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Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Third Edition Paperback – August 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0736046022 ISBN-10: 073604602X Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 3 edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073604602X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736046022
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

What's the best diet for good health and athletic performance? Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D., describes the dietary balance and specific foods shown to be optimal for athletes from recreational exercisers to Olympic hopefuls, citing supporting studies. Refreshingly free of high-protein hype, Clark emphasizes a varied, wholesome, moderate diet high in complex carbohydrates ("without question, wholesome carbohydrates are the best choices for fueling your muscles and promoting good health"), especially whole grains and starches; adequate but not excessive protein; and 20 to 35 percent fat. Learn the components and variables of your ideal diet, with tables of nutritional information and marvelous tidbits, such as calorie/fat counts of various fast foods. Did you realize that an Au Bon Pain pecan roll has 800 calories and 45 grams of fat--double the calories/fat in a serving of KFC's Crispy Strips? Did you know that a Dunkin' Donuts 16-ounce Coffee Coolatta with cream has 410 calories and 22 grams of fat--about equivalent to a McDonald's Quarter-Pounder? Clark, a well-known sports nutrition expert, also covers weight loss, weight gain, eating disorders, and includes 72 recipes. Highly recommended for athletes, exercisers, and average folk who want to understand how to design a personalized diet. --Joan Price

About the Author


Nancy Clark, MS, RD, is the director of nutrition services at SportsMedicine Associates in Brookline, Massachusetts, one of the largest athletic injury clinics in the Boston area. A registered dietitian specializing in nutrition for sports, exercise, and weight management, Clark counsels everyone from casual exercisers to competitive athletes. Her more famous clients include members of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics as well as many elite and Olympic athletes. She is also the sports nutrition consultant to Boston College's sports medicine department and the Arthritis Foundation's Joint in Motion Marathon Training Program.

Clark is the nutrition columnist for New England Runner, Adventure Cycling, Rugby, and Active.com. She is a regular contributor to Shape and Runner's World, and she writes a monthly nutrition column titled “The Athlete's Kitchen,” which appears in more than 100 sports and health publications and Web sites. In addition, Clark is the author of Nancy Clark's Food Guide for Marathoners: Tips for Everyday Champions, and she has an audiotape, Dieting Tips for Active People: How to Lose Fat and Maintain Energy to Train.

An internationally known lecturer, Clark has given presentations to such groups as the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the International Food Information Council. She has also led workshops for athletes at the Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs and Lake Placid. Clark received her undergraduate 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 ADA, recipient of their 1995 Media Excellence Award, and an active member of ADA's practice group of sports nutritionists (SCAN) and a recipient of its 1992 Honor Award. In addition, Clark is a fellow of the ACSM and recipient of the 1994 Honor Award from ACSM's New England chapter.

An athlete herself, Clark has biked across America, run marathons, and trekked in the Himalayas. A regular bike commuter and member of the Greater Boston Track Club, she lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.

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The book is packed with information.
J. Arnez
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to lose weight, gain weight, enhance performance in sports, or just looking for a way maintain weight and eat healthy!!
Fitgirl45
I didn't realize how little I knew about nutrition until I read this book.
Rob W. McWhirter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

153 of 178 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 Richard Kakareko on October 5, 2005
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I found this book very informative with numerous practical and healthy recipes for the busy American. Explanations of the prescriptions for food are detailed and well thought. I recommened this as a good read and great resource book for those concerned about eating right, not matter what the situation is.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fitness Girl on January 20, 2008
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Nancy Clark's book has revolutionized my diet, training, and life. As a fitness instructor and runner I had trouble knowing what to eat, how much to eat, and struggled with erratic weight. After reading this book all of my questions have been answered. I have learned tips on how to fuel my body for the demands that I put upon it. I have energy, I can eat without guilt, and my weight has stabilized. Science and experience backs up everything that Nancy Clark says. I'm a true believer. You'll love this book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fitgirl45 on December 30, 2006
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I am a high school basketball player who was looking for a nutrition guide to help me eat right. I have tried to read books before about nutrition but I could never understand what they were even talking about! This book is great nutrition made easy. I have learned so much just by reading this book! I am now more energized and even losing some extra pounds I couldnt get rid of before. My sports performace has also improved! This book covers so much! I cant stress to you how important this book is and how it is going to change your life!! I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to lose weight, gain weight, enhance performance in sports, or just looking for a way maintain weight and eat healthy!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason G on January 31, 2008
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The Sports Nutrition Guidebook is a useful resource for the average, healthy individual to have at hand as a nutritional resource. This book is more of a healthy living guide, than a sport specific guide, Individuals who are engaging in sports that require a lot of anaerobic activity, like football or baseball will not find this book as useful, but they will still find some great instruction. For endurance sports such as running or cycling, or for the general weekend warrior looking to have nutrition be a part of a healthy lifestyle, that is not concerned with larger than normal weight loss, this book is a good esource.

While basic advice is well-written here, that shouldn't be really new to anyone who is familiar with good nutrition: a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, and dairy; and the importance of regular meals, some care is taken to readjust thinking about fad diets and dietary myths, especially in preparation for physical activity. Unbalanced approaches to carbohydrates, fluid, protein, etc. and their dangers are detailed in an easy to understand format. The chapter on misusing a healthy lifestyle for rapid weight loss or other eating disorders is tactfully written.

The last third of the book is a useful recipe guide that applies principles taught in the book into practical meal planning steps that are neither arduous nor difficult for active individuals to adapt to. Creating a healthy approach to the body, especially in view of a fat obssessed society calls for balance and patience. There is nothing sudden or radical about the advice in this book, as it is above all, caling for a lifestyle that is healthy and active and is designed to provide nutrional advice for helping individuals achieve those goals. This book is a great resource for active people, who want sound, scientific advice that meets the needs of individuals in today's fast paced society.
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