You’ve got your training dialed in: you follow a plan, give time for your body to recover, are doing complementary cross training. What’s next? How about dialing in your nutrition?
Monique Ryan’s Sports Nutrition For Endurance Athletes (Boulder, CO: VeloPress, 2012) is the reference guide you need. Hydration, energy nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes (oh my!). Optimal recovery, weight loss, muscle building, changing body composition, ergogenic aids. Ergogenic aids? Read the book!
The subject of nutrition is equal parts art and science, but is more than knowing what to eat. How about the right amounts and the right times? Did you know even slight dehydration impairs athletic performance? That the glycemic index is more accurate than simply looking at carbohydrates as simple or complex? Which vitamins and minerals are toxic in high doses? All these questions and more are answered in this book.
This is not a book you sit down and read at one sitting. Rather, it stays on your bookshelf, ready to be referenced, probably multiple times a day, as you think of another aspect of nutrition you have questions about.
The one negative I found with this well-researched book is that vegetarian/vegan eating plans are given short thrift. Otherwise, this 3rd edition will keep you up to date for quite some time.
About the Author: Monique Ryan, MS, RD, LDN is a nationally recognized nutritionist with over twenty-five years of professional experience. She is founder of Personal Nutrition Designs, a nutrition consulting company based in the Chicago area. Started in 1992, Personal Nutrition Designs provides nutrition programs for diverse groups of people with an emphasis on long-term follow-up and support programming. Monique has developed thousands of nutrition plans for clients in the areas of sports nutrition, weight management, women’s health, eating disorder recovery, various medical and health concerns, and disease prevention and wellness. She provides her clients with practical cutting edge nutrition information based on current scientific research.
(Disclaimer: I was sent this book for free to review on my blog, courtesy of VeloPress. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)
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