Reviewer: John M Kaltenborn, MS, ATC, PES (James Madison University)
Description: This is a good basic reference for athletes or anyone looking to increase their general knowledge about proper eating habits to achieve their activity goals. This updates the 2003 edition.
Purpose: The book provides readers with a general knowledge base to help them achieve desired exercise or activity goals through the proper use of food. In light of the many fad diets that are not healthy, this book is needed. It provides enough basic information to help readers achieve exercise/activity goals while maintaining an overall healthy eating plan.
Audience: It is intended for any active persons, athletes, or individuals interested in improving their physique, performance level, or lifestyle through better eating habits. Nancy Clark does an excellent job of addressing this audience. Since she has been lecturing and writing books on this subject for almost two decades, she is a very credible source of information.
Features: Among a multitude of topics surrounding eating for an active person/athlete, the book covers how to eat throughout the day, pre- and post-workouts, as well as eating healthy throughout a lifespan. It has an extensive recipe section, providing readers with hundreds of recipes in any food category needed to provide proper nutrition for performance. The appendixes provide ample references for further research as well as key terms to help readers better grasp the concepts discussed in the book. The one shortcoming is that it does not delve into the nutritional needs for different sports. This is a possible feature that some readers would find helpful.
Assessment: This edition is of the same high quality that Nancy Clark is known for. As someone who attended a two-day nutritional workshop of hers based on the second edition of this book, I am pleased to see that this fourth edition has taken into account the new food choices/companies as well as the fad diets that have come along since then and since the 2003 edition. She remains informative as well as topical in this area.