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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but marred by errors and surplus padding
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...
Published 13 months ago by Andy Wilson

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Very user friendly and useful if you have no idea about nutrition. Bought as a teaching aid and fullfilled its role.
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10 of 10 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.
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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. So which is it, three times as much or four times as much? Only a minor discrepancy albeit one that would have been easily rectified by thorough proofing. It creates a little uncertainty in the reader, so that other statements are then viewed with suspicion.

Elsewhere Bean states that there is roughly 300g-400g of fat contained within the muscles. At a typical 9 kcal of energy per gram of fat, this would suggest intra-muscular fat contains 2700-3600 kcal of energy (confirmed in other texts on the subject) whereas the author gives a figure of 350 kcal, an error of one order of magnitude.

Given so much of the advice contained within the book is based on actual amounts (grams, kcals etc) of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, there is an imperative to get the numbers right.

In a later part of the book, Bean advises on the appropriate carbohydrate-loading regime prior to a competition/sporting event. She outlines three such regimes. In the final one (depicted by table 3.8) the text advises normal diet followed by moderate carbohydrate intake for three days followed by high carb intake for a further three days. Yet in the table itself, the three `moderate' days are labelled as `low carbohydrate', clearly at odds with the text. Another confusing proofing oversight (not very impressive when you consider this book is now in its seventh edition).

My other main criticism is that Bean repeats herself rather a lot, particular with respect to text boxes containing summaries (which in a number of cases simply regurgitate existing text word for word). Diligent editing would have seen a number of paragraphs removed.

I would have liked to see a detailed explanation of VO2 max (variously described elsewhere as maximal oxygen consumption, maximal oxygen uptake, peak oxygen uptake or maximal aerobic capacity) as the author makes reference to this - without any elaboration - on a number of occasions. Given the large number of abbreviations employed in the book, a glossary of these (rather than the brief list provided) would have been useful.

In spite of the criticisms, I would certainly recommend this book. But with just a little fine tuning and whittling away of the surplus padding, the book would have performed even better! Next edition maybe?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and Comprehensible, 25 April 2013
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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.

So, what's new in this 7th edition? Apart from some minor editorial layout changes, there have been developments (again with evidence) on fluid intake and hydration. The optimal timing and quantities of pre and post-execise intake of protein and carbohydrate have created changes in methods and intake of fats have been re-evaluated. Some new information on supplements (Vitamin D, for example) are explained. There is so much information at the finger-tips in this book. It is bang up-to-date relating to the state of the science and craft of sports nutrition.

This is indispensable for anyone involved at any level of sports activity, or for that matter anyone interested in balancing their own diets. Reading this is straightforward and the reader should have no problems working out their specific individual nutritional requirements tailored to their events, levels of performance, goals and achievments. It won't gather any dust once it has been opened. I've had these editions since 1993. I am a recreational participant due largely to these books rather than an armchair viewer. I cannot recommend this publication more highly.
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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
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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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4 of 4 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 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 3 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Ronseal" book on sports nutrition, 24 April 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital, 19 Jun 2014
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This is a fantastic book, vital for anyone who is concerned with the nutritional requirements for sport.
Absolute gold !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars everything you need to know in one book, 2 Jun 2014
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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. Any sports nutrition fanatic would be happy to read this book.
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