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Essentials of Exercise & Sport Nutrition: Science to Practice

The definitive exercise and sport nutrition book for athletes, strength and conditioning specialists, athletic trainers, exercise physiologists and researchers interested in optimizing training adaptations and performance.


Essentials of Exercise and Sport Nutrition: Science to Practice is an up to date and highly referenced assessment of the state of the science and practice of exercise and sport nutrition. It is authored by one of the world's leading sport nutrition scholars and co-founder of the International Society of Sport Nutrition, Dr. Richard B. Kreider. Dr. Kreider has conducted extensive research on exercise and sport nutrition and consulted with numerous teams, coaches, and athletes for over 30 years. He brings a scientific and applied perspective to discussing the latest research and how it can be applied to optimize performance in an easy to understand manner. Additionally, the book provides summary recommendations, training programs, and meal plans for beginners through athletes as well as for individuals who want to lose and/or manage their weight. This book is a must have for students studying exercise physiology, nutrition, and kinesiology as well as coaches, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, dietitians, sports medicine professionals, personal trainers, and sport scientists.


We all have a desire to look and feel good. Many of us also want to perform to the best of our ability whether it is in the weight room, in sports, or at work. Research has shown that exercise, proper nutrition, and adequate recovery are important factors that affect health and human performance. Although it would seem that educating the public about proper exercise and nutrition would be rather straight forward, there is a great deal of conflicting and confusing information available regarding exercise and nutrition. The purpose of this book is to provide an evidence-based overview of the essentials of sports nutrition for students and practitioners.


Chapter 1 - The Diet Foundation
Chapter 2 - Carbohydrates
Chapter 3 - Protein
Chapter 4 - Amino Acids
Chapter 5 - Fat
Chapter 6 - Vitamins and Minerals
Chapter 7 - Water & Fluid Replacement
Chapter 8 - The Training Table
Chapter 9 - Dietary Supplements
Chapter 10 - Muscle Building Supplements
Chapter 11 - Performance Enhancement Supplements
Chapter 12 - Recovery Nutrition
Chapter 13 - Weight Loss Strategies
Chapter 14 - Weight Loss Supplements
Chapter 15 - Performance Enhancement Programs
Appendix A - Training Programs
Appendix B - Meal Exchanges & Plans



This book has been translated into Spanish by Mayra A. Márquez, Professor Diego A. Bonilla, & Prof. Jorge L. Petro from Colombia.  The Spanish version hard cover is printed by Cloud Printer in the country (or closest country) to the purchaser in order to reduce shipping costs.  Paperback and Kindle e-Book versions are also available from Amazon.  Essentials is recommended by the International Society of Sports Nutrition as a reference text in preparation for the CISSN certification examination.  


Essentials has also been translated into Italian by Roberto Cannataro and Erika Cione.  It is available in paperback and Kindle e-Book versions by Amazon.  Essentials is recommended by the International Society of Sports Nutrition as a reference text in preparation for the CISSN certification examination.  







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“This is the most comprehensive, well-written, and practical exercise and sport nutrition books I have seen in years!"

Susan M. Kleiner, PhD, RD, FACN, CNS, FISSN - Cofounder of ISSN and author of POWER EATING

“This book is a superb text from one of the co-founders of the ISSN and pioneers in advancing the science of exercise and sport nutrition. it is a must-have for anyone who wants to keep pace with the rapidly expanding body of research in this dynamic field!"

Jose Antonio, PhD, FACSM, FNSCA, - CEO of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

“This book contains actual scientifically sound advice that is applicable in the here and now - thus athletes, coaches, sports nutritionists and others will benefit from having this book as one of their resources for performance enhancement an improved exercise recovery." 

Doug Kalman, PhD, RD, CCRC, FACN. Co-founder of the ISSN and Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Nutrasource

"Probably the best Sports Nutrition book ever! Concise but exhaustive, really updated!  I use it as a wonderful tool on the Master in Sport Nutrition program where I act as director. I hope an Italian version is available soon!"

   Prof.  Roberto Cannataro, Associate Researcher at University of Calabria and Sport Nutrition Consultant for the Italian Boxing Federation (FPI)   

“So many books on exercise come from the same old mold and offer little information. This book has broken that mold and presents answers to questions that only these researchers dare to ask." 

Gary Heavin, Founder and former CEO of Curves International


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