The main objective of this book is to provide athletes and coaches with an overview of the latest guidelines in sports nutrition. While there is no such thing as a magic diet or food, there are many ways in which eating and drinking well can allow athletes at all levels of performance to achieve the special goals of their training and competition programs. It makes no sense to train hard and ignore the benefits that follow from good food choices. Whenever highly talented, motivated and well-trained athletes meet in competition, the margin between victory and defeat is small. Attention to detail can make that vital difference. Diet affects performance, and our eating and drinking patterns will influence how well we train and whether we compete at our best. All athletes need
to be aware of their personal nutritional goals and of how they can select an eating strategy to meet those goals.