I love to read and will read just about anything. For the past couple of years I have been reading mostly public health textbooks and the classic novels; however, the past 8 months I have been focused on reading nutrition and endurance training books. Some are better than others so here are a list of my favorite books to pick up and read.
- Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes, 3rd Ed. by Monique Ryan – This book is by far my favorite. It is packed full of the latest cutting-edge research on all the relevant topics that are important to endurance athletes such as carbo-loading, fueling for workouts, effective recovery, smart weight loss, and other topics. One thing that I really enjoy about this book was the fact Ryan addresses the unique needs of runners, cyclists, triathletes, and swimmers. Her view of nutrition for athletes is not the typical “one size fits all.” Athletes are individuals with individual needs and she does a good job addressing the various needs of everyone. Ryan provides a lot of the nitt-gitty science stuff, but without the big science terminology that makes some books hard to understand and boring. I highly suggest picking this book up!
- Nutrition Periodization for Endurance Athletes by Bob Seebohar – I purchased this book two years ago and read it but never really understood any of it. It sat on my book shelf collecting dust for a long time until I decided to pick it up again this past spring. I actually really read the book and implemented a lot of the information on nutrient timing into my training and it made a huge difference! The first few chapters provide information on nutrition basics such as metabolism, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, etc. The good stuff is in chapter three where Seebohar breaks down nutrient periodization and how it can enhance sports performance. The book is only about 165 pages so it’s a quick read, but packed with the important information that every athlete should know.
- Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 4th Ed. by Nancy Clark – This book is a classic within the sports nutrition field. It’s one of the first sports nutrition books I purchased. It’s packed full with all the information you need to know about sports nutrition. Clark also provides some great and simple recipes at the end of book.
- Racing Weight: Quick Start Guide by Matt Fitzgerald – I have not read the first book, which I hear is good. This is a book aimed at quick starting a diet plan for endurance athletes. It does not provide much of the background information on nutrition, but does give the information on what to eat and how to train to lose 10 pounds in a month. I haven’t followed the plan so honestly I’m not sure if it works or not. What I do like is how it tells you to calculate lean body weight and the ideal race weight. If you want a book that tells you what to do to lose weight then this might be a good book for you.