Finding A Balance Between Running, Eating & Weight Loss
Over the past 2 years I’ve found it quite difficult to strike the balance between eating and weight loss.
When I first started out, I had the tendency to think that I could eat what I wanted and still lose weight easily.
This wasn’t the case.
In 2013, I dropped from 213lbs to 201lbs by using the MyFitnessPal food tracker website to keep my eating under control. Instead of setting myself a low calorific target such as 2,000 calories a day, I aimed for 3,000 and focused on running more to burn off the excess calories.
To find a sustainable diet and exercise regime for yourself, you have to experiment and see what works for you.
Through a lot of trial and error I’m now content that I’ve found a way to keep my weight under control.
I eat 3,000 calories per day and have never been happier. My regime does not feel like a diet. I’ve never been as healthy as this before in my life.
Do I Need To Eat Special Foods To Lose Weight As A Runner
You just need to keep track of what you’re eating and be consistent about it.
I’ve managed to lose close to 80lbs over the past 2 years by enjoying foods that I’ve always loved. I tend to get mocked quite a lot for having such an unhealthy diet, yet the pounds came off originally and have stayed off.
I spent my entire teenage years miserable as I thought the only way to lose weight and keep it off was to adopt a strict diet of salad and water.
This isn’t the case. You can enjoy the foods you’ve always loved and keep in shape by adopting an exercise regime and a calorie controlled diet. It’s as simple as that.
The reason why diets and other regimes exist is that they make money. Basic calorie counting does not make anyone money, but it can make you a lot happier.
Can I Eat Junk Food And Lose Weight With Running?
You can, but you’re making your life harder if you only eat junk food.
Whilst there’s nothing wrong with a burger or some cookies once in a while, you’re essentially killing off your weight loss progress if you eat nothing but junk food.
The greatest danger is that your weight loss will not only come to a halt but will reverse leaving you extremely demoralised.
I’ve found that when my morale drops then my eating slips too and fall into another vicious cycle of weight gain.
So before you tuck into a large Supersized meal think about the effort it will take to burn those calories in the first place. Do you really want to have to for a few hours just to torch a meal that you ate in half an hour?
Ultimately you will have to experiment with running to see just how much junk food you can eat whilst maintaining your weight.
Maybe you’ll be one of those fortunate souls who can eat nothing but junk food and never gain an ounce of weight.