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.