Making Nutrition Simple: Interview with Nancy Clark

nancy clark nutrition for runningRunning can be complicated enough when you consider the myriad of factors that go into the perfect training schedule. However, when you add in the difficulty of designing the perfect nutrition plan to compliment your training, things really get confusing.

Luckily, world-renowned running nutritionist Nancy Clark is on our podcast today to show you step-by-step how you can simplify your nutrition for optimal training and racing.

Nancy Clark is one of the most respected and influential sports nutritionist in the world. Perhaps she is most well known for her best selling sports nutrition book, Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook. However, she’s also penned the Food Guide for Marathoners: Tips for Everyday Champions and Food Guide for New Runners: Getting It Right From the Start.

On our show, Nancy is going to help you simplify your nutrition and help answer some tricky questions when it comes to sustainable weight loss and marathon racing. Specifically, we cover:

  • How to manage weight loss by following the simple practice of fueling by day, dieting by night.
  • How to establish “food buckets” to make meal decisions easy and to help you structure a nutrition plan that works for you.
  • We also cover nutrition during the marathon, including how many calories an hour to take in and different food choices to fuel your race.

Enjoy the interview and let us know in the comments section if you have any questions.

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Links and resources mentioned in this interview:

Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook

Food Guide for Marathoners: Tips for Everyday Champions

Food Guide for New Runners: Getting It Right From the Start.

Running and Weight Loss

1. Running and Weight Loss: How to Safely Lose Weight Without Sacrificing Your Training

2. How to balance weight loss without sacrificing running performance

3. Why You Might Gain Weight While Training for the Marathon

Nutrition Before Your Run

1. Should I Eat Before I Run? How to Fuel Your Body for Any Running Workout

2. How to practice your long run nutrition to find your sweet spot

Nutrition for Recovery

1. The Two Windows for Optimal Recovery After a Hard Workout or Race

2. What runners can learn from bodybuilders

3. Is Chocolate Milk Really a Good Recovery Drink After Running?

Marathon Nutrition

1. Marathon Long Runs on an Empty Stomach or Fully Fueled

2. The Lowdown on Energy Gels for Marathon Training and Racing

3. Sports Drinks vs. Water: When It’s Best To Use Each

4. Nutrition during the final weeks of marathon training

5. 6 Nutrition Tips for the Perfect Marathon Taper

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2 Responses on “Making Nutrition Simple: Interview with Nancy Clark

  1. Really agree with a lot of your guest’s statements, especially on sports beverages. The potassium content of Gatorade is small compared to any vegetable.

    Obviously you can’t refuel during a run with vegetables, but eating post run is probably a better option for health and weight control than Gatorade.

  2. Thank you for the interview with Nancy. It is really helpful to realign perspective to see food as fuel and think about fueling and refueling during the day while listening to your own body to strike a balance of appropriate eating and appropriate exercise. Her breakdown of caloric intake according to food “buckets” and doing away with the concept of a mid-afternoon “snack” is quite significant, as well as using protein intake according to body weight as a starting block. Loved her comments on the sport drink industry feeding on the ignorance of the public! Cheers.

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