When starting on a fat loss meal plan, one step many people take is to put themselves immediately onto a running program. Some take it even further and sign themselves up for a…
- 10k marathon,
- a half marathon, or
- the “king” of races the full on marathon.
But, is this the best of ideas if you are looking to lose body weight? Let’s go over a few things you need to know about these distance running events…
1. Fuel Is Essential. First things first, if you are going to participate in a running race, you are going to need fuel to do so. While the 10k marathon may be okay to do while looking to lose body fat, trying to do a half marathon or full marathon training program while on a hypocaloric meal plan is going to make you feel miserable.
Exercise is hard enough when you are dieting, so attempting to run for an hour or longer, is going to be a real struggle. Usually, people who are training for these events will end up eating more because of them.
So if you think you can stick to your weight loss meal plan despite running this much, you might want to reconsider.
2. Your Appetite Will Change. The second thing to know about running in one of these events is your appetite will change dramatically. Just like you’ll need to have incoming fuel for energy purposes for the run, you’ll also need incoming fuel to help keep hunger at bay.
After a two-hour run, for instance, you’ll be famished and want to eat everything in sight.
Sticking with your weight loss plan while doing this much running may feel like mission impossible, particularly since cravings for high carb and high fat food set in.
Here again, most runners find their appetite for high carb and high fat food becomes so uncontrollable they just cannot maintain their weight loss meal plan.
3. Recovery Could Be Compromised. Finally, the last thing to note is if you do try to diet while running in one of these events, your recovery will be jeopardized.
So you’ll have to choose – perform optimally with your run or stick with your weight loss meal plan. Very few people can do both at the same time.
So keep these points in mind. While signing up for a long running race may seem like a great way to burn fat faster, often it does the opposite. Many marathon runners will gain weight while training, despite the fact they are doing so much activity.
A better bet is a moderate calorie meal plan coupled with a moderate running program. That will get you to greater success.
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