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Vegetarian Sports Nutrition [Paperback]

D. Enette Larson-Meyer
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Book Description

Nov. 1 2006

Gain the vegetarian advantage! Vegetarian meal plans have been used successfully in everything from bodybuilding to endurance sports. Every day more and more athletes—even those who are not full-time vegetarians—incorporate a plant-based diet when training or recovering from competition.

Relying on the recent evidence-based research, Vegetarian Sports Nutrition details performance and health benefits, including enhanced muscle recovery and optimal bone health. With tailored meal plans and training strategies, you will learn to make smart nutritional decisions and to properly fuel your body throughout your training regimen.

This comprehensive resource simplifies the process of determining your energy, protein, vitamin, and mineral needs and monitoring carbohydrate and fat intake. You'll learn how to optimize a vegetarian diet for peak performance across all sports.

Whether you are a dedicated vegetarian looking to add variety to your diet or an athlete searching for a competitive edge, Vegetarian Sports Nutrition will help you improve your health and performance!

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"Finally, serious nutrition information for serious vegetarian athletes!" Vegetarian Sports Nutrition "provides sound and accessible explanations on what vegetarians really need to consume." Shane SpeerDeputy Editor, "Vegetarian Times" ""Vegetarian Sports Nutrition "delivers inspired, useful, and science-based information to make you a better, healthier athlete." Amby BurfootExecutive Editor, "Runner's World Marathon"Winner (and Vegetarian) 1968 Boston Marathon


“Finally, serious nutrition information for serious vegetarian athletes! Vegetarian Sports Nutrition provides sound and accessible explanations on what vegetarians really need to consume.”

Shane Speer
Deputy Editor, Vegetarian Times

Vegetarian Sports Nutrition delivers inspired, useful, and science-based information to make you a better, healthier athlete.”

Amby Burfoot
Executive Editor, Runner's World Marathon
Winner (and Vegetarian) 1968 Boston Marathon

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Scientific evidence collected over the last 10 to 20 years (since the mid-1980s or so) has noticeably changed our understanding of the role of vegetarian diets in human health and disease prevention. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I am working out in the gym, burning fat and building muscle, and trying to follow the bodybuilders diet to aid this process. It typically requires one to consume 50% of calories from carbs, 20% fat and 30% protein. Meeting such high protein requirement on vegetarian whole foods is practically impossible - nearly all vegetarian sources of protein also contain carbs and fiber.

...No, usually I am not obsessed with "getting more protein", I just want to follow a successful fat loss program while staying a vegetarian. In fact, I achieved my best results to date on vegetarian 12-15% protein diet.

I have purchased this book to find out sport science's recommendations for the athletes. The book also advertised eating plans on the cover. What made me choose this book is that the author is a Ph.D and RD, and a vegetarian athlete herself. And I am glad I chose it!

This book is one of the most fascinating books on nutrition I have read during past 5 years ( and I have read dozens of them ).
- It is multifaceted and highly customizable; it explains how to find out your personal dietary and calorie requirements
- It troubleshoots most common problems that athletes face ( fatique, muscle crumps etc) and provides concise lists of top-10 or top-20 foods that address those problems along with timing and composition of meals
- It provides lists of top foods for most important vitamins, minerals and their combinations and RDA for them
- It is suitable for those who don't use milk
- It provides the best practical advice on creating your own meal plans. It includes not only what to eat, but how to select foods and how to optimize your cooking time.

Undoubtedly, the book to buy if you want smart results on the vegetarian diet.
... And yes, I found an answer to my protein question!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sport Nutrition Bible June 29 2009
I've read quite a few books on Sport Nutrition but none as easily read or as detailed as Vegetarian Sport Nutrition. I've been through it 3 times already and it's one book I will always have close at hand . This is a must have if your serious about improving your sports performance whether your a vegan, vegetarian , part time vegetarian that eats meat once in a while or even a meat eater . I've experienced the benefits right away both on the Squash court and in Soccer . I am faster , feel more energy and can play harder now that I have the right balance of food pre-game and post game . As well my overall caloric intake had to be increased based on my energy expenditure . I never thought I could do it , but she describes the method and it is not that hard . I feel young again , competing against 23-27 year olds at the age of 40 . Thanks for writing the book

D.G in Canada
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for professionals working with vegetarian athletes Nov. 29 2010
By G. Welter, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS - Published on
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As a college sports dietitian, I have been using this book with my vegetarian athletes (and non-athletes) for some time now. I like the way the author uses a conversational tone to cover the scientific and evidence-based information. Most books with this caliber of information are very dry reading. She gives professional-level details to determine an athlete's nutrition needs, but also gives a more general means of calculating calories and foods to supply adequate carbs, protein and fats via the vegetarian pyramid.

My favorite part of the book is Chapter 14, with its many practical suggestions for quick and easy meals and snacks. I think that it, by itself, is worth the price of the book. The suggestions are great for busy vegetarians (which includes all athletes and most other non-athlete vegetarians I know). The nutrition athletes need is translated into foods they can easily get hold of, prepare (if necessary), and actually eat. The author does a great job of giving vegetarians lots of do-able options.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vegi Nov. 19 2012
By alfiro2000 - Published on
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This is a great book...this was how i became a vegetarian concience,regardless of your sport or level of performance, by reading Vegetarian Sports Nutrition, you will learn ways to use nutrition to improve your performance and overall health. For those with some nutrition background or a strong interest in nutrition, the book included clear discussions of key nutrients for athletes--from protein, fat, and carbohydrates to iron and vitamins.For those who are mainly looking for practical advice, there are lots of lists, charts, and tables that show how to plan a healthy vegetarian diet that takes into account your level of exercise, fitness goals, and personal characteristics. There are ideas for making quick meals and snacks, eating before, during, and after events, and remaining injury-free. Also, there is an extensive, well-documented discussion on whether to use supplements. This book would be a valuable addition to the library of any active vegetarian or vegan or of any athlete who is vegetarian or who is interested in moving towards a more vegetarian diet.Thank change my life...really...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!! Jan. 27 2011
By Kelly 2145 - Published on
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Excellent book! All of the information I ever wanted about being vegetarian plus tips concerning sports nutrition compiled in one source. (I've been veggie for 15 yrs.) I did my first sprint triathlon this past summer, and am looking forward to all of the help of the nutritional advice for my next, longer distance race. I definitely recommend it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource May 2 2012
By suej - Published on
This is a comprehensive resouce for vegetarians engaged in active lifestyles. I've found the advice to be very informative and prescriptive. I would recommend this book to other runners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important information for the serious human. June 7 2014
By J. W. Stanfield - Published on
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I was desperate. I have both CAD and type 2 diabetes. I needed nutrition information that included recommendations for a exercise and fitness regimen... and this book complimented the information and advice from my medical doctor books. I thank the author for her sharing what she has with all of us.
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