Book Review: Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 5th Edition (2014)

Posted on 12-03-2014 , by: Nancy Clark , in , , , 0 Comments

This book review was written by Linda Caley RD

An invaluable resource for active people and a classic reference for nutrition professionals.

Revised and updated, Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Fifth Edition, provides answers to the many questions asked by active people who are confused about what, how and when to eat for optimal health and peak athletic performance. Nancy clears up that confusion by offering sound, sustainable nutrition advice that works! Her book is easy to read, well organized, and has a great index, so you can easily look up a topic and quickly find an answer. The information is invaluable on a broad spectrum, from fitness exercisers to competitive athletes.

Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook is divided into 4 sections:

1) Everyday eating for active people

2) Science of eating and exercise

3) Balancing weight and activity

4) Winning recipes for peak performance.

As the mother of a competitive figure skater, I often hear coaches offer nutrition misinformation about what and how to eat before, during and after exercise events. It’s nice to have Clark’s expertly referenced Sports Nutrition Guidebook handy to challenge this misinformation. As a leader and expert in her field, Nancy uses current research to address some controversial nutrition topics in her new “Fact or Fiction” sections highlighted throughout the book.

The weight management section is helpful for active people who are trying to diet and exercise simultaneously. Both fitness exercisers and competitive athletes alike commonly struggle with eating disorders. For many of these individuals, changing food beliefs and behaviors is a daunting task. Nancy shares her client success stories; they have helped many of my clients move toward a healthier relationship with food and exercise.

Family-friendly recipes and meal plans are included to maximize the nutritional benefit from food. The recipes are simple to make, have few ingredients and designed for hungry athletes who are novice cooks. No need to spend hours in the kitchen!

For educators, the new 5th edition comes with a free Instructor’s Guide to help you teach sports nutrition classes. The Instructor’s Guide includes a chapter-by-chapter overview, objective, teaching points, discussion questions, activities, and quiz questions–plus an image bank for making PowerPoint presentations. These teaching materials are available when ordering the guidebook through the publisher, Human Kinetics, at

I have been a dietitian for over 25 years, spending countless hours researching nutrition claims, separating fact from fiction. Nancy has done a fantastic job of putting her years of research, expertise and evidence based advice into one easy to read reference. It’s like having Nancy right there with you to ask advice. I am grateful to have such a classic piece to reference and recommend to clients.  Thank you, Nancy.

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Reviewer:             Linda S. Caley, MS, RD, CEDR

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