Vegetarian Sports Nutrition
Vegetarian Sports Nutrition
by D. Enette Larson-Meyer, PhD, RD
Human Kinetics, 2007, 272 pages
While many people can agree that a vegetarian diet is beneficial for general health and wellness, there is still a lot to learn about how going meat-free, or even reducing one’s meat intake, can affect one’s athletic performance. After all, many standard meal plans – especially those featured in women’s fitness magazines – feature chicken breast and lean beef as staples for building muscular strength and endurance.
Which begs the question: is a vegetarian or vegan diet suitable for those wishing to compete in bikini or figure competitions? What about those who wish to improve their running times or compete in Iron Man competitions? Is it possible that going meat-free can not only prove to be a safe alternative for athletes, but perhaps, improve fitness and athletic performance considerably?
These are the questions that are addressed in Vegetarian Sports Nutrition, and I venture to say that after reading this book, not only will you be convinced of a vegetarian diet’s safety and effectiveness in improving athletic performance, you will understand the science behind it. The author, D. Enette Larson-Meyer, PhD, RD, coins the phrase, “the vegetarian advantage”, and interweaves her own personal experiences as a vegetarian athlete throughout the content of the book, making a typically dry topic both thoughtful and engaging.
Don’t let the title fool you – even if you don’t consider yourself an “athlete” (and in my opinion, anyone who exercises at a moderate-to-high intensity 2-3x/week is an athlete), you will find the information in this book useful. It also covers a wide scope of “vegetarianism”, ranging from the strictest of vegans, to pescatarians (fish-eating vegetarians), to omnivores who partake in Meatless Mondays, discussing the potential risks and benefits of each.
- Getting Adequate Calories From Plant Sources
- Building Muscle Without Meat
- Optimizing Bone Health
- Boosting Iron Intake and Absorption
- Breaking Free of Multivitamin Dependence
- Reducing Muscle Cramps and Inflammation
- And instructions on how to customize your own meal plan, including meal plans for weight loss
This book is full of practical, consumable information and belongs on the bookshelf of every vegetarian/plant-based foodie.
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