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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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). "