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Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook-5th Edition

Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook-5th Edition


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    Boost your energy, manage stress, build muscle, lose fat, and improve your performance. The best-selling nutrition guide is now better than ever!

    Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook will help you make the right choices in cafes, convenience stores, drive-throughs, and your own kitchen.

    Whether you’re preparing for competition or simply eating for an active lifestyle, let this leading sports nutritionist show you how to get maximum benefit from the foods you choose and the meals you make. You’ll learn what to eat before and during exercise and events, how to refuel for optimal recovery, and how to put into use Clark’s family-friendly recipes and meal plans.

    You’ll find the latest research and recommendations on supplements, energy drinks, organic foods, fluid intake, popular diets, carbohydrate and protein intake, training, competition, fat reduction, and muscle gain. Whether you’re seeking advice on getting energized for exercise or improving your health and performance, Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook has the answers you can trust.

    Instructors Guide with Supplementary Instructional Materials
    For educators who want to use Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook 5E as their textbook: please click on the ancillaries tab to find out how to get a free Instructors' Guide plus access to an image bank that contains many of the tables and charts from this 5th edition.

    Table of Contents

    Part I Everyday Eating for Active People
    Chapter 1     Building a High-Energy Eating Plan
    Chapter 2     Eating to Stay Healthy for the Long Run
    Chapter 3      Breakfast: The Key to a Successful Sports Diet
    Chapter 4     Lunch and Dinner: At Home, on the Run, and on the Road
    Chapter 5     Snacking for Health and Sustained Energy
    Chapter 6     Carbohydrate: Simplifying a Complex Topic
    Chapter 7     Protein to Build and Repair Muscles
    Chapter 8     Replacing Sweat Losses to Maintain Performance

    Part II The Science of Eating for Exercise
    Chapter 9     Fueling Before Exercise
    Chapter 10    Fueling During and After Exercise
    Chapter 11    Supplements, Performance Enhancers, and Engineered Sports Foods
    Chapter 12    Nutrition for Active Women
    Chapter 13    Sport-Specific Nutrition

    Part III Balancing Weight and Activity
    Chapter 14    Assessing Your Body: Fat, Fit, or Fine?
    Chapter 15    Gaining Weight the Healthy Way
    Chapter 16    Losing Weight Without Starving 
    Chapter 17    Dieting Gone Awry: Eating Disorders and Food Obsessions

    Part IV Winning Recipes for Peak Performance
    Chapter 18    Breads and Breakfasts
    Chapter 19    Pasta, Rice, and Potatoes
    Chapter 20    Vegetables and Salads
    Chapter 21    Chicken and Turkey
    Chapter 22    Fish and Seafood
    Chapter 23    Beef and Pork
    Chapter 24    Beans and Tofu
    Chapter 25    Beverages and Smoothies
    Chapter 26    Snacks and Desserts

    About the Author

    Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD, renowned author and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, is known for her ability to translate the science of nutrition for exercise and health into practical tips to enhance performance, manage weight, and resolve eating disorders. She has a private practice in the Boston-area (Newton, MA), where she offers nutrition consultations to both casual exercisers and competitive athletes. Her more renowned clients have included members of the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, and many collegiate, elite, and Olympic athletes from a variety of sports. She is team nutritionist for the Boston Red Sox.

    An internationally known lecturer, Clark has given presentations to professional groups such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), as well as team talks to athletes at Boston-area colleges. Clark offers workshops nationally to health professionals with her sports nutrition workshop series. As a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Virtual Marathon Training Program, Clark helps novice runners complete the distance.

    Clark received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College in Boston and her master’s degree in nutrition from Boston University. She completed her internship in dietetics at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a fellow of the American Dietetic Association, recipient of its Media Excellence Award, an active member of ADA’s practice group of sports nutritionists (SCAN), and a recipient of that group’s Honor Award. In addition, Clark is a fellow of the ACSM and a recipient of the Honor Award from ACSM’s New England chapter. Clark received the 2015 Nutrition Science Media Award from the American Society of Nutrition.

    Clark is the nutrition columnist for New England Runner and American Fitness and is a frequent contributor to numerous sports and fitness publications. She writes a monthly nutrition column called “The Athlete’s Kitchen,” which appears regularly in over 100 sports publications and Web sites. She has authored Nancy Clark’s Food Guide for Marathoners: Tips for Everyday Champions and The Cyclist’s Food Guide: Fueling for the Distance.

    She lives in the Boston area.


    “[Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook is] the go-to manual for active people to fuel their exercise endeavors… With a focus on sports nutrition, you’re not focused so much on losing, but on gaining. You’re gaining speed, strength and stamina along with mental acuity and improved wellbeing. Yes, it’s also a great recipe for fat loss, but the dropping of excess poundage, again, is a side benefit rather than a primary focus. And that’s what makes it sustainable. Sports nutrition is about the journey rather than the destination. Diet books come and go, but Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook continues to be the book of choice for those who want to find out what they’re physically capable of… [The book] made all the difference for me. I had done reasonably well in my fitness journey, having lost 30 pounds of fat and gained a fair amount of muscle, but around 2003 was when I really wanted to up my game. I wanted to get faster and stronger and leaner. The director of health and fitness programs at the University of Calgary recommended Nancy’s book to me, and that was the start of changing how I viewed everything to do with food and fueling athletic performance. A decade later I’m a muscular Boston Marathon qualifier who can see his abs. Thanks, Nancy.”

    James S. Fell-- Author of Lose It Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind


    All ancillary materials are FREE to course adopters and available online at

    Instructor Guide The instructor guide provides lecture-related resources that can be easily applied to a typical 16-week semester framework, including:

    1. An introduction explaining how to use the instructor guide components.
    2. Chapter objectives.
    3. Chapter summaries.
    4. Lecture aids: Ideas for lecture and/or presentation topics.
    5. Questions: Each chapter will have 8-10 test questions that consist of a balance of multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, or short answer/essay questions. These questions are meant to highlight key concepts from the chapters in order to test the students’ knowledge on such concepts.

    Image bank Includes most of the figures, tables, and photos from the text, sorted by chapter, that can be used in developing a customized presentation based on specific course requirements.