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“[Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook is] the go-to manual for active people to fuel their exercise endeavors… With a focus on sports nutrition, you’re not focused so much on losing, but on gaining. You’re gaining speed, strength and stamina along with mental acuity and improved wellbeing. Yes, it’s also a great recipe for fat loss, but the dropping of excess poundage, again, is a side benefit rather than a primary focus. And that’s what makes it sustainable. Sports nutrition is about the journey rather than the destination. Diet books come and go, but Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook continues to be the book of choice for those who want to find out what they’re physically capable of… [The book] made all the difference for me. I had done reasonably well in my fitness journey, having lost 30 pounds of fat and gained a fair amount of muscle, but around 2003 was when I really wanted to up my game. I wanted to get faster and stronger and leaner. The director of health and fitness programs at the University of Calgary recommended Nancy’s book to me, and that was the start of changing how I viewed everything to do with food and fueling athletic performance. A decade later I’m a muscular Boston Marathon qualifier who can see his abs. Thanks, Nancy.”

James S. Fell-- Author of Lose It Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind

About the Author

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD, renowned author and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, is known for her ability to translate the science of nutrition for exercise and health into practical tips to enhance performance, manage weight, and resolve eating disorders. She has a private practice in the Boston-area (Newton, MA), where she offers nutrition consultations to both casual exercisers and competitive athletes. Her more renowned clients have included members of the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, and many collegiate, elite, and Olympic athletes from a variety of sports. She is team nutritionist for the Boston Red Sox.

An internationally known lecturer, Clark has given presentations to professional groups such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), as well as team talks to athletes at Boston-area colleges. Clark offers workshops nationally to health professionals with her sports nutrition workshop series. As a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Virtual Marathon Training Program, Clark helps novice runners complete the distance.

Clark received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College in Boston and her master’s degree in nutrition from Boston University. She completed her internship in dietetics at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a fellow of the American Dietetic Association, recipient of its Media Excellence Award, an active member of ADA’s practice group of sports nutritionists (SCAN), and a recipient of that group’s Honor Award. In addition, Clark is a fellow of the ACSM and a recipient of the Honor Award from ACSM’s New England chapter. Clark received the 2015 Nutrition Science Media Award from the American Society of Nutrition.

Clark is the nutrition columnist for New England Runner and American Fitness and is a frequent contributor to numerous sports and fitness publications. She writes a monthly nutrition column called “The Athlete’s Kitchen,” which appears regularly in over 100 sports publications and Web sites. She has authored Nancy Clark’s Food Guide for Marathoners: Tips for Everyday Champions and The Cyclist’s Food Guide: Fueling for the Distance.

She lives in the Boston area.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 5 edition (October 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450459935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450459938
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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155 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Recyclist on August 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I purchased Nancy Clark's "Sports Nutrition Guidebook 3rd Ed." due to the great reviews it received from other users on Amazon. Needless to say, judging by the title of this review, I'm regretting my purchase.

Simply put, this book seems to focus on people who are exercising to loose weight. It is rife with sections on weight loss, dieting and body image. I was under the impression that this was a guidebook for athletes, not a guide for someone wanting to loose weight at the gym.

I will save the reader much effort by listing Nancy Clark's main points:

1.Your diet should be 65% carbohydrates, 25% fat and 10% protein.

2.Eat before and after exercise to provide fuel and enhance recovery.

3.Start the day with a balanced breakfast

That's about the extent of the information presented. Of course there is some useful information about vitamin/nutritional/glycemic values of certain foods, but this information can easily be found through an internet search. Furthermore, the recipies just aren't that good. I've tried enough of them to start looking elsewhere for meal ideas.

Finally, dietary supplements are given very little attention. No mention of glutamine, creatine, HMB, Medium-Chain Triglycerides etc. This is intolerable for a book on sports nutrition.

In my opinion this book should be called "Fitness Nutrition Guidebook". It is a sports guidebook only in the most limited sense. If you are looking for a book to help you get in shape then I think this will fit the bill. If you are an athlete looking to take your training to the next level then I would look elsewhere.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Arnez on September 15, 2005
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I am currently training for my first marathon. I needed a book that would teach me how to eat for the long runs, help me to lose weight and have the energy I need.

Nancy Clark's book is practical, easy to understand and it works for me. The recipes in the back of the book are great - even my kids are eating them! This is not the kind of book that you just read once through. The book is packed with information. It is a reference tool. I refer back to it often as I have questions and am working to fine tune my eating.

I heartily recommend Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda Caley on February 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
An invaluable resource for active people and a classic reference for nutrition professionals.

Revised and updated, Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Fifth Edition, provides answers to many of the questions we are so often asked by clients. With the wealth of nutrition advice available to consumers, there is confusion as to what, how and when to eat for optimal health and peak athletic performance. Nancy clears up that confusion by offering sound, sustainable nutrition advice that works! Easy to read and well organized with a great index, so an RD or reader can easily look up a topic and quickly find an answer.

The book is divided into 4 sections: 1) Everyday eating for active people, 2) the science of eating and exercise, 3) balancing weight and activity, and 4) winning recipes for peak performance. The information is invaluable on a broad spectrum, from fitness exerciser to competitive athlete.

The weight management section is helpful for active people who are trying to diet and exercise simultaneously. I counsel fitness exercisers, and competitive athletes struggling with eating disorders. For many of these individuals, changing food beliefs and behaviors is a daunting task. The client success stories Nancy shares have helped my clients move toward a healthier relationship with food and exercise.

You will learn what and how to eat before, during and after exercise events. Family-friendly recipes and meal plans are included to maximize the nutritional benefit from food. The recipes are simple to make, have few ingredients and designed for hungry athletes who are novice cooks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By blogbookz on January 12, 2014
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This book is comprehensive in its coverage of nutrition, especially with regards the selection of foods for athletes. As a fifth edition, it tackles many of the questions that arise amidst the many types of diet fads these days. The coverage of diet and exercise is extensive and the author Nancy Clark thoroughly documents the research that supports her recommendations. The book uses a balanced approach to planning healthy meals, with lists of fruits and vegetables and their benefits. It discusses what should be considered when deciding if organic foods are necessary, as well as the importance of calcium and Vitamin D and good sources for lactose tolerant and intolerant people. Also listed are good sources of protein, consideration of the types of fat, sugar, considerations for a sustainable diet pattern when thinking about the cardiovascular system, high blood pressure and cholesterol. Cancer, diabetes, and bone health are all touched upon. The book walks through considering your daily routine, especially with regards to meals (frequency and type), and strategies to help you fuel your body evenly throughout the day. The book focuses on many of the concerns specific to athletes, in terms of eating the right foods at the right times to have the energy required for workouts and performance during competitions. It also gives strategies for athletes that are looking to gain weight. The book is helpful in that it considers budget constraints when discussing issues like the need for organic foods (if money is no concern, then the athlete would always choose the foods without pesticides), and the cost of buying protein
supplements versus other cheaper and more effective sources of protein.
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