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The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition (Complete Guides) Paperback – 30 Apr 2009

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Product details

  • 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)

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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)

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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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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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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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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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.
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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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