Fuel Up: Using the Principles of Sports Nutrition to Perform Like a Pro

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An up-to-date guide to the principles of sports nutrition explains how to incorporate the dietary strategies of professional athletes into individualized, customized eating programs for maximum health and energy and provides detailed information on protein, fats, sports drinks, nutritional supplements, weight control, food facts and fallacies, and other topics. Original.

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Food is fuel. Whether you're an athlete, exerciser, or manual laborer, your diet plays an active role in the quality of your physical activity. "Knowing what, how much, and when to eat is relevant not just for elite athletes, but for anyone who is interested in an active lifestyle," writes Eric Sternlicht, Ph.D. Sternlicht is a competitive cyclist; nutrition and exercise consultant to celebrities, athletes, and corporations; and assistant professor of kinesiology at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Fuel Up explains the science and offers guidelines for tailoring your diet to the daily needs of your active lifestyle to get sufficient carbohydrates, protein, fluids, and micronutrients for optimal replenishment and athletic performance.

Sternlicht stresses the importance of carbohydrates, "an athlete's best friend," for high levels of performance and fitness and avoiding lethargy and mood swings. He explains how to vary your protein daily depending on your training level, keep your fat intake at 20 percent, and stay adequately hydrated. He cautions against fad supplements. He also gives training tips for improving fitness and performance. Fuel Up is recommended for athletes, physical laborers, and serious exercisers who want to understand what, when, and how to eat, and the science behind these recommendations. --Joan Price

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Eric Sternlicht, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Kinesiology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA and president of Simply Fit, a nutrition and exercise consulting firm whose clients have included Disney, ESPN, Reebok, Soloflex, SONY, UCLAAthletic Department, and actor/director Clint Eastwood. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, contributes to many fitness publications, and is an avid competitive cyclist.

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