So I used to run Cross-Country in High School (long ago). Ran 7 miles a day. Since then, I have not ran much at all. I have had a couple kids, and gained 85 pounds of "baby fat'. Since October of last year, I have lost 55 of that. For the month of May I lost nothing. So I decided to start running again. I have about 20-30 more pounds to lose to be my BC (before children) weight. I have having a tough time with this last 20-30 pounds. Any suggestions??
I do Denise Austin and Billy Blanks DVD's 5 times a week. Plus I am now starting to run 3 times a week.
I eat fairly well. No soda, and no eating past 7pm. I was doing no sugar till June 1st. I try to watch my sugar, but the power/energy bars are loaded with them.
I don't eat much fruit, love my veggies. But I have a friend who says I should try EATING CLEAN??? Was told to watch my calories, fat, carbs, and protien. Not to worry about sugar??
If you can help PLEASE!!!
Diet, alone, will not lose you the weight you want to lose. It doesn't sound like there is anything particularly bad about yourt diet. As a runner, you will need more carbo-hydrates than the average person. You should be able to burn all of those calories (and more) off with a combination of long runs and tempo runs. If you increase your running distance and speed in a systematic, controlled way, you will see those pounds burn off. It took me about 8 months of running, but I am now down to a 30-inch waistline for the first time since I was 17 (I'm 51). I still eat lots of carbs, but I try for whole-grains. So, give it all you've got and give it some time. Oh, and try to get more fruit in your diet.
I`m going to give you slighty differant advice to Paul
You don`t need to go carb crazy if you are trying to lose weight - I`m in the early stages of marathon training and my long runs are up to 16 miles and I am managing just fine dieting at the same time
Low calories - my diet is about 1250 per day spread over 6 meals - I weight train or run most days - the weight training and 6 meals helps boost the metabolism
If you follow that guideline you won`t have much spare calories for sugar and you don`t need energy bars - if you want a good pre workout snack - 4 eggs whites 1/4 cup oatmeal blend and cook on a skillet - you can add a handful of berries or a spoonful or yougurt - - high in protien, moderate carbs for work out fuel, low in calories. You cal also drink a protien shake and have a piece of fruit - much better use of calories !
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