- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition (Complete Guides) Paperback – 30 Apr 2009
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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.'
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well informed book
Good for reference and straight forwards to read
I will recommend this book to anybody who is into nutrition
This is a great book that has helped me save a few pounds on physio bills!Published 2 months ago by Rhianydd Sandford