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Athlete's Guide to Making Weight, The

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    Moving up or down a weight class? Switching positions within your sport? Competing in a new league or level? Are you big enough, quick enough, and strong enough?

    Elite athletes understand the impact that body weight and composition have on performance. Gain too much, and lose that all-important first step. Drop too much, and risk being overpowered by the opponent.

    In The Athlete’s Guide to Making Weight, renowned sport dietitians Michele Macedonio and Marie Dunford have analyzed today’s top athletes, competitive trends, and positional demands across 21 sports to help you determine—and achieve—your optimal competitive weight.

    Assess body composition, nutritional requirements, and your current training program. Then follow the customizable meal plans for a personalized approach to maximizing performance.

    Whether you need to add muscle and mass, lose body fat, or control water weight, The Athlete’s Guide to Making Weight will help you reach your goals without sacrificing safety or performance.

    Table of Contents

    Part I: Optimal Weight, Optimal Performance
    Chapter 1. Tipping the Scales in Your Favor
    Chapter 2. Identifying the Priorities for Your Sport
    Chapter 3. Analyzing Your Body, Assessing Your Weight
    Chapter 4. Charting Your Course for Success

    Part II: Strategies for Achieving Your Target Weight
    Chapter 5. Building a Solid Nutritional Base
    Chapter 6. Adding Muscle, Gaining Mass
    Chapter 7. Losing Fat, Winning Results
    Chapter 8. Weighing In on Water Weight
    Chapter 9. Sizing Up Supplement Use

    Part III: Meal Plans for Making Weight
    Chapter 10. Building Muscle
    Chapter 11. Losing Fat
    Chapter 12. Building Muscle and Losing Fat
    Chapter 13. Precision Meal Planning System

    About the Author

    Michele Macedonio, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, a nationally recognized dietitian and board-certified specialist in sport dietetics, is the team dietitian for the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds. A freelance nutrition writer and editor, Macedonio has authored many nutrition articles and educational materials and has contributed chapters to Sports Nutrition: A Guide for the Professional Working With Active People (third edition) and Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals (fourth edition). She has spent 25 years working on the nutrition of high school, collegiate, and professional athletes and other active people. Macedonio, a frequent lecturer, is the owner of the consulting firm Nutrition Strategies. She is also an active member of Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and the recipient of their 2007 Achievement Award. She holds master's degrees in health sciences education and nutrition from Case Western Reserve University. Macedonio lives in Loveland, Ohio.

    Marie Dunford, PhD, RD, is a freelance nutrition author and editor of nutrition education materials, including textbooks, consumer books, online courses, continuing professional education courses, and magazine and newspaper articles. She is coauthor of the textbook Nutrition for Sport and Exercise and editor of Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals (fourth edition). A former professor and chair in the department of food science and nutrition at California State University at Fresno, Dunford has extensive experience with NCAA Division I athletes. She is an active member of SCAN and recipient of their 2006 Achievement Award. She received a PhD in education from the University of Southern California and a master's degree in home economics from California State University at Fresno. Dunford lives in Kingsburg, California, and is an avid tennis player.

    Reviews

    "Michele Macedonio has dedicated her career to improving the lives of young competitors through nutrition. I refer all my athletes to Michelle and The Athlete's Guide to Making Weight for solid nutrition plans that help them develop to their potential."

    Scott Goodpaster BS,CSCS
    Owner and Director, Cincinnati Functional Fitness

    "Over the years, I've learned just how much nutrition and body weight influence athletic performance. In The Athlete's Guide to Making Weight, Macedonio and Dunford examine not only the demands of the sport, but the position played, to provide a clear plan for maximizing that performance.""

    Rudi Johnson
    Detroit Lions
    Pro Bowl Running Back

    "Michele Macedonio has been instrumental to my success as a professional athlete. She didn't just give me a diet; she showed me how playing at the right weight maximizes speed, agility, quickness, and strength. In The Athlete's Guide to Making Weight, Macedonio and Dunford show you how to achieve your ideal weight for peak athletic performance and Pro Bowl play."

    Landon Johnnson
    Linebacker for the Carolina Panthers

    "The programs in The Athlete's Guide to Making Weight have helped me add 30 pounds of muscle. I wouldn't be playing college baseball without these programs."

    Evan Schweinfest
    Xavier University Baseball Team

    Ancillaries

    Online resources for this book include materials to help you set realistic performance, weight, and health goals, including documents you can use to assess your current food intake and physical activity level and a form you can use to record your physical assessments and track your progress. There are also resources you can use to design a meal pattern to help you achieve your goals.
    These additional resources are FREE and available at www.HumanKinetics.com/TheAthletesGuidetoMakingWeight