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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 141  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 373-375

Nutrition for sport and exercise: A practical guide

Department of Food & Nutrition, Institute of Home Economics (University of Delhi), New Delhi 110 016, India

Date of Web Publication7-May-2015

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Seema Puri
Department of Food & Nutrition, Institute of Home Economics (University of Delhi), New Delhi 110 016
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Nutrition for sport and exercise: A practical guide, H. Daries (Wiley - Blackwell, UK) 2012. 280 pages. Price: not mentioned.

ISBN 978-1-4051-5354-6

With more and more interest being generated in good health, wellness and fitness, the attention to nutrition and its role in fitness is also gaining importance. In this context, a practical guide on nutrition for sports and fitness seems a very timely publication. It outlines the fundamental principles of nutrition in relation to sports and exercise and then applies these principles in practice through tools such as food and nutrient lists, recipes and menu options. The book is student friendly and presents scientific principles in an easy to read format.

This practical guide has nine chapters. Each chapter is divided into separate sections, each dealing with a different concept. All chapters have a set of key words in the beginning, food and nutrients lists within and a chapter summary at the end. Recipes at the end of some of the chapters help to reinforce how to incorporate the nutrition principles described therein into the daily diets. In addition, the book has appendices dealing with reference values for estimated energy expenditure, glossary, student exercises, internet resources and references. The student exercises for each chapter reinforce the students' understanding of the principles discussed in that chapter. Author and subject index provided at the end are useful.

The first introductory chapter deals with the importance of an adequate diet for an athlete and the barriers that prevent adoption of such a diet. Chapter 2 on the energy needs of an athlete deals with the fundamental principles of energy metabolism, effect of exercise on energy metabolism and methods to assess energy needs of an athlete. The methods suggested are supported by actual calculations to make them easily decipherable even to the layman. Chapter 3 lays the foundation of a good diet focusing on the "eatwell plate" concept and how it can be used as a basis for the athletes' diet. Besides the major nutrients, it also discusses the importance of hydration, breakfast and maintenance of a healthy weight.

Chapters 4-6 describe in detail the role of the macronutrients - carbohydrates, proteins and fats in the athletes' diet, and how and when these should be consumed. The appropriate tables in each chapter and recipes at the end further add to the clarity of the explanation. The additional appeal is the section on successful weight management in chapter 6. Vitamin and mineral requirements for athletes as well as non - athletes is dealt with comprehensively in the next chapter. Fluid and electrolyte balance is crucial for a good athletic performance. This issue is tackled in chapter 8. Practical hydration tips are also given. Chapter 9 deals with ergogenic aids. The author has very clearly outlined the common supplements and the scientific evidence regarding their usage.

The book is a clear and lucid explanation of the basic principles of sports nutrition. However, it differs from a conventional textbook in its practical approach. The author, being a practicing dietitian, has been able to bring out an "easy to understand, easy to use and easy to adopt" manual. Her practical experience in this area is also reflected in the fact that there is no information overload. She has restricted the information given in each chapter to what is necessary to enhance knowledge and skills regarding planning and preparation of suitable diets for athletes. This aspect would be particularly appealing to students and practitioners of sports nutrition. However, it does not have any India - specific recommendations, which is a limitation to its usage among those studying the subject in India. The food lists and recipes are also based on western diets.

Overall, this book will be of relevance to any reader interested in fitness and sports, but is certainly recommended to the students and faculty involved in the disciplines of fitness, nutrition and sports sciences.


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