BOOK REVIEW: The New Power Eating

Title: The New Power Eating
Author: Susan M. Kleiner
Publisher: Human Kinetics, ISBN: 9781492567264
Details: Paperback, 432pp
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Reviewed by Tony Boutagy, PhD, AEP, AES

There is a reason why Dr Kleiner’s book Power Eating has been highly regarded as a classic text on sports nutrition since 1998 – and that is because it is the perfect blend of practical, up-to-date sports science information coupled with very practical advice about food choices and meal plans. This 5th revision has incorporated the very latest science in sports nutrition, as well as additional chapters on the nutritional needs of females, brain fitness and nutritional supplements for the brain and nervous system.

The updated original chapters cover an array of topics that include the science of metabolism, how to fuel workouts, optimising recovery, and weight reduction. There are chapters that cover the latest on supplements for performance and muscle building, which include discussions on both traditional compounds and botanicals. Each component of theory is complimented with an explanation on how to establish your own needs based on weight, gender and training load.

The New Power Eating has three real strong points. Firstly, there are several chapters outlining the science and foundational knowledge underpinning sports nutrition. Where technical information may sometimes lend itself to being dry and uninteresting, Kleiner has brought the theory to life with many practical examples and has a great way of explaining complex concepts in an easy-to-understand way. I confess this was the first sports nutrition book I could not put down, and I read it in one sitting (with a cup of coffee, of which, I was soon to discover, Kleiner is a fan!)

Secondly, the book includes many special sections, tables and text boxes that give practical food choices and amounts; following from the author’s often repeated maxim food first. Formulas can be found to establish the macronutrient needs based on training goals and body weight. Carbohydrate, protein and fat contents of foods can be found in several tables. It also features food selections that provide recommended intakes of micronutrients, supplements and even botanicals.

Thirdly, the final section of the book gives actual eating plans and menus that allow for ideal ratios of macronutrients, with the recipes provided in the final chapter. There are menus for maintaining physique, building muscle, cross-training, fat loss and peaking. The section also starts with an invaluable discussion of how to work out what you should be eating and how much and in what proportions and ratios. This distils all the information in the book and allows you to apply it to any number of goals: this is a real strength of The New Power Eating.

Highly recommended for those who wish to understand more about sports nutrition and those who want to know how to apply the latest in sports nutrition, from the lab, to the kitchen.