What Makes You Fat As A Runner. Eating Junk Food? Eating Too Much? Or Not Running Enough?
If you intake more calories per day than you consume, you will gain weight. It’s as simple as that. You could eat 8 Big Macs a day and run 10 miles and lose weight simply because you’re burning what you’re consuming (and more).
In the past I’ve gained weight whilst running by taking the attitude that I can eat anything I want when I want, just because I’m running 40 miles a week.
This simply isn’t the case. The body is a machine and will store what it doesn’t burn as fat.
As a runner I try to minimise the amount of junk food I eat whilst making the effort to run as much as possible.
I make the point of not cutting out all junk food. For me that would just end in frustration and binge eating. In the past 18 months I’ve tried to create a lifestyle that will let me eat what I want (to an extent), run and maintain my weight. It hasn’t always worked out perfectly.
This year I have been unable to get my weight below 210lbs for an extended period of time. This is down to over eating when drinking alcohol at the weekends. I’ll eat relatively well throughout the week and then the weekend will come around and my nutrition will go to shit once I’ve started boozing.
The only way around this is to allocate certain ‘dry’ months throughout the year. Each January I will stop drinking altogether until February so that I give my body a chance to recover from all of the excesses of December and to lose some weight for the marathon season.
So What Makes Me Fat As A Runner?
It’s not any one factor on it’s own. It’s a combination of eating too much junk food and/or not running enough. It’s a balance that is very difficult to get right at times.