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Author and world-renowned sports nutritionist Dr. Dan Benardot has applied his extensive research and work with elite athletes, including Olympic gold medalists, to explain the link between nutrition and athletic performance. As a result, Advanced Sports Nutrition provides the most sophisticated and useful nutrition information on the market.
Advanced Sports Nutrition helped thousands of athletes apply the most effective and cutting-edge strategies for optimal fueling and performance. Now this best-seller returns, updated with the latest research, topics, and innovations in sports nutrition.
Far beyond the typical food pyramid formula, Advanced Sports Nutrition offers serious strategies for serious athletes. This comprehensive guide includes the latest nutrition concepts for athletes in any sport. World-renowned sports nutritionist Dr. Dan Benardot breaks down the chemistry of improved performance into winning principles that ensure athletes key energy systems are properly stocked at all times:
- Meal, energy, and nutrient timing guidelines to maintain that crucial energy balance throughout the day
- Optimal ratios and quantities of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals for any sport
- Guidelines on indentifying and maintaining optimal body composition for maximal power, strength, and athletic performance
- The latest research on ergogenic aids, such as quercitin and caffeine
- Strategies for avoiding gastrointestinal distress during activity and reducing exercise-induced inflammation
- The effects of travel, high altitude, and age on nutrition needs and performance
- Strategies for balancing fluid and electrolytes to avoid dehydration and hyperhydration
- Sport-specific guidelines for increased power, strength, and endurance
The best conditioning programs and technical instruction are beneficial only if your body is properly fueled and ready to operate at peak efficiency. With Advanced Sports Nutrition, Second Edition, you can be assured that when you are ready to push the limits of training and competition, your body is, too.
Dan Benardot, PhD, DHC, RD, LD, FACSM is an associate professor in the division of nutrition, School of Health Professions, and an associate professor in the department of kinesiology and health at Georgia State University. He serves as codirector of the Laboratory for Elite Athlete Performance, where athletes receive training and nutrition plans that assist them in their pursuit of athletic excellence.
As the national team nutritionist and a founding member of the Athlete Wellness Program for USA Gymnastics, Benardot worked with the gold-medal-winning womens gymnastics team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and also worked with the medal-winning USA marathoners at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He has served as an officer of the USA Figure Skating Sports Medicine Society and has had his research funded by several organizations, including the United States Olympic Committee. In addition to working with top athletes from a variety of professional team and individual sports, Benardot serves as the head scientific advisor for Calorie & Pulse Technologies, LLC, which has developed a Web site (www.SportsNutritionClinic.com) that assists athletes in achieving top performance.
Benardot received his PhD in human nutrition and health planning from Cornell University and a doctor of humane letters, honoris causa, from Marywood University. He is a registered and licensed (Georgia) dietitian of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). In addition to authoring numerous journal publications, he served as editor in chief of ADAs Sports Nutrition: A Guide for Professionals Working With Active People (2nd Edition), is the author of Nutrition for Serious Athletes, and is a coauthor of the ACSM Fitness Book (3rd Edition). Born in Salonika, Greece, Benardot gained his love for sport while growing up in the Lake Placid region of northern New York. He now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he enjoys tennis and photography.
Advanced Sports Nutrition offers practical applications backed by scientific research that will fuel your performance in any sport.
Beth Van Fleet -- Professional Beach Volleyball Player, Silver Medalist at the NORCECA Circuit
"Every athlete who follows Dan Benardot's recommendations in Advanced Sports Nutrition will train and compete at a higher level. The guidebook is full of essential, practical, simplified information that will help any team or individual achieve better performances."
Bob Larsen -- USTFCCCA Hall of Fame Inductee, Co-Chairman of the USATF Coaches Registry Task Force