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Power Eating: Build Muscle Increase Energy Cut Fat [Paperback]

Susan Kleiner , Maggie Greenwood-Robinson

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1 Dec 2006
This work is aimed at power athletes, coaches and trainers who are interested in maximising the nutritional benefits of food to boost performance. 53,000 copies of the previous edition were sold worldwide. It includes step-by-step instruction on how to tailor meal plans for specific weights, genders and goals. It contains proven nutritional strategies to gain muscle, cut fat, boost energy and improve performance, as well as an explanation on supplement use. It covers the fundamental principles necessary for power athletes to be nutritionally sound; including the needs, sources and benefits of protein, carbohydrates, fat and water.

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""Dr. Kleiner's" Power Eating "is thoroughly based in science, yet explained in a way anyone can understand. The concepts in this book allowed me to lose fat, build muscle, and increase my strength for the World Masters Games in 2005, where I set either personal or world records in the snatch, clean and jerk, and the total."" Trish ZuccottiNational Masters Weightlifting Champion: 2004, 2005, and 2006 ""Dr. Kleiner does a great job of taking many years of research and hands-on experience in nutrition and exercise to provide readers with the most current knowledge. Whether you're just beginning to work out or have been training your entire life," Power Eating "is a must-have!"" Daniel Shapiro, MS, CSCSSacramento Kings' Head Strength and Conditioning Coach ""I needed a food program to meet the physical demands of making the Olympic team and playing in the Games. Susan Kleiner gave me that energy with her advice on timing of meals and practical menu plansthe same strategies found in" Power Eating,""" Kelly P. Stephens2006 U.S. Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team

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Dr. Kleiner is nutrition consultant to the Seattle SuperSonics and the Seattle Seahawks the media spokesperson for the Brita Company and consultant to many other food and beverage companies. Maggie Greenwood-Robinson, PhD, is a leading health and medical author. She has written more than 20 books on nutrition, diet and weight loss, exercise and diabetes.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great All-Around Resource for Active Nutrition 21 July 2009
By J. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Power Eating is one of the most practical, common-sense guides to nutrition for the active person that you'll find on the shelf today. Written by an educated nutritionist and dietician, this book is devoid of much of the bravado and extreme advice that plagues books written by bodybuilders and miscellaneous charlatans. This isn't a guide on how to "get jacked" or look like a "freak." It's a book for the "train to live" crowd rather than the "live to train" group.

Dr. Kleiner advocates a diet based on whole foods and shoves supplements back into the niche where they belong. People often forget that bodybuilding magazines are almost wholly supported by sponsorship from supplement companies, and they have a vested interest in painting those products as vital for getting in shape. For the most part, supplements are highly dispensable, and the author is very forthright in her approach to the subject. Basically, she identifies the gold-standard supplements that are supported by clinical research (caffeine, whey protein, creatine) and categorizes the rest based on the information in the literature. It may be disturbing for some to see that the vast majority of supplements are either unproven or potentially harmful.

The one caveat I will issue about this book is that it is general in its approach. It's not specifically a bodybuilding nutrition book, and the author doesn't delve into the more lurid details of bulking cycles or other such topics that primarily interest the chemical sports society. She also avoids tackling the specifics of nutritional biochemistry, a decision I believe adds greatly to the clarity of the book. The author instead chooses to keep the book on a practical basis. This is a positive thing in a world in which so many people are suffering from analysis paralysis in their nutrition programs. If you are specifically interested in bodybuilding nutrition, you should probably look elsewhere, because that isn't the focus of the book.

Power Eating addresses nutrition for gaining muscle, but it also focuses on nutrition for performance, a welcome change from the vanity-based programs that have become so common. Low-carb junkies will probably be appalled at some of her recommendations, but that's more a sign of how far off track that fad has gone. Michael Phelps was skinny while eating 10,000 calories of carb-laden fare a day because he trained like an animal. The fact is he had to have those calories to fuel his training. Certainly anyone who isn't eating carbs isn't training very hard.

One of the most important and helpful aspects to Dr. Kleiner's diets is that she encourages dieters interested in fat loss to keep calorie intake high rather than go to the big deficits that many people adopt. Her approach is the high energy flux, slow weight-loss method of body recomposition. She encourages people to maintain a small deficit while eating nutritious foods in order to avoid the starvation response and preserve lean body mass. While the extremely obese can get away with cutting calories heavily at first, almost everyone else will do better with this approach. It isn't a sexy idea, though, because it doesn't promise the massive, overnight, miracle weight loss that so many people are seeking. She does this because that type of weight loss is often only transitory. Slow, steady body recomposition is much more effective at creating long-term body transformation.

The book has detailed programs in the back for different goals (i.e. gain muscle, lose fat) along with sample menus and recipes. Overall, there's enough information here to work with but not so much that it gets in the way of a clear understanding of how to accomplish one's goals.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy-to-understand, AMAZING book! 17 Nov 2010
By ProTrainer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is amazing! I have bought 3 copies and have given 2 away as gifts to my fitness-savvy friends. The book is extremely useful, whether you're trying to lose weight or gain, or whether you're sedentary or athletic, although it's targeted to athletes - even to extreme athletes. It explains in scientific, but in VERY easy-to-understand language WHY you should consume a certain amount of carbs, protein, fats, etc, rather than just telling you in a more dictatorial way that you SHOULD do it. It explains metabolism, nutrient breakdown, meal timing, and more. Even as a personal trainer, I have found it to be a very useful tool on top of what I already know, because it makes it easy to explain to clients or friends why they should eat grains, at what times sugar can be ok, when to take your pre-workout meal and why, and much more. I'd choose this over any nutrition book I have ever read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power eating really is a science!! 2 May 2011
By Hecatight - Published on Amazon.com
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I was introduced into the diet and nutrition world from a close friend about a year ago. I've always had my meal plans made for me and only understood the basic concepts of eating healthy. THIS BOOK explains everything you need to know to stop asking other people for advice and/or nutritional information. I now have a much sharper understanding of how to combine foods together to make a potent meal based on goals to either lose fat, build muscle, maintain or get cut for competition. I'm proud to say that I've stopped asking since reading this book, I now hold the power create my own healthy lifestyle-created MY way!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn how to calculate dietary needs with this fine title 13 Dec 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
The third updated edition of Susan Kleiner, Ph.D, RD's POWER EATING is written by a consultant to NFL and NBA players and bodybuilders and blending the latest scientific research with advice on how to eat like athletes do. From the latest ratings of vitamins and minerals to performance-related herbs and muscle-building products, this even includes recipes and meal plans to reinforce the message. Learn how to calculate dietary needs with this fine title.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 16 Jan 2009
By M. Ivey - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the best books I have read on sports nutrition. Great for anyone interested in really learning about nutrition and actually applying it to your training for immediate results.
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