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Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes [Paperback]

Monique Ryan
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Nov. 4 2002
Monique Ryan distills nearly two decades of experience counseling athletes on their nutritional needs into this comprehensive yet accessible book. She discusses both general principles -- useful for endurance athletes in any sport -- as well as specific guidelines for those involved in triathlons, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, distance running, and more. The book's three sections cover the basics of building a healthy diet, training nutrition, and sports-specific nutrition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A bunch of old, tired, and general advice April 29 2003
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Format:Paperback
Truly disappointed in this book. Nothing in here about any of the more recent (say last 3 years) nutritional developments -- e.g., "paleo" diet for endurance athletes, etc. All this book contains is the same old, and rather boring, nutritional retoric that you can find in just about any issue of Triathlete magazine you pick up. Additionally, the author really only glosses over issues like the glycemic index and its impace on nutritional strategy for pre-race fueling, race fueling and post-race recovery. She recommends foods which are high in processed sugars and highly-processed grains for normal eating, but doesn't even attempt to explain or express contrary views about the value of these foods to an athlete.
Bottom line: If you have been following sports nutrition at all, you will find nothing new or interesting here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know, and more. Oct. 29 2003
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As a 43-year old beginning triathlete, there were lots of things I needed to know to ensure success in my sport and knew early on that proper nutrition would be key. I read the book from cover-to-cover and found almost every paragraph provided valuable information. Not only did the author explain in detail what I needed to know, she explained all the whens, whys and whats -- when to eat, why particular foods are better for training that others and what foods work best for the MY training. I used the book as a bible and, on my way to reaching the best shape I've ever been in, lost nine pounds and went from 22% to 12% body fat. And although I faced challenge after challenge along the way, by following what I learned in the book, nutrition was never an obstacle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read July 24 2003
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As a physician with a degree in nutrition, and a triathlete of 16 years, it is refreshing to read a book full of sound, no- nonsense information. In a world full of books espousing the diet/supplement fad of the day, this one thorougly explains the fundamentals of nutrition and how to apply them to maximize performance. Knowing these fundamental allows the athlete to make informed decisions when planning a diet, as well as, when trying to choose between the myriad of supplements available. If your looking for a magic bullet to take your performance to the next level this is not the book for you, but if you want to arm yourself with proven knowledge that is supported by scientific literature and will not only help you to improve your athletic performance but will also help you live a healthier life, this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes Feb. 7 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is by far the best source of nutritional information I have found for endurance athletes. It's great because it maintains the focus and isn't jammed full of useless information. It has great charts, sample menus, different information tables, and specific sports nutritional guidance. I read it cover to cover, re-read it, highlighting along the way, then shoved it in my backpack to use as a quick reference and as a silent coach. Having this book is as important to me as having the right shoes, bike or clothing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome nutrition book! Oct. 16 2003
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I am a cyclist and purchased this book to help educate myself more about how I need to fuel for cycling. I race at a high level and train 15-28hrs per week. Monique Ryan clearly explains the theory behind certain nutritional requirements, then gives keypoints on how to achieve those, and finally gives sample menu's and various information on the nutritional values of foods. Definitely a good book to keep going back to as a reminder of what you need to be doing.
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