Athletics Weekly - - Performance -

WHAT: The eighth edi­tion of the nutrition bible com­piled by award win­ning reg­is­tered sports nu­tri­tion­ist, Anita Bean.

WHY: Too many sports nutrition books are based on fluffy fads, but this one fo­cuses on hard sci­en­tific the­ory that is ex­plained with great sim­plic­ity by Bean. In ad­di­tion to chap­ters out­lin­ing how to cal­cu­late pre­cise car­bo­hy­drate, pro­tein and vi­ta­min re­quire­ments to sup­port your train­ing, there are su­perb sec­tions of the book de­voted to more spe­cial­ist as­pects of an ath­lete’s diet. In the Fe­male

Ath­lete chap­ter, for ex­am­ple, Bean pro­vides an in-depth un­der­stand­ing of the fe­male ath­lete triad and its im­pli­ca­tions. There’s also a sec­tion on the nu­tri­tional de­mands of young ath­letes, de­tail­ing when, what and how much they should eat be­fore and af­ter train­ing. At the back of the book there are menu plans and recipe ideas for those seek­ing in­spi­ra­tion. It’s the most com­pre­hen­sive guide to sports nutrition around and a must-read for coaches and ath­letes.

WHERE: The Com­plete Guide To Sports Nutrition by Anita Bean (Blooms­bury, £18.99 pa­per­back/£16.99 eBook) from blooms­ or all ma­jor book shops.

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