for minors, the vegetarian sportsperson, and competition nutrition (the latter is largely a summary of the first two chapters)

The glycaemic index and glycaemic load of common foods, along with a glossary of vitamins and minerals, are provided in the appendices.

For people who wish to check sources referred to in the book there are twenty pages of references plus a short list of suggested further reading.

In all, pretty comprehensive.

However, the book would be improved greatly by having it properly proofed (in order to remove/correct contradictory information that only serves to confuse the reader) and enhanced further by editing out all the repetitious text, adding a glossary of terms and abbreviations, and by expanding the index to include these terms.

Some examples:

On several occasions Bean states that the liver and muscles can store about 100g and 400g glycogen respectively (figures based on an average 70 kg person). However, she states elsewhere that the muscles store about THREE times as much glycogen as the liver.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally I read a decent book on nutrition 25 Sep 2013
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No nonsense advice, backed-up by science. No fads, no rubbish claims. Just facts. Definitely have a better understanding of what I should eat before long bike rides and exercise in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Ronseal" book on sports nutrition 24 April 2013
By Gordon
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An unambiguous and clearly written publication. Provides straight forward information in a well referenced format - no confusion here - unlike trawling for information on the internet. Daily nutritional requirements are easy to calculate and can be tailored according to the individuals need: fat loss, lean muscle gain or weight maintenance. I'd highly recommend this book. There's even an appendix section with sample daily menus and recipes with detailed nutritional information; a fantastic starting point for getting your nutrition spot on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible book! 31 Dec 2013
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One of the best books I have ever bought, simple and understandable information on nutrition for every level of athlete.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simple sensible advise 10 Dec 2013
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This book is filled with sensible nutritional advice that is easy to digest (excuse the pun). The focus is on tested / researched facts rather than fads and gimmicks. The sections on how the body gets energy from fuel helps determine which nutritional approaches will work best for a given sport. The scientific references are handy for those that want to dig deeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 21 Oct 2013
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this book has changed my life.... im no longer afriad of eating breakfast & carbohydrates in general..!!! this book is a must have if you are serious about becoming an athlete
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality book
Good nutritional information and easy to read and understand, even for a novice. Anyone looking to trim up or just understand more about the body, this is a must read!
Published 23 days ago by Jonnyboi
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital
This is a fantastic book, vital for anyone who is concerned with the nutritional requirements for sport.
Absolute gold !!!
Published 23 days ago by Gary Buckle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
I used this book lots during my Nutrition degree. The science is very well explained and everything is well broken down into sections so it's an easy book to use. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colibobses
5.0 out of 5 stars everything you need to know in one book
This book covers everything in great detail giving a better understanding of sports nutrition. The book has many scientific references emphasising its reliability and knowledge. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant!
Having struggled to fix my nutrition goals for a very long time, I can safely say that this book allowed me to do just that in mere days as opposed to the years I've been getting... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ali K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great starting point for those looking to further knowledge
Covers all bases. If you need to elaborate you can search for specific studies on google. A great reference for anyone in the fitness industry or starting out in a sport that will... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book !
The perfect book for sports nutrition
I bought it on a recommendation and have no hesitance in recommending it !
Published 2 months ago by Simon George
5.0 out of 5 stars Billiant
An excellent book on exercise nutrition as well as being sedate. Makes so much sense. One of my best books!
Published 3 months ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
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Great information
Would recommend for anyone doing a sports course or interested in the human body in regards to training and development
Published 4 months ago by J1992
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny!!!
The most comprehensive fact-based book on nutrition available today
Anita Bean is an expert to take notice of
If you're serious about nutrition Buy This Book!!!
Published 5 months ago by Danny Burnett
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