Nutrition is a very vast subject and there are tons of excellent books out there for your reading and reference. Here I would be covering the texts you can refer to while studying for sports nutrition. The major issue Indians may face is the cost of many of these texts, as they are mostly international editions.
Here are my recommendations:
1.Nutrition for Exercise Science – (ACSM) – this can be used as a base reference text in which latest available information and guidelines are incorporated, by ACSM (American College of Sports Nutrition). The content is easy to understand and thorough.
2.Nutrition for Sports & Exercise – Marie Dunford & J. Andrew Doyle
this text emphasizes the scientific basis for sports nutrition recommendations and highlights current research studies of trained athletes. The text helps you translate current nutrition
recommendations and guidelines into specific plans for the appropriate amount and type of foods, beverages and/or supplements to support training, performance and recovery–for a variety of sports. Detailed explanations of the connection between exercise and nutrition help you reach the ultimate goals–optimal performance and health. Giving you in-depth insight, entire chapters are devoted to diet planning, disordered eating and exercise patterns in athletes and lifelong fitness and health. In addition, MindTap Nutrition offers a wealth of digital resources to help maximize your study time.
3.Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook –in this text you’ll get real-world advice from an internationally respected and trusted sports nutritionist. You’ll find the latest research and information on what to eat before, during, and after exercise; sport drinks and energy foods; popular trends like keto and gluten-free diets; when and how much carbohydrate to eat; meal patterns that fit your training schedule; sustainability; and digestive issues.
You will learn practical tips regarding vegan, diabetic, gluten-free, low-FODMAP, and bariatric diets. You will also find help for athletes with anorexia and binge-eating disorders. You will learn how to resolve confusion about what to on a daily basis so you can make healthy and informed dietary decisions for yourself and your busy family. Clark’s practical suggestions for eating on the go will help you make good choices in any restaurant, cafe, drive-through, or convenience store. Learn what to eat before and during exercise and events, how to refuel for optimal recovery, , and what athletes need to know about relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S). With 89 family-friendly recipes, you’ll find plenty of meals to fuel performance that you can make right in your own kitchen. Whether you’re preparing for competition or simply fuelling your active lifestyle, Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook will show you how to get maximum benefit from the foods you choose and the meals you make.
4.Essentials of Exercise & Sports Nutrition: Science to Practice – Richard B. Kreider – this book offers an up-to-date assessment of the science and practice of exercise and sport nutrition. Kreider, who has conducted extensive research on the subject and has consulted with numerous teams, coaches, and athletes for more than thirty years, brings a scientific and applied perspective to discussing the latest research and how it can be used to optimize performance. He also 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.
5.ISE Williams’ Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport – Eric Rawson, David Branch & Tammy Stephenson –This text uses a question-answer approach, which is convenient when you may have occasional short periods to study, such as riding a bus or during a lunch break. In addition, the questions are arranged in a logical sequence, the answer to one question often leading into the question that follows .Where appropriate, cross-referencing within the text is used to expand the discussion. No deep scientific background is needed for the chemical aspects of nutrition and energy expenditure, as these have been simplified. Instructors who use this book as a course text may add details of biochemistry as they feel necessary.
6.Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide – Roberta Larson Duyff – since its first, highly successful edition in 1996, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide has continually served as the gold-standard resource for advice on healthy eating and active living at every age and stage of life. At once accessible and authoritative, the guide effectively balances a practical focus with the latest scientific information, serving the needs of consumers and health professionals alike. Opting for flexibility over rigid dos and don&;ts, it allows readers to personalize their own paths to healthier living through simple strategies. This newly updated Fifth Edition addresses the most current dietary guidelines, consumer concerns, public health needs, and marketplace and lifestyle trends in; sections covering Choices for Wellness; Food from Farm to Fork; Know Your Nutrients; Food for Every Age and Stage of Life; and Smart Eating to Prevent and Manage Health Issues.
7.Nutrition Society Textbook Set – Widely adopted in courses throughout the world, the prestigious Nutrition Society Textbook Series provides students with both specific scientific information and appropriate content. These ground-breaking titles: Provide students with the required scientific basics of nutrition in the context of a systems and health approach Enable teachers and students to explore the core principles of nutrition, to apply these throughout their training, and to foster critical thinking at all times Are fully peer reviewed, to ensure completeness and clarity of content, as well as to ensure that each book takes a global perspective. This set includes: Introduction to Human Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition Research Methodologies, Clinical Nutrition, Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Nutrition and Metabolism.