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Gain the ultimate advantage! Nutrient Timing for Peak Performance is your guide to consuming the right foods at the right time for optimal results in training or competition.

Renowned sport nutritionists Heidi Skolnik and Andrea Chernus have worked alongside today?s top athletes, including professional football players and elite marathoners. In Nutrient Timing for Peak Performance, they?ve combined the latest dietetic research with practical advice you can use to create a ...

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Gain the ultimate advantage! Nutrient Timing for Peak Performance is your guide to consuming the right foods at the right time for optimal results in training or competition.

Renowned sport nutritionists Heidi Skolnik and Andrea Chernus have worked alongside today’s top athletes, including professional football players and elite marathoners. In Nutrient Timing for Peak Performance, they’ve combined the latest dietetic research with practical advice you can use to create a personalized action plan based on the needs of your body, your sport, and your goals.

With guidelines specific to training and competition, as well as sample meal and snack plans, you’ll see how certain nutrients in precise amounts at specific times can improve consistency of energy, speed recovery, increase the building effects of strength training, diminish muscle breakdown, improve immune function, and minimize your risk of injury.

Whether you are a dedicated triathlete, high school pitcher, college swimmer, competitive powerlifter, or professional soccer player, Nutrient Timing for Peak Performance is your guide to peak athletic training and performance.

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Reviewer: Allison Maurer, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS (University of Tennessee at Knoxville)
Description: This easy to read and understand book on nutrition needs during physical activity includes basic information about carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals, and fluid and meal planning.
Purpose: The purpose is to address nutrient timing as a major component of sports nutrition and to look at the needs of all types of athletes.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for readers interested in improving their sports performance, from collegiate athletes to weekend warriors and everyone in between. However, some of the information will be a bit too scientific and complex for some readers.
Features: The basics of carbohydrates, protein, and fat comprise a large portion of the book. Digestion and metabolism of these nutrients along with the glycemic index of carbohydrates are also covered. The authors also discuss other basic sports nutrition topics, like hydration, and conclude with how to put it all together in a meal plan. Especially helpful is the way each chapter on macronutrients clearly discusses timing. For example, in the protein chapter, sections specifically cover protein before, during, and after exercise. The authors use a lot of analogies to relate the science to real life, which can be helpful, but they are a bit overused. Most sports nutrition books cover macronutrients, which is essential. However, the title of this book is a little misleading. One would think the entire book would be about timing, but only the last section of the book covers that. It almost would have been better to cover the timing information first and the macronutrients second.
Assessment: "I enjoyed the book, and the general population could use it, but it is very similar to other sports nutrition books. Some sections may go into a little too much depth for some readers, such as with the glycemic index. I have a hard time thinking that collegiate recreational athletes will understand or even be able to incorporate any type of glycemic index into their diets unless they study it more in depth. Other books that cover much of the same information include Nutrition for Serious Athletes: An Advanced Guide to Foods, Fluids, and Supplements for Training and Performance, Benardot (Human Kinetics, 2000), Advanced Sports Nutrition, Benardot (Human Kinetics, 2006), and Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 4th edition, Clark (Human Kinetics, 2008). "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736087643
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Pages: 237
  • Sales rank: 540,991
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Heidi Skolnik, MS, CDN, FACSM, is the president of Nutrition Conditioning, Inc., a nutrition consulting practice. She has master’s degrees in exercise science and human nutrition. She is also a New York State certified nutritionist, a fellow with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and a certified ACSM health fitness instructor.

Skolnik is the sports nutrition consultant to the New York Giants, the Juilliard School, and the School of American Ballet. She is a senior nutritionist at the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at Hospital for Special Surgery and part of the New York Road Runners sports nutrition team. Previously, Skolnik spent 15 years working with the New York Mets. She has also worked with professional athletes in football, baseball, basketball, cycling, and soccer; Olympic-level athletes; marathoners; and collegiate wrestlers.

As an expert resource for national media, Skolnik has been referenced in newspapers and national magazines such as Men’s Health, Stack, Self, Glamour, GQ, andReal Simple. She appears frequently on TV and has been seen on CNN American Morning and Headline News, theToday Show, Good Morning America, theEarly Show, Primetime, 20/20, Extra, and the Food Network.

Andrea Chernus, MS, RD, CDE, is a registered dietitian and New York State certified dietitian and nutritionist. She holds a master’s degree in nutrition and exercise physiology from Columbia University inNew York. She maintains a full-time private practice on the upper west side in New York City, where she sees many athletes and performers.  

Chernus consults with runners in the New York Road Runners Club and the New York City Marathon and is part of the New York Road Runners sports nutrition team. As part of Nutrition Conditioning, Inc., she also consults to the Juilliard School. Previously, she was the clinical nutritionist for Columbia University Health and Related Services. Chernus’ articles have been published in Training & Conditioning, Stack, Dance Spirit, Bottom Line, and Pointe. She has been quoted in Outdoors, Shape, Self, YM, Women’s Day, andBicycling. She has also appeared on local and national TV.

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Table of Contents


Part I The Principles

Chapter 1 The Nutrient Timing Advantage

Chapter 2 The Science Made Simple

Part II The Nutrients

Chapter 3  Carbohydrate as the Primary Fuel

Chapter 4  The Protein Profile

Chapter 5  Smart Fat in the Diet

Chapter 6  Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Chapter 7  The Role of Fluids

Chapter 8  The Supplement Factor

Part III Fueling Strategies, Plans, and Menus

Chapter 9  Timing Guidelines for Athletes

Chapter 10 Strength and Power

Chapter 11 Endurance

Chapter 12 Stop and Go



About the Authors

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    A must have for everyone who works out!

    I've been working out for most of my life and nutrition has always been a major focus. I've always prided myself on knowing how to get the best results from my fitness and nutrition program however after reading Nutrient Timing for Peak Performance, I realized that I could tweak my nutritional program and with this book's expert info and direction, I did just that and it worked. I saw a difference in my energy level as well as the way my body felt. This book is truly a must have for both pros and non-pros to gain maximum results. I also gave the book to my personal trainer who gave it a thumbs up for its content and direction! Four and read it!

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